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Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Gets a Third Volume

Jump back into the fray with series III of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, from the New York Times bestselling team of Matthew MercerJody Houser, Olivia Samson, MSASSYK, and Ariana Maher!

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III picks up with Vox Machina enjoying some R&R in Westruun’s lap of luxury. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out. So to keep themselves in the black they agree to join an underground fighting ring. But before they can bash their way to cash, their attention is snagged by the case of a missing child.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III #1 (of six) will be in comic shops on December 9, 2020.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series III #1 (of six)

Review: You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH TALES UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1

Everyone’s favorite member of the Umbrella Academy, Klaus Hargreeves aka Seance, finally gets his own solo series in You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 from writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon and the (sadly underrated in the United States) artist I.N.J. Culbard. The book also acts as a bit of a prequel to the main Umbrella Academy series and is set after Klaus is expelled from the Academy for drug use and other shenanigans by his exacting adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. But it’s an entertaining story in its own right full of, well, drug use, vampire chimpanzee crime lords, a dash of humor, and clean, evocative art and colors from Culbard.

With a varied power set and a charismatic personality in both the Umbrella Academy show and comics, Klaus’ escapades are ripe fodder for a solo spinoff. Way, Simon, and Culbard spend the first small bit of the book establishing why Klaus is so out of place at the Umbrella Academy and establishing his frenemy-ish relationship with his siblings Luther, Allison, and Diego as well as his enmity-filled relationship with Sir Reginald through zippy, humorous vignettes. Culbard uses grid-like layouts to show how Klaus is trapped in the orderly world of the Academy before opening up the page when he hits the road to The City and beyond with a dream and a cardigan. (And a suitcase for accuracy purposes.) His color choices also match this mood going from neutral tones to basically candy with the ever-present green whenever Klaus uses his abilities, such as possessing people or communicating with the dead.

Something I love about Umbrella Academy is how much it embraces the strangeness of superpowers and the folks that wield them starting in the first issue of the series when the young Umbrella Academy fights Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel in Paris. Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard continue that tradition in You Look Like Death #1 while maintaining laser focus on the character of Klaus and what he does to keep busy/have fun/keep the talking to dead people pain away while being away from his siblings. The miniseries has been advertised to take place in Hollywood, but the lion’s share of You Look Like Death #1 takes place in The City.

Way, Simon, and Culbard dig into the generic superhero city, NPCs, and all aspect of the setting as soon as Klaus packs his bags. I will probably never stop laughing at a place where you can obtain drugs at a shop with a neon sign that says “Drugs” and is probably part of larger 7/11-esque franchise owned by the aforementioned chimpanzee vampire drug lord. This playful approach to setting persists even when Klaus hits the West Coast, and he goes from standing out to being just part of the scenery. And speaking of the scenery, I.N.J. Culbard adds all kind of wonderful background dressing when Klaus goes out and about, like interesting back tattoos or darkly humorous posters in adoption centers, that add to the liveliness of the world that he, Gerard Way, and Shaun Simon have crafted. I am definitely down to follow Klaus down some dark alleys and into buildings with fun graffiti patterns and even more fun denizens inside.

You Look Like Death #1 is a direct hit to the pleasure-feeling parts of your brain. I got the same feeling from reading this comic as I did driving into cop cars and hapless civilians in the Grand Theft Auto games sans all the unnecessary carnage. Klaus uses his powers for pure hedonism, angers authority figures, and has a good time, rinse and repeat. There’s also a bit of void-filled darkness because what else would you expect from a co-writer, who sang lead vocals on “Helena”. However, that’s background radiation. For now, You Look Like Death is the feel-good party comic with queer lead of 2020, but drink plenty of water and get ready for that hangover in subsequent issues…

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
 Art: I.N.J. Culbard Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comics With Around 160 New Releases

Iron Man #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital needs. There’s around 160 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of what you can get here or the individual issues by the publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Abrams Comicarts

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

HarperCollins

Hermes Press

Heroic Publishing

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

NBM

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

SelfMadeHero

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Top Shelf Productions

Valiant

Vault Comics

Virus

Zenescope


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Seven Secrets #2

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.

Batman #99 (DC Comics) – Easily the best issue of “Joker War” so far. This is the point where it finally comes together and gets us hyped for Batman #100.

Detective Comics #1027 (DC Comics) – DC celebrates 1000 issues since Batman’s debut. It’s packed full of creators and as always these are a fun read.

Giant-Size X-Men: Storm #1 (Marvel) – Storm is supposed to get the spotlight soon and it begins with this issue. It’ll be a key one from our reading of things.

Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison (Abrams Comicarts) – Journalist Sarah Mirk tell the stories of ten people whose lives were shaped by the prison including prisoners, lawyers, social workers, and service members.

Heavy #1 (Vault Comics) – The series is going to be a hit. We already have two positive reviews and more on the way. Read our reviews here and here.

Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – A new volume and a back to basics. We’re excited to see what Christopher Cantwell brings as a writer because his Doom has been amazing.

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio (Abrams Comicarts) – If you don’t know the history, this is a good place the start.

The Mueller Report (IDW Publishing) – We’ve been excited for this since it was announced. Shannon Wheeler and Steve Duin take on the infamous report giving their own entertaining spin.

Seven Secrets #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a lot of fun about a secret order protecting something that could potentially change/destroy the world. We’re excited to see where this series goes from the debut and if it can keep up the energy.

Slaughterhouse-Five (BOOM! Studios) – The classic book is adapted into comics for the first time.

Stillwater #1 (Image Comics) – A new horror series from Chip Zdarsky, Mike Spicer, and Ramon K. Perez. Those names alone make it a buy.

Tenacious D: Post Apocalypto (Fantagraphics) -Tenacious D comes to comics in this graphic novel! “Music” comics are a big thing right now and this graphic novel is sure to be wanted by fans of the band.

You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – We loved the issue and you can read our review here. If you’re an Umbrella Academy fan, it’s a buy.

ComiXology Delivers Nearly 60 New Digital Comics For You Today

Batman #99

It’s Tuesday which means it’s one of two new comic book days this week! ComiXology has nearly 60 new digital comics for you to buy and read right now. Check out the full list of everything you can get here or the individual issues by publisher below!

Abrams Comicarts

Coamix

comiXology Originals

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Fantagraphics

Harlequin

Kodansha

Marvel

VIZ Media

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling from Mariko Tamaki and Babs Tarr is a Surprise Drop Today

Check this out! Overwatch and Dark Horse Comics have surprised folks with the new Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling comic series based on everyone’s favorite damage hero, Tracer!

Illustrated by the New York Times bestselling comic artist Babs Tarr and written by the Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki, the series will follow a Young Tracer as she zips through the streets of her hometown.

The series officially launches today with the first release of five issues. Issue #1 is making its digital debut for players and fans to read for free exclusively via Dark Horse Digital and on PlayOverwatch! The comic is available in over 13 languages so players around the world can join our hero on her adventures in the UK!

Alongside the London Calling comic series, Overwatch is hosting the Tracer Comic Challenge. Players can earn a brand-new epic skin, Comic Book Tracer, and other cosmetic goodies by winning games of Overwatch beginning tomorrow Sept. 15 – Sept. 28. The skin features original art from the London Calling comic book issue. A variety of comic book themed sprays can be earned by watching Overwatch streamers on Twitch during the same period.

Ever get that feeling of déjà vu? Soon you will, because Issues #2 through #5 will be released monthly so you can follow along each month as Tracer darts around town. For fans who want to collect them all, every issue in the series will be available in print with issue #1 hitting comic shelves on December 2, 2020!

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling

Early Review: You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH TALES UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1

Everyone’s favorite member of the Umbrella Academy, Klaus Hargreeves aka Seance, finally gets his own solo series in You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 from writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon and the (sadly underrated in the United States) artist I.N.J. Culbard. The book also acts as a bit of a prequel to the main Umbrella Academy series and is set after Klaus is expelled from the Academy for drug use and other shenanigans by his exacting adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. But it’s an entertaining story in its own right full of, well, drug use, vampire chimpanzee crime lords, a dash of humor, and clean, evocative art and colors from Culbard.

With a varied power set and a charismatic personality in both the Umbrella Academy show and comics, Klaus’ escapades are ripe fodder for a solo spinoff. Way, Simon, and Culbard spend the first small bit of the book establishing why Klaus is so out of place at the Umbrella Academy and establishing his frenemy-ish relationship with his siblings Luther, Allison, and Diego as well as his enmity-filled relationship with Sir Reginald through zippy, humorous vignettes. Culbard uses grid-like layouts to show how Klaus is trapped in the orderly world of the Academy before opening up the page when he hits the road to The City and beyond with a dream and a cardigan. (And a suitcase for accuracy purposes.) His color choices also match this mood going from neutral tones to basically candy with the ever-present green whenever Klaus uses his abilities, such as possessing people or communicating with the dead.

Something I love about Umbrella Academy is how much it embraces the strangeness of superpowers and the folks that wield them starting in the first issue of the series when the young Umbrella Academy fights Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel in Paris. Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard continue that tradition in You Look Like Death #1 while maintaining laser focus on the character of Klaus and what he does to keep busy/have fun/keep the talking to dead people pain away while being away from his siblings. The miniseries has been advertised to take place in Hollywood, but the lion’s share of You Look Like Death #1 takes place in The City.

Way, Simon, and Culbard dig into the generic superhero city, NPCs, and all aspect of the setting as soon as Klaus packs his bags. I will probably never stop laughing at a place where you can obtain drugs at a shop with a neon sign that says “Drugs” and is probably part of larger 7/11-esque franchise owned by the aforementioned chimpanzee vampire drug lord. This playful approach to setting persists even when Klaus hits the West Coast, and he goes from standing out to being just part of the scenery. And speaking of the scenery, I.N.J. Culbard adds all kind of wonderful background dressing when Klaus goes out and about, like interesting back tattoos or darkly humorous posters in adoption centers, that add to the liveliness of the world that he, Gerard Way, and Shaun Simon have crafted. I am definitely down to follow Klaus down some dark alleys and into buildings with fun graffiti patterns and even more fun denizens inside.

You Look Like Death #1 is a direct hit to the pleasure-feeling parts of your brain. I got the same feeling from reading this comic as I did driving into cop cars and hapless civilians in the Grand Theft Auto games sans all the unnecessary carnage. Klaus uses his powers for pure hedonism, angers authority figures, and has a good time, rinse and repeat. There’s also a bit of void-filled darkness because what else would you expect from a co-writer, who sang lead vocals on “Helena”. However, that’s background radiation. For now, You Look Like Death is the feel-good party comic with queer lead of 2020, but drink plenty of water and get ready for that hangover in subsequent issues…

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
 Art: I.N.J. Culbard Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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


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ComiXology Has Your New Comic Book Day Covered with Close to 125 New Digital Releases

Empyre: Aftermath Avengers (2020) #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day! ComiXology has you covered with your digital releases with close to 125 new comics available to purchase right now. Check out the full list of releases and start buying now or check out what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

Action Lab: Danger Zone

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Keenspot

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

Th3rd World Studios

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 9/5

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.


Brett

Strange Adventures #5 (DC Comics) – The series is Tom King’s latest exploring his time in a war zone and like a good mystery and political thriller each chapter is a piece of the puzzle. The issue is another solid entry into the overall dance he’s crafting though it’s hard to measure the overall quality until the full picture is clear. While the issue is good I really want to see where this all goes. Overall Rating: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – The latest volume for the character meant to capitalize on the film. There’s a few things I look forward to with each volume, solid action and solid espionage. This delivers both in an first issue that feels like the opening of a Bond film just before the credits roll. Overall Rating: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Alien: The Original Screenplay #2 (Dark Horse) – I’ve never read the original screenplay for the beloved film so seeing it adapted for comics makes me beyond happy. I love the franchise and it’s always interesting to see how things might have been. So far, it feels like a solid different take on a familiar story with everything that made the original great. Overall Rating: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Grendel Kentucky #1 (AWA Studios) – A new take on the classic story of Grendel. It’s an ok start with a lot of good ideas and teases but doesn’t quite have the hook I was hoping for. It’s too many cliches and characters that have potential but you never quite connect with them. This one might be read better as a whole than individual issues. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Space Moby Dick? This new series is big on concepts involving dead space gods being mined for materials and the search for one that’s alive. The art is what really pops here with some amazing visuals. The character too stand out giving us a group that has some great interactions and chemistry. A fun and interesting sci-fi debut. Overall Rating: 8.0 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 (**).

Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic releases of Nearly 150 New Comics

Empyre #6

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your hookup for your digital needs! There’s nearly 150 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of comics here and get buying now or see what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Action Lab Entertainment

AfterShock

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Titan Comics

Valiant

Zenescope


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