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Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Christopher Mitten, and Michelle Madsen Explore Jack the Ripper in Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness

This winter, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, acclaimed artist Christopher Mitten and colorist Michelle Madsen will unleash Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness. In this all-new, five-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, takes on London’s most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. 

In Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness, Sir Edward Grey is the only one who thinks Jack the Ripper’s murders have an occult purpose. When Scotland Yard turns its back on him, Grey finds an ally in American occult adventurer Sara Jewell. But the forces aligned against their investigation are more powerful than either one of them imagines.

Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness will debut on November 27, 2019.

Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/13

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.


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Second Coming #1 (Ahoy)**- Some might find Mark Russell and Richard Pace’s portrayal of the Old Testament God as a wine swilling, fried chicken devouring misanthrope blasphemous. But I find his ideas both funny and profound beginning with the Garden of Eden’s “forbidden fruit” being shaped like genitals. There’s a lot of ideas in Second Coming #1, but his portrayal of Jesus is as a man full of empathy, who genuinely cares about his father’s creation. For now, his interactions with the violent superhero Sunstar comes across like an old Hawk and Dove comic, but Russell gives Sunstar a sensitive side because he can’t have kids with his girlfriend and keeps missing adoption consultations because of his life as a hero. On the other hand, Russell’s Jesus is the most emotionally captivating and likable comics protagonist of 2019 thanks to Pace’s roughly inked flashback story about him and his friend Shimon, who he takes in and teaches him carpentry. Second Coming #1 is a wonderful exploration of perceptions of Jesus Christ, organized religion, and belief with a side of the superhero genre and is a great conversation starter to boot. Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy

Event Leviathan #2 (DC)– In true drawing room detective fashion, we get our red herring, who happens to be the Red Hood. (And maybe throws a little shade on the Arkham Knight video game.) Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev continue to rehash the events of previous issues, but at least, there is some forward momentum thanks to the Question, Plastic Man, and most surprisingly, Sam Lane. I love the way the fight scene between Question and the Leviathan goon with plenty of cut up panels, dark shadows, and one hell of a final move. The scene with Plastic Man has some soul searching dialogue as Leviathan preys on the stretchy jokester’s insecurities. Bendis has a biting skill with dialogues, and he and Maleev can pace a conversation like a fight scene which comes in handy with Batman and Red Hood. There’s a lot of summarizing and the final page is obviously foreshadowed on like page 3, but overall this a pretty good comic especially in the art department. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read

Invisible Woman #1 (Marvel)– With sleek Phil Noto-esque art from Mattia De Iulis, Mark Waid tries his hardest to differentiate the Invisible Woman solo from Fantastic Four beginning with a cold open set in a fictional Eastern European country. This is a straight up spy book, and it’s fun to see De Iulis showcase Sue’s powers for all kinds of stealth moves and takedowns. Honestly, it’s like Incredibles 2 without the pesky husband and kids, and that was a decent movie so Invisible Woman #1 is a decent comic and a final page guest star/setting shift set up an intriguing team-up for issue two. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Invisible Woman #1 (Marvel)– With sleek Phil Noto-esque art from Mattia De Iulis, Mark Waid tries his hardest to differentiate the Invisible Woman solo from Fantastic Four beginning with a cold open set in a fictional Eastern European country. This is a straight up spy book, and it’s fun to see De Iulis showcase Sue’s powers for all kinds of stealth moves and takedowns. Honestly, it’s like Incredibles 2 without the pesky husband and kids, and that was a decent movie so Invisible Woman #1 is a decent comic and a final page guest star/setting shift set up an intriguing team-up for issue two. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Avengers #21 (Marvel)– In the first post-War of the Realms Avengers issue, Jason Aaron and Jason Masters tell the story of most of the Avengers hanging out in a hot tub and talking about their feelings while Black Panther deals with Phil Coulson and his nationalist hit team aka the Squadron Supreme of America. Honestly, these kind of issues are my favorite parts of superhero stories, and it’s not just because a lot of this comic is Tony Stark making, er, Mjolnir jokes at Thor while they’re both naked in a hot tub. Except for the Squadron bits, which are really tense and move the team to the top of the Avengers; current baddies, Aaron uses the issue to take stock on how this team has started to bond in an unlikely way. I mean, Ghost Rider and Captain Marvel are fishing for fire sharks, and Blade and She-Hulk are flirting clumsily with each other. This issue is a lot of fun, and it’s nice to chill out with the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and take a break from the punching and a villain that is a kiss of death for superheroes. (See One More Day) Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

Thor #15 (Marvel)– Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo spend this issue rounding off some of the character arcs they’ve constructed in the latest volume of the series. Thor spends most of the issue struggling with if he feels worthy enough to be All-Father,and Del Mundo’s big compositions are perfect for soul searching. However, he realizes that by working hard to earn his status as a god and the respect of his people that he will stay worthy. This issue also features some scenes with Freyja and Odin, who have been written well recently by Aaron, and their reactions to the redemption of Loki and the rise of Thor. There’s one scene featuring a hug that is one of the finest of Aaron’s full run even though Del Mundo’s strength is epic battles and layouts and not subtle emotion. And while this is happening, Hela devises a fate for Malekith in the afterlife that are similar to the contrapassos (poetic justice) that Dante gaves his sinners in Inferno as he gets a painfully fitting fate for a character whose only character trait is starting war. Although, this is a “clean up” issue and the visuals aren’t perfect, Aaron’s arc with Thor Odinson continues to be a delight. Overall: 7.8 Verdict: Buy

Venom #16 (Marvel)– After a War of the Realms interlude, Donny Cates is back on Venom with a fill-in artist Juan Gedeon. This issue is about a broke, symbiote-less Eddie Brock trying to get some money for food/medicine for his son. Cates and Gedeon give readers a glimpse of Eddie’s old life as a reporter at the Daily Globe, but then they dive back into the old ultraviolence. Even though he doesn’t have a symbiote, Eddie sees Venom every time he throws a punch or bites a guys arm off, and it’s kind of a shorthand for a fight scene. Venom #16 is a lethal protector-type one off story, but it’s really just a palate cleanser before Absolute Carnage and doesn’t add much beyond some freaky imagery and a reminder that Eddie actually had a life before Venom or going on the run as a fugitive. Overall: 6 Verdict: 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 (**).

SDCC 2019: Dark Horse Announces its Signings and Panels

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Visit Dark Horse Comics at San Diego Comic-Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the show, featuring pages from The Witcher: Adult Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Steven Universe Coloring Book Volume 1, Jurassic Park Coloring Book, and Jurassic World Coloring Book. Stay tuned for more details on BioWare’s presence in the Dark Horse booth.

Dark Horse Direct will have a display with exciting upcoming products in the Dark Horse booth. Check it out after your favorite signing!

They’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in their booth.

SDCC 2019 SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in the booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, Dark Horse may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

There’s two signing stages. One features art by Mike Mignola for Hellboy and the other showcases the art from the upcoming Stranger Things comics! The following abbreviations indicate the location of each signing:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage ST = Stranger Things Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

11:00 a.m-11:50 a.m.
HB AMERICAN GODS: David Mack, Scott Hampton, Jennifer T. Lange
ST FLAMING CARROT: Bob Burden

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
HB ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini
ST STRAYED: Carlos Giffoni

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
HB AVATAR: TSU’TEY’S PATH: Sherri L. Smith, Shea Standefer
ST TRIAGE: Philip Sevy

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HB GRAFITY’S WALL: Ram V
ST NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT: Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
HB DEPT. H, Mind MGMT, ETHER: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
ST MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck

4:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m.
HB PROS & COMIC CONS: Bud Plant, Diana Schutz, Tia Vasiliou, Dylan Edwards, Amy Chu
ST THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Maia Kobabe, Amanda Deibert, Trina Robbins

5:00 p.m-5:50 p.m.
HB PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Ron Chan, Cat Farris
ST EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS

FRIDAY, JULY 19

11:00 a.m–11:50 a.m.
HB THE ART OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Ciro Nieli
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO
ST GOD OF WAR: Tony Parker

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
ST BIOWARE: Jennifer Cheverie (Associate Producer), Matthew Goldman (Creative Director), Derek Watts (Senior Art Director), Karin Weekes (Lead Editor), Patrick Weekes (Lead Writer)

12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
HB BERGER BOOKS: Karen Berger, Richard Bruning, Nnedi Okorafor, Christopher Cantwell

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HB THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá
HELLBOY, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Fábio Moon
ST NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT: Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HB THE MASK, SHE COULD FLY, EVERYTHING: Christopher Cantwell
EVERYTHING: I.N.J. Culbard
ST MANOR BLACK: Cullen Bunn

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
HB BLACK HAMMER / JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE: Jeff Lemire, Michael Walsh
ST STRANGER THINGS, CRITICAL ROLE, STARCRAFT: Jody Houser

4:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m.
ST THE QUIET KIND: Chuck Brown

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
HB XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER, 300, SIN CITY, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Frank Miller
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
ST BEANWORLD: Larry Marder

SATURDAY, JULY 20

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
ST HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, TROLL HUNTERS: Richard Hamilton

11:15 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
HB LAGUARDIA: Nnedi Okorafor

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
HB PROJECT TBA: David Dastmalchian
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO
ST DISNEY ALADDIN: FOUR TALES OF AGRABAH: Corinna Bechko

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HB AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: Faith Erin Hicks, Mike DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO
ST NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD, DARK HORSE DIRECT EXCLUSIVE THE WITCHER 3 PRINT: Rafael Albuquerque

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HB HELLBOY: Mike Mignola
ST BIOWARE: Jennifer Cheverie (Associate Producer), Matthew Goldman (Creative Director), Derek Watts (Senior Art Director), Karin Weekes (Lead Editor), Patrick Weekes (Lead Writer)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
HB BLACK HAMMER / JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE: Jeff Lemire, Michael Walsh
ST SPELL ON WHEELS: Marissa Louise

4:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
HB THE ORVILLE CAST: David Goodman (Writer/EP), Brannon Braga (Writer/EP), Jon Cassar (Director/EP), Adrianne Palicki (Commander Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Commander Bortus), Jessica Szohr (Lt. Talla Keyali), J Lee (Lt. Commander John Lamarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Chad Coleman (Klyden)
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT (3) ITEMS MAXIMUM
SPECIFIC ALLOWED ITEMS:
(1) PURCHASABLE COPY OF THE ORVILLE #1 from Dark Horse Comics
(1) PURCHASABLE COPY OF THE WORLD OF ORVILLE from Titan Books
(1) FREE PRINT PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.
ST ALIENS: DUST TO DUST: Gabriel Hardman

SUNDAY, JULY 21

10:40 a.m.–11:40 a.m.
HB DISNEY SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci

11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
ST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019 (ALL AGES) MINECRAFT/INCREDIBLES 2: Cavan Scott

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
HB NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD, DARK HORSE DIRECT EXCLUSIVE THE WITCHER 3 PRINT: Rafael Albuquerque ST BEASTS OF BURDEN: Benjamin Dewey

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
ST EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger

1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
HB DISNEY RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: CLICK START – A SELECT YOUR-STORY ADVENTURE: Amy Mebberson

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HB MINECRAFT: Sarah Graley
ST ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

SDCC 2019 PANEL SCHEDULE

Check out the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Peeling Back the Layers: The Process of Bringing a Comic to Life
11:00a.m.–12:00p.m.
Room: 23ABC
Panelists: Carlos Giffoni, Phillip Sevy, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

It takes a team of talented individuals to bring a comic book to life. Join Dark Horse and a panel of writers, artists, colorists, and letterers whose creativity and hard work produce the best comics on the shelves. Dark Horse would like to peel back the layers on the work of comics’ unsung heroes and celebrate their contributions to our beloved art form.

Working in Comics: The Folks Behind-the-Scenes
5:00p.m.–6:00p.m.
Room: 23ABC
Panelists: Sarah Gaydos, Shing Yin Khor, Cara O’Neil, Chloe Ramos-Peterson, Michele Wells, Nancy Spears

Do you love comics? Have you always dreamed of working in the industry? Join Sarah Gaydos, Editor in Chief at Oni Press; Shing Yin Khor, multi-media artist and Kickstarter Thought Leader; Cara O’Neil, Social Media Strategist at Dark Horse Comics; Chloe Ramos-Peterson, the Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics; Nancy Spears, Vice President of Sales at DC Publishing; and Michele Wells, Vice President and Executive Editor for DC Books for Young Readers at DC Publishing for a discussion about the opportunities awaiting you in the comics industry. From editorial positions to marketing representatives to legal advisors to accountants, there’s a job in comics for you!

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Berger Books and The Writer’s Room: Stories Come First
11:00a.m.–12:00p.m.
Room: 23ABC
Panelists: Karen Berger, Jeff Lemire, Nnedi Okorafor, Christopher Cantwell, Jody Houser

Join Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) as she highlights a panel of some of the industry’s best writers including Jeff Lemire, co-creator of Black Hammer; Nnedi Okorafor, co-creator of LaGuardia, Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of She Could Fly; and Jody Houser, writer for Stranger Things for a roundtable discussion about what it takes to write comic books and a highlight of Berger Books’ newest groundbreaking series.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Creating Worlds: Building a Comics Universe for the Ages,
11:00a.m.–12:00p.m.
Room: 23ABC
Panelists: Mike Mignola, Jeff Lemire, Cullen Bunn, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Matt Kindt, Jody Houser

Dark Horse Comics is known for cultivating creator-owned comics universes and expanding established franchises. Join Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy; Jeff Lemire, co-creator of Black Hammer; Cullen Bunn, co-creator of Harrow County; Wendy Pini and Richard Pini, creators of Elfquest; Matt Kindt, creator of MIND MGMT; and Jody Houser, writer for Stranger Things and Critical Role, for a lively discussion about the creation of an award-winning comics universe.

Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy
3:00p.m.–4:00p.m.
Room: 7AB
Panelists: Michael Dante DiMartino, Faith Erin Hicks, Gene Luen Yang, F.C. Yee

Dark Horse Comics, Abrams Books and Nickelodeon are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance writer Faith Erin Hicks, Avatar: The Last Airbender—North and South writer Gene Luen Yang, and Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi writer F.C. Yee, for a further exploration of the beloved world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Growing Up With Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling
12:00p.m.–1:00p.m.
Room: 28DE
Panelists: Cecil Castellucci, Sarah Graley, Amy Mebberson

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home, Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Sarah Graley (Minecraft Volume One), and Amy Mebberson (Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet: Click Start—A Select-Your-Story Adventure) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

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.

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/7

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.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


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Lois Lane #1 (DC)– It’s been my theory that Lois Lane’s exploits as an investigative reporter would be more interesting than any superhero, and Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, and Paul Mounts partially prove me wrong. Lane gets to confront an ersatz version of Sarah Huckabee Sanders about making money of concentration camps at the US border as well as send a mystery character to chase a lead about a journalist in Russia being poisoned. Perkins and Mounts go for smokey noir with their visuals with plenty of shadows, liquor bottles, parking lot rendez vous, and even a steamy shower hookup with Superman. Even if Rucka’s plot has yet to find its focus, his take on Lois Lane is whip smart and definitely the most dangerous woman alive as one stroke of her keyboard or pointed question at a press conference can make the powerful tremble as she speaks truth. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal)– Doom Patrol is back and weirder than ever thanks to Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey. In this new issue, the team rescues a planet from working itself out to death while Cliff Steele struggles with being mortal again and “not real”. Harvey’s art is dream-like while Way and Lambert using the ancient device of editor captions reintroduce the team and do body positivity the Doom Patrol way. The main story feels very much like an old superhero done in one while Cliff Steele’s story is more emotionally devastating with James Harvey using a gritty art style and big Frank Miller style grids to show how he deals with his mom rejecting him. This creates tension in the series, but the rest is one big, strange adventure from Way, Lambert, and Harvey. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

No One Left to Fight #1 (Dark Horse)– Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio have created the comic for people who ask, “Why the hell are they still making Dragon Balls decades later?” and “Thank God, Naruto finally ended?” No One Left to Fight is a loving riff on fight manga with power punching art from Ossio and good sense of self-awareness from Sitterson as the world saving hero Vale reunites with his old friend, wife, and kids. However, his friend think he’s flirting with his wife, is jealous that his kids fight over who wants to play as Vale in their background games, and this leads to lots of tension and awkwardness punctuated by epic fighting moves. No One Left to Fight is the perfect fusion of shonen and slice of life and has hyperactive visuals to go with its life insights. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 (Dynamite)– I don’t see the appeal in either the Charlie’s Angels (Ok, Kristen Stewart looks pretty rad in the latest reboot.) or Bionic Woman franchise, and Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 didn’t change my mind. Soo Lee has a luscious art style that works for the characters’ outfits and driving scenes with a great use of speed lines any time Jaime Sommers does something out of the ordinary. However, Cameron DeOrdio’s story fails to get me interested in these characters and this world beyond the occasional secret agent trope and cheeky quip like one of the Angels flirting with a government employee to get access. It’s a paint by numbers spy story, and the cast of characters aren’t well-differentiated enough for me to keep my interest with the exception of some weird speaking pattern things for Bionic Woman. Overall: 5.0 Verdict: Pass

Ryan C

Lois Lane #1 (DC) ** The Daily Planet meets “All The President’s Men” — or women — in this fun, smart, briskly-paced suspense thriller that teams Lois with the Rene Montoya iteration of The Question. Solid scripting from Greg Rucka, lush Lee Bermejo-esque art from Mike Perkins — all in all, a very promising debut. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Doom Patrol: Weight Of The Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal) ** After spiraling down from “high weirdness” to “highly annoying” in the last arc, the new DP run gets things off on the right foot with a tight core cast, a fun Danny-centric premise, and even anhomage to Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Maybe it’s the addition of co-writer Jeremy Lambert or new artist James Harvey, or maybe it’s just Gerard Way getting a new jolt of creative energy, but whatever the case may be, this comic really works. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Female Furies #6 (DC)** Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo wrap up their revisionist look at the “Fourth World” as feminist parable with a generally satisfying — and certainly well-drawn — conclusion, but I dunno. It all seems a bit too pat and we all know how things really turned out since this story is set so far back in the past. I love a happy ending, and it was great to see the women finally come out on top. but it all comes together just a bit too quickly and conveniently. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Wild Storm #24 (DC/WildStorm)** Speaking of middling conclusions, Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt deliver a rather subdued finish to this two-year-long story, with maybe a few too many loose ends to completely satisfy most readers. The art’s, terrific, that’s for sure, but as “final chapters” go, this one’s a little bit of a let-down. Not bad, but just — not quite everything it could have been. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

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Star Wars Target Vader #1 (Marvel) When Vader and the Emperor get whim that an arms dealer is stealing from the Empire and selling to the Rebellion, something neither can stand for. As Vader sent to find every faction of this arms dealer known only as The Hidden Hand. The Hidden Hand is also aware that Vader is looking for them and decides to hire Beilert Valance and ragtag team of hired guns to kill Vader. By issue’s end, we find out Valance has a personal history with Vader and the Rebellion has their own plans. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Finn#1 (Marvel)– In a prequel tale of Finn as an Empire Stormtrooper, we find the same character but before he knew who he was. As we soon find out that his job in the Empire was waste protection, this changes one say when Captain Phasma requests his skill set. As he is recruited it get rid of an infestation, one which Phasma has grossly underestimated. By issue’s end, Finn becomes the vigilant hero tee know him to be in the movies, doing the right thing even when it’s hard. Overall: 9.6 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 (**).

SDCC 2019: Dark Horse Announces New Elfquest

The world of ElfQuest continues to grow at Dark Horse Comics with an all-new series! ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt has a story by ElfQuest co-creators Wendy and Richard Pini, and a script by Wendy Pini.

Veteran ElfQuest alumnus Sonny Strait returns at full force as the artist (over layouts by Wendy) and colorist for the new series.

When ElfQuest: The Final Quest concluded, it ended the hero’s journey of Cutter Kinseeker, chief of the Wolfriders. But that was only the start of a new adventure for Cutter’s “brother in all but blood,” Skywise. Now the stargazer elf, who thought he knew everything about Cutter, discovers how mistaken he was. That, combined with a tragic accident involving his daughter Jink, sends Skywise on a quest of his own, from the elves’ ancestral Star Home through uncharted space, and back to the World of Two Moons.

ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt #1 (of 6) goes on sale November 13, 2019.

ElfQuest: Stargazer’s Hunt #1

Review: No One Left to Fight #1

No One Left to Fight #1

While I’ve had a digital review copy for a bit, No One Left to Fight #1 felt like a comic I needed to experience in my hands physically. Created by Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio, the series is an homage and love letter to anime and manga. The series focuses on Vâle, a hero who saved the world and is now retired with no one left to fight. It’s an interesting beginning setting up what’s to come but really diving in to the tropes that make anime and manga fun and accessible.

It feels like Sitterson at times is going down a list as to what makes anime and manga successful and popular. We have the hero fighter. There’s the jealous rival. There’s two young kids full of energy. There’s the odd anthropomorphic friend. And there’s the token woman who’s capable and also an object of jealousy. This isn’t a bad thing at all as it feels like it comes from a place of love as opposed to a send up of it all.

There’s also something really smart and interesting about its use. It’s familiar which makes the entry into the comic, and it’s world, that much easier. We’re familiar with the tropes and personalities. With that there’s a certain expectation but also allows us to focus elsewhere. We can look at the art details a little more and examine the words said a bit differently.

And that art detail is key. Ossio’s designs are amazing with so much detail and colors that make it all pop. There’s not an attempt to copy manga style too. Instead, Ossio uses his own. Due to that, we can further enjoy the series as more of a love letter as opposed to a riff. With the detailed and colorful nature of Ossio’s art, that over the top nature might not have worked as well. It might have been too distracting in some ways as the art styles might have clashed. Like the characters and story, there’s absolute influence and it’s used subtlety.

Taylor Esposito‘s lettering is key as well. Much like manga, the lettering really is used to help deliver the emotion of a scene. It plays off of the art so you can “hear” the screams. Esposito’s lettering emphasizes what’s going on and pairs with Ossio’s art perfectly.

The first issue is entertaining and delivers an interesting debut that’s one anime and manga fans will want to check out.

Story: Aubrey Sitterson Art: Fico Ossio Letters: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

SDCC 2019: Spell on Wheels Returns Just to Get to You!

Your favorite witches are back on the road as powerhouse creators Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise, and letterer Rachel Deering come together to bring you another chapter in the Spell on Wheels saga, Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You!

Andy, Claire, and Jolene hit the highway once again! A dark presence in the west possesses Claire and they’re determined to discover who and why.

As they follow the I-10 towards danger unknown, paranormal problems grow alongside personal ones and the witches grapple with phantoms, family drama, cryptids, crushes and everything in between. 

Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You #1 (of 5) arrives in comic shops October 9, 2019.

Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Aero #1

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.

Aero #1 (Marvel) – The character gets her own series with an English translation of her origin and an all-new tale. Great to see this creation become more accessible.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – The series has been off the wall fun mashing up so much between DC and TMNT. Just sit back and enjoy the fun.

Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – How has it taken this long for this to happen?

DCeased #3 (DC Comics) – DC doing a zombie story? We had low expectations honestly since the concept has been done so many times before but this series has pleasantly surprised us so far.

Lois Lane #1 (DC Comics) – Lois gets her own series! In an age where journalists are “the enemy,” we’re expecting a lot from this series.

Ignited #2 (Humanoids/H1) – The first issue is fantastic. It’s a world where students seem to be getting powers set in the aftermath of a school shooting. An interesting concept that we want to learn more about.

No One Left to Fight #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – An anime/manga inspired series from Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio about what happens when the hero grows older and there’s just no one left to fight.

Postal: Deliverance #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – The new story arc finds Mark struggling with being the Mayor of Eden. A very underrated series about a town filled with criminals that’s worth checking out, especially with this new arc/starting point.

Sea of Stars #1 (Image Comics) – Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum’s new series about space truckers. The fact Aaron is on board and he can do the amazing long game writing has us excited about this creator-owned series.

Space Bandits #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld) – The new series by Mark Millar with art by Matteo Scalera. It sounds like the heist/betrayal/revenge story but with Millar’s backing by Netflix, this one is a series to watch.

Spencer and Locke 2 #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The second volume wraps up with a bang. If you haven’t been reading this twisted tale, you’ve been missing out. It’s all revealed here and has us hoping for more.

Star Wars: Target Vader #1 (Marvel) – Bounty hunters go after Vader and the concept sounds too awesome to not read.

Test #1 (Vault Comics) – From Christopher Sebela and Jen Hickman, this series is a weird story about the need for liberation and technology.

Thumbs #2 (Image Comics) – The story about technology, revolution, and the government is right up our way and we’re enjoying the hell out of it.

The Walking Dead #193 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – Sounds like this’ll be a big issue! What the hell is going on? We’ll find out Wednesday.

SDCC 2019: Jia and the Nian Monster from Mike Richardson, Megan Huang, out March 2020

Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Vanguard Visionary Associates and Dark Horse Comics present Jia and the Nian Monster. The graphic novel is based on an ancient Chinese legend. Jia and the Nian Monster blends fantasy, fable, and the invention of gunpowder into a tale of courage and friendship. The graphic novel is written by Dark Horse Comics President and Founder Mike Richardson, and illustrated by artist Megan Huang. The comic could be a new children’s classic!

Each new year is marked by a monster’s attack on their mountain village. This year, young Jia and her friend Deshi have decided to fight back. For Deshi, it is the grand adventure he has always dreamed of taking part in. For Jia, it is revenge for the loss of her mother—who was taken by the monster five years before. But it will take more than mere pluck and courage to best the beast of the mountain, which is where the mysterious stranger who has befriended Jia and Deshi comes in …

Jia and the Nian Monster goes on sale in comic shops on March 18, 2020, and in bookstores on March 31, 2020. This 80-page original graphic novel retails for $12.99.

Jia and the Nian Monster
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