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Dark Horse to Debut “Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition” in 2018

Kazuo Koike’s samurai epic Lone Wolf and Cub has long been considered a masterpiece of graphic fiction. And Dark Horse is thrilled to announce the release of the oversized gallery edition coming in 2018!

Lone Wolf and Cub is a staggering, sprawling epic, and a tour de force of storytelling, both in the complex, emotional narrative of writer/creator Kazuo Koike and the explosive kineticism and subtle expressiveness of artist Goseki Kojima. Featuring Kojima’s spectacular illustrations at original size on heavy-stock art paper, the Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition is a must-have for collectors and enthusiasts of the finest comic art ever created. Reproduced from high-resolution full-size scans of the original art created over forty years ago, fans will have the opportunity to experience this spectacular body of work in as close to its original format as has ever been possible.

Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition HC goes on sale May 23, 2018.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 12/17

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.

 


Joe

Mister Miracle # 5 (DC Comics) King and Gerards have been weaving a wonderfully epic tale using the eternal war between Apokolips and New Genesis as a back drop. That MMIR_Cv5_dsis not where the book shines though. King has an amazing way of making these awe inspiring deity-like characters so very human. I loved everything in this issue. Where have we ever seen a trial of a Superhero much less a New God, take place in his living room? The issue issue the aftermath of Scot Free being sentanced to death by the New Highfather, Orion. Scot does what anyone would do with their last days: spend it with the person he loves most. The way Barda is presented here is such a joy as she is trying to hold it together knowing her love is sentanced to imminent death. They take selfies with fans, have a last meal and get hilariously stuck in traffic just like any human couple and it never feels above them. King has found a way to make the New Gods very relatable and this whole series has been a triumph. I might be out of line here but  Overall: 10. Yeah thats right. Read if you disagree. It’s that good.

 

Shean

Despicable Deadpool #290 (Marvel) We catch up with Wade and Cable as they chase Stryfe, Cables evil across time and space. Their travels bring them to NYC, where they get in a scuffle with some Vampires . The funniest scene in the book is when they enter a DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 1portal where the reader gets to see 100 different versions of fun himself.By book’s end, Deadpool kills Viking Cable as the duo realizes Stryfe is about to make some clones of himself once again. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

She Hulk #160 (Marvel) We catch up with Jennifer shortly after being abducted by The Leader and his sycophant, Robyn. As this issue becomes the Marvel version of “Misery”, as Robyn regails her with tales of how much of a fangirl she is of She-Hulk. We flashback to how Robin abducted Jennifer and gets into the reasons why. By the end of this episode, Robyn becomes Jennifer’s version of Abomination. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Brilliant Trash #2 (Aftershock) – This series seems to be shifting its focus to a third protagonist in just its second issue, while the main character who appeared on the cover last time out is literally nowhere to be found. If that makes it sound like writer Tim Seeley’s attention span is spread pretty thin, well — that’s precisely the case. Priscilla Petraites’ art is still nice enough, if unspectacular, but it’s not only difficult to see where this book is going — it’s difficult to figure out where it is now. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass

Grass Kings #10 (Boom! Studios) – An uncharacteristically weak issue this time out, as writer Matt Kindt deepens the murder mystery that has moved to the series’ core with Grass Kings 10clumsy and stilted dialogue, while Tyler Jenkins’ watercolor-style art looks nice enough on a “macro” level — but on a “micro” level is pretty damn flawed given that his characters’ facial expressions often bear little to no resemblance to the action taking place in the scene or even to the words coming out of their mouths. A weird one, to be sure. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

Mister Miracle #5 (DC)** – What’s supposed to be the last day of Scott Free’s life proves to be a compelling examination of his relationship with his wife, Big Barda, that’s by turns touching, philosophical, romantic — and even kinky (although the particular bit of “adult fun” they’re into shouldn’t be all that surprising given that we’re talking about an escape artist here). All that being said, the “cliffhanger” ending, while brutal, is anything but surprising. Apart from that, though, Tom King and Mitch Gerads are still firing on all cylinders. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy

Royal City #8 (Image)** – Jeff Lemire’s slow-burn trip back to the early ’90s is certainly compelling, if so far free or anything remotely resembling surprises, but it’s the humanity of his central characters that’s the real “hook” here, and those hooks are getting into readers very deeply indeed by this point. Nothing flashy or overwhelming here, just solid, smart, resonant storytelling that pretty much anyone can relate to. Quiet and gripping at the same time? That takes some real skill right there. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy

Logan

WicDiv Christmas Special (Image) The WicDiv Christmas Special is the sexiest and most emotional piece of fanservice you will read in 2017. Kieron Gillen and guest artists Kris Anka, Jen Bartel, Emma Vieceli, Rachel Stott, and Chynna Clugston-Flores show the beautiful, volatile relationships of the Pantheon before everything went haywire. The Anka drawn Baal and Inanna penises are definitely the main attraction here. Overall: 10 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 (**).

Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Offering is Overwatch and Black Hammer

Visit your local comic shop on May 5, 2018 for Free Comic Book Day 2018! Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce our FCBD Gold Comic featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer, with a cover by Kate Niemczyk.

The Overwatch story boasts art from Niemczyk with Andrew Robinson and Joelle Sellner uniting to write the adventures of Zarya. In Overwatch: Searching, Sergeant Aleksandra Zaryanova is sent to eliminate the elusive hacker, Sombra. To do so, she reluctantly teams up—and butts heads—with an omnic hacker. As they hone in on their target, Zarya realizes that she will have to reassess her worldview about omnics.

In the world of Black Hammer—a thousand years in the future—a collection of teenage superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, are determined to solve the riddle of what happened to the last great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer creators Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston return to their opus as writer and artist respectively with Wilfredo Torres joining Ormston in illustrating and Dave Stewart providing his colorist skills to the project.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Learn more at FreeComicBookDay.com.

Look out next week for Dark Horse’s Silver Free Comic Book Day announcement and 2018 offerings!

Dark Horse Comes to Madefire

Madefire has announced that it will be bringing a range of best-selling Dark Horse graphic novels to the Madefire platform. Kicking off with a selection of high-profile entertainment franchises, Madefire and Dark Horse also have plans to expand the catalog in 2018.

With an incredible year of announcements behind it, Madefire now carries an impressive selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, from industry leaders such as Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics and many others. Now, the unique Madefire platform is the ideal place to discover and enjoy the great talent and range of legendary Dark Horse graphic fiction.

Review: Giants #1

A cataclysm of unknown origins unleashed a race of gigantic monsters whose presence has driven humanity underground.

There, two orphans discover that the most dangerous monster is ambition, which unchecked, will grow until it devours you!

I don’t know the Valderrama brothers, at least nothing jumps out at me, so their “first American work” isn’t much of a draw on that alone, but it did get me interested enough to check Giants #1 out. Written by Carlos Valderrama with art by Miguel Valderrama this series is familiar in a way that it feels like something I’ve read or seen before but its presentation is entertaining enough that I don’t care about that at all.

A combination of giant monster story and post apocalyptic gangs, the first issue introduces us to two young kids who want to be a part of one of those gangs and in their mind protected in a way. It’s a harsh reality of what would drive someone to join a gang, simple, yet the reality for many. They have a mission though where they need to get a valuable material to bring back and that sends them on their adventure where things go sideways.

The reader is thrown into this world without much as far as explanation but the way everything is presented in both story and look of it all, nothing seems out of place or odd enough to question anything. Carlos’ writing flows well and while everything feels familiar, there’s still something interesting about the presentation and our two main characters. That’s partially due to Miguel’s art style which has an almost anime aspect to it all and creates a sense of flow that’s exciting along with entertaining.

Giants is a mash-up of familiar genres and tropes and in the first issue doesn’t present anything new as far as that but what it does is present that familiar in a way that’s beyond competent and entertaining. This is just solid writing and solid art together to create an entertaining experience.

Story: Carlos Valderrama Art: Miguel Valderrama
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Suicide Squad #31 (DC Comics) – Harley makes the tough call between saving her team mate and putting down the bad guy. We also find out who got the squad together and in this big fire fueled, phantom zone adjacent mess.

Runaways #5 (Marvel) – The return of Princess Powerful is the best damn way to get me to do anything!

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series that feels rather familiar. Humanity now lives underground due to giant monsters that live above and society is a bunch of gangs vying for control and supplies. It’s an entertaining first issue, enough so I want to read the second right away. While it’s not totally original (so far), it’s really well done.

Action Comics #993 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold people!!!!

Coyotes #2 (Image Comics) – I thinly veiled metaphor about human trafficking? Yes please!

Judas #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The award for comic to most likely cause a protest goes to…

Star Wars #40 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics, you’re missing out.

Dark Horse Delivers Double Yahtzee

Yahtzee Croshaw is a master of parody, satire, and dark humor, and now Dark Horse is thrilled to announce new editions of his first and second prose novels Mogworld and Jam, designed to accompany your copy of Will Save the Galaxy for Food on your bookshelf!

In Mogworld, a world full of video game heroes, Jim couldn’t be less interested in saving the day. Particularly since he’s been dead for sixty years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.

And in Jam, prepare for an apocalypse no one could have predicted! Fire, flood, or nuclear fallout may be on your typical end of times menu, but no one expected the end to be quite so sticky… or strawberry-scented.

Mogworld TPB and Jam TPB go on sale May 16, 2018.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 12/10

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.

 


Logan

No1WithABullet_02-1.pngIceman #8 (Marvel) Having not one, but two Icemen spices up Sina Grace’s banter starting with a hilarious scene where they talk about boys while an unnamed Pyro spouts off banal dialogue about mutant rights. Artist Robert Gill really sells the scene by having ice golems beat the bad guy up in the background while young and old Iceman have a heart to heart. Speaking of heart to heart, the tension between Iceman and his parents continues as they see young Iceman as a chance to get things “right”. It’s emotionally difficult, but bolstered by plenty of jokes, boy drama, and Gill’s beefcake take on Daken, who is likely going to play a role in future issues. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

No. 1 with a Bullet #2 (Image) Jacob Semahn, Jorge Corona, and Jen Hickman really hit their stride in No. 1 with a Bullet #2 by exploring the emotional fallout of a sex video of protagonist Nash Huang and her boss leaking via high tech contact lens cameras. Corona uses close-ups and Hickman uses clashing colors to show Nash’s feelings of sadness and rage in a character driven issue that deals with the real life problem that men think they’re entitled to women’s bodies. In light of the sexual abuse of men like Harvey Weinstein and more, this is tough, yet important read and looks at real world issues in an empathetic way through the lens of the horror and sci-fi genres. It also has a hell of a cliffhanger. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

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Iron Fist #75 (Marvel) As the battle Royale rages on, Choshin, Constructor as well as Sabretooth kick heads, as it is every man for himself.As Sabretooth and Iron Fist catches up with Constrictor, they find someone else wearing his costume, who has a whole separate agenda. Choshin unfortunately gts his hands on the Book of the Iron Fist and unleashes some ungodly evil.By issue’s end, our heroes and Choshin’s goons arrive in KunLun, making it one step closer to taking down the Iron Fist once and for all. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Spirits of Vengeance #3 (Marvel) Right from the onset of this issue, we feel an origin story for “Blood Money”, as it goes all the way back to Judah and his thirty pieces of silver.This issue also serves as an introduction to our villain, Nacrodamus, which is the most powerful evil the Spirits of Vengeance has ever seen. Our heroes venture into the underworld through an ancient gateway, Port Brimstone.By issues end, they enter a barlooking much like the Most Eisley Cantina, except with demons galore in place of aliens, finding the very person who Judas the silver pieces. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

GravediggersUnion_02-1The Fix #10 (Image)**  Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber return after a long hiatus with an issue that, frankly, shows plenty of rust. There’s a few laughs, but the overall tone and tenor of the book seems a shadow of its former self, scripting and art both seem a little lazy, and the cliffhanger is bog-standard “let’s see how he gets out of this one” stuff. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

The Gravediggers Union #2 (Image)** Wes Craig and Toby Cypress continue to impress with their nascent series, as this second issue serves up more eye-popping art, original concepts, sharp and concise dialogue, and smart “world-building.” These guys are building something kinda special here, and the growing cast of characters is uniformly interesting and compelling. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Violent Love #10 (Image)**  Frank J. Barbieri and Victor Santos put the wraps on their “Badlands/””Natural Born Killers”-inspired crime series with a terrific final issue that wraps up every loose thread and serves up a deliciously cold little bit of revenge at the very end. Terrific art has been a hallmark of this book throughout, and this one pulls out all the stops on the visual front, as well. The back-up feature by Ryan Ferrier and Jamie Jones closes out in thoroughly satisfying fashion, as well. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #36 (DC)  Whaddya know, I actually liked this one! Tom King’s dialogue is still overly-stylized and frankly somewhat interchangeable from one character to the next, but he “gets” the dynamic of the Batman/Superman friendship, the simple plot manages to stay on the right side of the clever/cliche divide (albeit just barely), and the art by brothers Clay and Seth Mann is superb and dynamic. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Christopher

Dept H #21 (Dark Horse) Mia gets a powerful gift from Roger that reveals a lot. Not only about Roger and Hari’s relationship, but the lives of Mia’s parents. The one Roger saw in person, and through film. Revealing how he loved and disposed the happiness Hari found. Showing the final moment of Hari’s life in splendid and grainy black and white footage that really stands out in this issue. Contrasting vastly with the rest of the panels in this issue. Overall: 9 


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 (**).

The Doctor is in for this New Black Hammer Universe Spin-Off

Following the success of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer and its spinoff series Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, Dark Horse is excited to announce the next installment in the Black Hammer universe, Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost TomorrowsAbe Sapien artist Max Fiumara joins Jeff Lemire in the new four-issue miniseries. Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and talented letterer Nate Piekos round out this super creative team. Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows will feature variant covers by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, J.G. Jones, Dustin Nguyen, and Annie Wu.

Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows is a dual-narrative story that chronicles the legacy of the Golden-Age superhero Doctor Star. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer’s greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.

The first issue (of four) of Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows goes on sale March 07, 2018.

Dave McKean’s Surreal Short Films Come to Dark Horse

Dark Horse presents Dave McKean’s short cinema on Blu-ray included in a 9 ½” x 11″ hardcover book featuring photos, posters, stills, drawings, and more. A must-have for McKean fans!

Best known for his work with Neil Gaiman and his Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Cages and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, Dave McKean also created inventive, surreal short films. McKean’s films have been collected in this Blu-ray release, accompanied by a behind-the-scenes hardcover book.

Dave McKean: Short Films HC goes on-sale June 27, 2018.

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