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Preview: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Black Sun #1

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Black Sun #1

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Stephen Green (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover)

When an unknown creature attacks a research group on an Arctic expedition, Hellboy and the BPRD are sent to investigate. No longer the newbie, Hellboy thinks he can solve the mystery immediately, but what they find in the snow reveals something much bigger behind the beast.

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Review: Aliens: Defiance #3

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Mutiny aboard the Europa. After accessing a Weyland-Yutani network buoy which reprograms their directives, several Davis synthetics seek to take down the mysterious Davis 01 unit and take the ship back to Earth. Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks and Davis 01 must survive an organized tactical assault in deep space.

Things that start strange seem to add more mystery and weirdness as they go on. Despite Aliens: Defiance being only 3 issues in, that seems to be true of this series and something writer Brian Wood is using to his advantage. The issue brings in more synthetics, except unlike Davis they aren’t friendly, or lacking in firepower. For fans of the Alien universe, non-friendly synthetics will surely cause tension to build.

There are quite a few standout scenes in this issue by artist Riccardo Burchielli. My favorite has to be the slow motion grenade launch. It manages to bring a sense of gravity, and danger to the scene… before everything goes boom.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Riccardo Burchielli
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Dept H. #5

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Under six miles of water, the pressure is rising. On her mission to rescue her brother, Mia encounters some of the ocean’s most dangerous creatures. It seems that the more clues she uncovers about her father’s murder, the more complicated the case becomes.

The pressure builds in Dept. H #5 as things go from bad to almost catastrophic. While issue keeps the dark, mystery constant it does reveal water spiders! The small aquatic arachnids make things interesting, as they are capable of mimicking voices which adds to the creepy factor. Despite managing to rescue Mia’s brother, things get worse. I’m really curious to see how writer Matt Kindt wraps up the series with only a few issues remaining.

The watercolor art style really works well for this series. It aids in creating a convincing ocean environment, with a lot of contrast. The large turtle seen on the cover actually makes an appearance inside the darkness of the cave. It’s not just a beautiful image on the cover. Kindt along with Sharlene Kindt continue to deliver a comic that’s as amazing to look at as it is to read.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Cryptocracy #3

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The Nine Prophecies foretell a great cataclysm and the end of the age of the Nine Families that secretly rule the world. The first has come true, and now the mysterious and deadly Hum aims to fulfill the others. Agent Grahame is desperate to prove that Hum is just a man—a man who can be killed. Elsewhere, radio host Bela is drawn into the fight for the fate of the world as she learns some of the Families’ long-hidden secrets.

Two prophecies have now been fulfilled. Leaving everyone wondering how much longer the families have before all nine have been defeated. Writer Van Jensen gives us something wild at the end of the issue, but I won’t spoil it. It’s best to see this for yourself. Each issue leaves the reader eager for more issues, as more and more of this world and the conspiracy is revealed.

The cover is very eye-catching and hopefully will attract more readers of those who have ignored past issues. The art by Pete Woods manages to amplify the power of the beings. The cover is a perfect example of that, it just screams power.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Dark Horse Wants to Help You With Mark Perez’s How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything

Dark Horse has announced it’s branching into the self-help book market with How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything by Mark Perez. Scott Shaw lends his Emmy Award–winning illustration skills to the Hollywood screenwriter’s debut illustrated prose book, a humorous how-to for burgeoning criminals.

The satirical novel follows the adventures of one of the most notorious con men in the United States. Jonathan Dough (an alias, of course) relates to Perez stories from his turbulent upbringing and entertaining adulthood. In addition to the personal tales, Dough also shows how to commit crimes and pull off successful cons. The result is an in-depth and fascinating explanation of the glorious world of grift, the science behind scams, and most importantly, how to be a successful criminal.

How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything goes on sale March 8, 2017.

How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything

Dark Horse is Releasing Will Save the Galaxy for Food in Early 2017

Dark Horse has announced the publication of Will Save the Galaxy for Food, written by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw and illustrated by E. M. Gist.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food is a satirical sci-fi adventure that follows a down-on-his-luck galactic pilot struggling for survival. Space pirates, deadly yet adorable creatures, and a missing fortune make this galactic adventure an experience for the ages!

Will Save the Galaxy for Food goes on sale on February 1, 2017.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GENZERO_001_COVER-A_MOONEYWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #2 (Valiant) – I really can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this series. If you’re not reading it you’re missing out on one of the best comics from any publisher being released right now. Faith is a series that’s fun, that has a more positive outlook on things and takes some very light jabs at industry tropes. And it’s visually stunning.

Action Comics #962 (DC Comics) – It’s not often that I read a comic where Superman feels like he’s actually in a fight for his life, so watching the Man Of Steel in a rematch against Doomsday has been incredibly fun – even if the chances of him losing are nil.

Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I recently dug out the pre-New 52 run featuring Jaime Reyes, and wondered why I never read the series through the New 52 iteration. With how easy many of the Rebirth comics have been for new readers, I’m looking forward to this.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant? Don’t mind if I do.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – An incredibly underrated publisher, Chapterhouse have some fantastic series on the racks, one of which, Captain Canuck is a genuine pleasure to read. I’m excited for this spin off series that I know very little about (which is deliberate on my part), because based on Chapterhouse’s track record, this promises to be a blast.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Pretty Deadly TP Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Pretty Deadly was a dark, poetic, bloody journey that featured one of the best creative teams in comics…period. The second arc here is collected for those that missed out on the single issues (or just loved it so much that the trade is worthy of purchasing) and features more striking images from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire’s colours with a hypnotic script by Kelly Sue DeConnick that will put you in the good kind of trance that makes Pretty Deadly a difficult title to put down.

Island #10 (Image Comics) – Anthologies tend to be hit and miss but not Island. Emma Rios and Brandon Graham have opened the creative floodgates by curating a slew of material from both artists more well known and those perhaps yet to be discovered by a wider audience. It’s also refreshing in that each and every issue of Island defines variety in covering a wide array of genres and material.

Faith #2 (Valiant) – It’s a very warming feeling to remember that Faith has her own ongoing series. Jody Houser provides such a great voice for Faith, blending her pop culture quips with dramatic moments. Maintaing the back and forth art style of Pere Perez during the present time and Marguerite Sauvage doing Faith’s fantasies from the mini series is an extra nice touch and has been played with wonderfully so far.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – Straight from the pages of Harbinger comes a new team of super powered teens. Minus the Imperium title, there hasn’t been much explored in the Harbinger side of the Valiant universe recently besides a few appearances here and there in other titles so it will be very interesting to see what Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have prepared. This has a very New Mutants type appearance featuring a younger group of misfits so the parallels between characters will be very intriguing to see in how it will be presented.

Sombra #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of Sombra was a fairly solid introduction to this story of a DEA agent about to throw herself into the middle of a tense situation with the Mexican Cartel. With the introductory exposition out of the way, hopefully being thrown further into the fire is something on Justin Jordan’s mind. Raul Trevino’s photo realistic backgrounds with the shadowy but bright colours of Juan Useche really paint an uncomfortable tone, especially with how the violence felt so sudden in the first issue.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Alena (Dark Horse) – This is a great time to get on board with this horror comic treasure. This TP gives you the whole story so that you’e all caught up before it becomes a live action Swedish horror film. There’s mean girls, a best friend who had been dead for a year and lots of murder an blood.

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics) – This issue should be packed with enough kick ass girl power to wipe the taste of the Killing Joke out of your mouth and combined with last weeks Birds of Prey get you back on team Babs.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Season 10, #30 (Dark Horse) – All good things must come to an end and Season 10 off BTVS is no exception. Issue #330 ends this killer story arc and will remind us all why we keep reading and still enjoy watching the reruns.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – I’ve been waiting for this series since it was announced and wondering when we’d next see Generation Zero since last we saw them (during Harbinger Wars?). I’m hoping for a new take on the New Mutants formula, and honestly that’s what I expect. It’s also an area Marvel has dropped the ball on, so glad to see Valiant picking it up and running with it.

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s new Atomic Robo, really nuff said when it comes to why you should be checking this series out. I’ve yet to be disappointed by any volume of the series released. It’s always packed with action and humor, and constantly entertains.

The Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics) – I’m intrigued as to what version of John Constantine we’ll be getting. The Rebirth issue gave me some hope, but the real test is with this first issue.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Putting out fun, positive, superhero comics with lots of action and humor. I can’t wait to check out this new series which we got a tease of in their Summer Special.

The Revisionist #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Time traveling fun action. It’s entertainment for a genre that lends itself to all sorts of madness and interesting twists.

 

Review: Weird Detective #3

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Det. Sebastian Greene fights for his life against an Innsmouth monster! And Det. Sana Fayez is hot on Greene’s trail, closer and closer to discovering his secret identity but hounded by fish-faced Mafiosi. Will they be able to survive long enough to stop the Juice Box Killer?

In Weird Detective #3 it would seem that even justice pays a price. In this case the price is corruption, not cash. Sana manages to find some of Sebastian’s secrets, but things get worse for her. Somehow Sebastian gets dragged down with. A this all forces a search for the Juice Box Killer, on foot. Writer Fred Van Lente manages to pack a lot into this issue moving the stroy along at a solid pace.

The end panel by artist Guiu Vilanova stresses the weird out in this strangely awesome title. The art is a nice balance between the strange Lovecraftian like creatures and crime noir. Vilanova manages to contrast them in superb fashion, as things get increasingly weird with each issue.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1

Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1

Peter Hogan (W), Steve Parkhouse (A, C, Cover)

A stranded alien hides in plain sight, posing as a doctor in Patience, Washington. After he accidentally shows himself to federal investigators who are on his trail, a mysterious arsonist and a stubborn agent arrive in town to heat things up! Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) continue their unique, acclaimed science-fiction/murder-mystery series!

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Review: Kingsway West #1

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After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

Magic, gunslingers, and swordsman collide in the premiere issue of Kingsway West written by Greg Pak. The fist issue manages to showcase a solid, action-filled, pace as everyone seems to lust after red gold, the one element in the world that is more magic than science. It all comes together to create a really solid first issue, that leaves you wanting more.

Artist Mirko Colak manages to showcase a strong degree of realism, and heavy violence. Even with fantasy based creatures like dragons, and bigfoots running around the world feels real. I’m really curious to see what other fantasy-inspired creatures and elements get added as the story continues.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mirko Colak
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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

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