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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.

Joe

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) – I am optimistic with most things that Jason Aaron touches. He has been killing it on this title, and while some are still arguing if Thor should be a female or not, I have been loving this run. Does Jane die? How does Odinson fit into this? We are into Marvel Legacy territory now, so does that mean he returns as Thor? Or is that too easy? Either way, I can’t wait to find out.

Batman #33 (DC Comics) – Tom King is just getting done with “The Proposal” and “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and is now joined by Joelle Jones on art to start a new arc. I cannot wait to see what Jones comes up with on art, as I love her style. I also cannot wait to see where King takes us next with the Dark Knight.

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) – Bendis catches a lot of flack, and sometimes it may be warranted, but I have actually enjoyed what he has been crafting with Riri and Doom. I am pleasantly surprised that this has become one of my most anticipated titles and plots.

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s more of the Black Hammer universe, and Lemire, oh and Rubin. These are two of my favorite creators in the medium, and I can already imagine how their styles will go together, and it excites me.

Kill or Be Killed #13 (Image Comics) – I always look forward to this incredible book. Brubaker is crafting another classic, and I cannot wait to see the ending, but I also never want it to end. That is the dilemma of awesome writing.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with Dark Nights: Metal and these one-shots have been introducing us to these nightmarish Batmen. This one is Batman mashed up with Aquaman and the comic itself is one of the best produced yet.

Infernoct #1 (Scout Comics) – A new series from Scout Comics is always worth grabbing and this new one should be on everyone’s buy list. This horror series is one that every fan of H.P. Lovecrraft and horror should check out and it’s perfect for this Halloween season.

Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – I’m intrigued to see what this new imprint has. I’m expecting Vertigo and we’ll see if this can meet expectations. The series is described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and that alone has me interest.

Normandy Gold #4 (Titan Comics) – I love me some noir and this is a brutal one in a period piece setting. Grim, grimy, gritty, and so good.

The Realm #2 (Image Comics) – This series’ first issue was fantastic, a fantasy Walking Dead and I expect it to find a following like that show. It has the potential to be the next big thing in comics.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Rebirth Vol. 1 (DC Comics) – All of the awesome in one collected issue. The Squad doesn’t kneel before Zod and it’s amazing!

Top Pick: Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) – The becoming of Black Panther is highlighted in part one of this two part story.

Batwoman #8 (DC Comics) – The “Fear and Loathing” arc continues and the 2nd installment ramps things up to 11.

Harley Quinn #30 (DC Comics) – Who doesn’t want to VOTE HARLEY!

Deadpool vs Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Bring popcorn, it’s about to get real… bloody!

Dark Horse is Releasing the Ultimate Guide to Berserk

No Guts, no glory! Dark Horse Manga has announced the indispensable owner’s manual for Berserk readers with the Berserk Official Guidebook! Still going strong after over twenty-five years in Japan, Berserk is one of the most popular and longest-running seinen series ever published in North America. Dark Horse Manga has sold over 1.5 million translated print editions of creator Kentaro Miura’s Berserk since 2003. The Berserk Official Guidebook will serve as the ultimate authority for the New York Times bestselling series.

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk has conquered the worlds of manga and anime, and now this essential roadmap to the sprawling Berserk universe explores the characters, creatures, settings, and stories of Berserk’s first 38 volumes. Profusely illustrated and including never-before-seen art (including an eight-page color section) and author notes, the Berserk Official Guidebook is a comprehensive tour through the epic adventure, shocking horror, and graveyard humor that can be only Berserk!

The Berserk Official Guidebook goes on sale March 14, 2018, is 200 pages paperback, and priced at $14.99.

Vinegar Teeth, a Lovecraftian Buddy-Cop Action Comedy in January

High-concept comics superstars Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey are back with an off-the-wall story with unforgettable art–Vinegar Teeth!

Artie Buckle is a grade ‘A’ schmuck. His excessive fondness for booze compliments his flash temper, but hold their feet to the fire, his fellow officers would agree; Artie is one helluva cop. He’s gonna need that scrap of goodwill because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and to top it off Artie’s been saddled with the city’s newest hero as his partner; a hideous, monstrous, but completely likable, extra-dimensional being named Vinegar Teeth. Can Artie pull his head out long enough to work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold and set Brick City back on its feet?

Strap in for a helluva ride with this epic genre mash-up of horror, humor, crime, and science fiction! You ain’t seen nothing like it!

The first issue of Vinegar Teeth (of four) is on-sale January 24, 2018.

Review: Harlequin Valentine

Neil Gaiman tends to make the already fantastic into something even More. In Harlequin Valentine, he does it again, with a simple twist on a classic story. Spoilers ahead.

Harlequin Valentine has roots in the Italian Commedia dell’ arte tradition; a tradition still played upon and taught in theatre classes today. The Harlequin is a character from the Commedia with iterations backwards and forwards in literature: a version of the trickster archetype that is largely motivated by his unrequited love.

In Gaiman and Bolton’s version, however, the object of his affection takes over the role when she bests him by eating his heart, left pinned to her front door on a chilly Valentine’s day. Missy is nonplussed when she finds the heart on the door, proceeding to unpin it, store it in a plastic bag, and clean up the blood. Harlequin describes her actions with all the creepy over-observing of a stalker, obsessed with Missy as an object rather than an individual.

As Missy goes about her day, trying to solve the mystery of the heart, Harlequin follows, assigning the other men in her life to other Commedia stereotypes disdainfully. Gaiman’s tale and Bolton’s art work together to keep the story tight, Harlequin’s perspective hyper-focused on Missy as the day unfolds. Both Gaiman and Bolton bring an eerie sensibility to an otherwise light-hearted trope, without applying too heavy of a hand. The result is spell-binding.

My recommendation is this one is a buy! Now’s your chance to get a reissue of a now 16 year old book in a shiny new shell. If you already own it, however, no need to add another copy to the collection. All content included is from the original 2001 publication, including Gaiman’s clever essays on both Commedia, and Bolton’s artistic methods.

Story: Neil Gaiman Art: John Bolton
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy, unless you’ve already got a copy!

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

New York Comic Con 2017: The Avatar Cycle Begins Anew

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon have announced that Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman are the new creative team for the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series.

Hicks and Wartman will collaborate with the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series executive producers and co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, on the next three-part graphic novel series in Dark Horse’s publishing program. Hicks’s first venture into the Dark Horse Avatar-verse was a 10-page story starring Sokka and Suki for Dark Horse’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day.

The previous creative team of Gurihiru and Eisner and award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang has led the Avatar graphic novel series to longtime New York Times bestseller status and continued to build on the world of the Nickelodeon animated series.

The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available in fall 2018.

New York Comic Con 2017: The Neil Gaiman Library Expands at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has revealed the next installment in the Gaiman Library with A Study in Emerald! From multiple award- winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!

A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.

Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque and writer of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story while Dave Stewart brings his gorgeous colorist skills to the faithful adaptation. The beautiful cover is also by Albuquerque.

A Study in Emerald will be available for purchase on June 20, 2018. The 80-page hardcover retails for $17.99.

Around the Tubes

A new week and we’re gearing up for New York Comic Con! Who’s going and what are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the convention to start, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Broadway World – Graphic Novel-Inspired ‘CIRCLE OF BLOOD’ Will Be Shadowbox Live’s Next Original Show – Interesting. The next Fun Home?

CBR – Former Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie Exits Publisher – What will he take a bite out of next?

ComicMix – Marc Alan Fishman: Can I Love the Art But Not the Artist? – A very intriguing question. What do you all think?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Outhousers  – Infamous Iron Man #12

Talking Comics – Marvel Legacy #1

Comic Attack – War Mother #2

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests–they’re also battling monsters!

 

After defeating a former Zodiac Starforce member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break! But a new big bad’s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 continues shortly after the first volume ends. Intelligently, the first issue makes sure to include a brief retelling of the past volume to refresh fans and introduce fans who are unaware of the first volume. That’s super helpful when there’s breaks between series and helps make a new volume new reader friendly. Writer Kevin Panetta does an amazing job keeping a quick pace for the story while managing to balance character development and action. We also get a bit of a reveal of who the next villain may be.

Artist Paulina Ganucheau continues the “Sailor Moon” inspired art style. She manages to give the Zodiac supernatural element some great detail. It also showcases a very colorful visual style in the process in addition to showcasing some series action as the story unfolds.

A solid start to a series that’s entertaining and action packed and manages originality despite familiarity.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Horse to Publish an Ultimate Collection of “Metal Gear Solid”

Dark Horse and Konami present a collection twenty years in the making, translated into English for the first time: The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV!

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV contains two historic volumes of concept and key art from Yoji Shinkawa, art director and illustrator behind Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, and MGS: Peace Walker. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is the ultimate companion to the tactical espionage and future warfare of Hideo Kojima’s celebrated Metal Gear universe, translated to English for the first time ever while leaving the original Japanese handwriting intact. Japanese publisher, Shinkigensha, is the original publisher of The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV is a two-book set packaged in a gorgeous collectible slipcase. The collection includes The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV and Peace Walker Gallery Works and Studio Works. Totaling 800 pages, The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV retails for $79.99, and is the perfect companion to Dark Horse’s The Art of Metal Gear Solid V.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV goes on sale May 8, 2018.

Dark Horse Produces an Exhaustive Compendium for “The Legend of Zelda” Fans

The Legend of Zelda fans rejoice! Dark Horse has revealed the latest addition in their legendary partnership with Nintendo. On April 24, 2018, Dark Horse will release The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia follows the New York Times bestseller The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. These three books complete the Goddess Collection, which provide a comprehensive look at the series’ first 30 years up to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, comprising the lore and the artwork, and now, an encyclopedic reference guide.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is a 320-page exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda franchise from the original The Legend of Zelda to The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess HD. The guide describes enemies and items, potions and poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in the 2013 smash-hit Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia retails for $39.99

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