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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Alienated #2

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.

Alienated #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Three kids discover an alien and there’s no way this goes well. An amazing first issue and we’re expecting the same from the second.

Archangel 8 #1/Hotell #1/Red Border #1/Resistance #1 (AWA Studios) – AWA Studios launches with four series all being released this week. We’ve read the teaser magazine and these all look great. A new publisher? We’re in!

Artemis & the Assassin #1 (AfterShock) – A time traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other. Yeah, this sounds awesome.

Bad Reception #4 (AfterShock) – Each issue is like an Agatha Christie novel and it’s been so good.

Bang! #2 (Dark Horse) – The debut was a crazy riff on the James Bond genre. There were enough twists to make it stand out and we want to see where it goes.

Canopus #2 (Scout Comics) – Fantastic sci-fi and a must get. The debut issue was one of the best of the year so far. Helen’s stuck on a mysterious planet and doesn’t know why.

Outlawed #1 (Marvel) – There are absolutely echoes of Civil War but the first issue is a solid start to what’s coming.

Plunge #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label/Hill House Comics) – The first issue was fantastic horror and we’ve been awaiting the second.

Starship Down #1 (Dark Horse) – An extraterrestrial ship is discovered buried under the ice for thousands of years.

Undiscovered Country #5 (Image Comics) – This comic has been crazy with everything it’s throwing out there and mixing together. Mad Max and apocalypse story with possible time travel-ish elements. It’s all over and just crazy fun.

Wicked Things #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A spin-off from Giant Days about everyone’s favorite child detective: Charlotte Grote!

X-Ray Robot #1 (Dark Horse) – Mike Allred’s latest and Allred’s name alone has us excited for the first issue.

Preview: Plunge #2 (of 6)

Plunge #2 (of 6)

(W) Joe Hill (A) Stuart Immonen (CA) Jeremy Wilson
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Hill House Comics
After discovering a corpse upon the Sinnikik Atoll, Moriah Lamb leads a team to hunt for other castaways, while Gage Carpenter begins the exploration of the ghost ship Derleth. But there’s something down there in the icy darkness of the Arctic sea, something that doesn’t want to be found. And it isn’t any safer on land. There are things waiting for the search party in the mountain caves, things that were once human…and aren’t quite anymore.

Plunge #2 (of 6)

Preview: Lucifer #18

Lucifer #18

(W) Dan Watters (A) Max Fiumara (CA) Tiffany Turrill
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Travel back to the early days of Hell itself and witness the first meeting of Odin and Lucifer, a seismic encounter with consequences that will echo through the eons.

Lucifer #18

Preview: The Low, Low Woods #4 (of 6)

The Low, Low Woods #4 (of 6)

(W) Carmen Maria Machado (A) Dani (CA) Sam Wolfe Connelly
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Hill House Comics
El and Octavia’s paths converge in an unexpected and bizarre way. They come together again just in time to witness a truly horrendous sight: a mob of Skinless Men erupting from the fiery fissures of Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania.

The Low, Low Woods #4 (of 6)

The Dreaming: Waking Hours—Who is Ruin?

Who is Ruin? Writer G. Willow Wilson has penned an essay about this new character spinning out of the Sandman Universe.

Legacy series are tricky things. You want to honor the stories that came before, stories in which readers have a huge emotional investment, yet at the same time, you want to say something new. To get there, you have to ask the right questions. Ruin evolved from a question I wrote down as I was plotting out The Dreaming: Waking Hours: who haven’t we heard from yet?

The Dreaming is a vast landscape, and over the years we’ve traveled through it with faeries, angels, demons, muses, myths, sentient environments, personified ideals, and the occasional Shakespearean escapee. It’s hard to do the unexpected in a world built on the unexpected. We needed a walking plot twist.

Around this same time, I was going through one of my occasional bouts of really, really bad insomnia. I’m talking about nights when I’m lucky to get three or four hours of rest. I found myself awake at 3am thinking about how delighted I would be to have a horrific nightmare right about then, because at least it would mean I was asleep.

Then came the epiphany: what if we put a nightmare at the center of the story? What does it mean to have a bad dream as a protagonist? And then Ruin came tumbling out faster than I could write him down. A nightmare who falls in love with the person whose dreams he was sent to haunt. A nightmare who doesn’t want to be a nightmare and tries to change, who aches for a kind of human connection he might never have. It raises tantalizing questions from a storytelling perspective—if you have power that is inherently malevolent, can you simply choose to use it for good? Or is there more work involved? What do you have to sacrifice to become something better?

That was the genesis of our ‘lanky lavender lad,’ as Nick (Robles) put it. He’s very different from the other nightmares we’ve met in the Sandman Universe, all of whom live up to their names—they’re malicious and sadistic. Ruin, on the other hand, isn’t very good at his job. He’s soft, he’s shy, he’s awkward, he’s eager to please. He is as terrified by his own darkness as a dreamer would be. He makes this profound, heartbreaking effort not to frighten anyone. And he sets off on this quest to find the person he fell in love with, against all odds.

The insomnia passed, and I am once again a nightly citizen of the Dreaming. For now. So is Ruin, but while we—with our mounting anxieties and screen time and caffeine and stress—are increasingly desperate to live in his world, he, in his own way, is dreaming of ours.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 by G. Willow Wilson and artist Nick Robles hits shelves May 5.

The Last God #3 Gets a Second Printing

The quest to slay the Last God and save the city of Cain Anuun continues to be a hit with comic book fans, as issue #3 of The Last God goes to press for a second printing! This follows the sellout and subsequent second printing of The Last God #1, released on October 30, 2019.

The Last God is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Riccardo Federici, colors by Sunny Gho, and letters by Tom Napolitano. In this third chapter, Queen Cyanthe and her unlikely companions make their way across the land of Cain Anuun toward the city stronghold of the Guild Eldritch, a powerful order of sorcerers led by Skol, another member of the original fellowship of Godslayers. There they hope to find protection from the looming forces of Mol Uhltep and his inhuman servant, King Tyr.

In the past, we see young Tyr, Cyanthe, and Veikko Al Mun make their way toward a similar destination, while they uncover more secrets of the Last God’s plan and make an unlikely ally.

The reprinted edition of The Last God #3 will be available on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The issue #1 reprint, along with Issues,#2, #4 and #5 are still available at local comic book stores and participating digital retailers.

The Last God #3

Preview: The Dollhouse Family #5

The Dollhouse Family #5

(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross, Vince Locke (CA) Jessica Dalva
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99
Hill House Comics

The Dollhouse has taken away another piece of Alice’s soul…but this time she’s not running away. This time she’s going to uncover the secret of the House’s terrible birth…and use that knowledge to destroy it once and for all!

The Dollhouse Family #5

Preview: House of Whispers #19

House of Whispers #19

(W) Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters (A) Dominike “Domo” Stanton (CA) Marcio Takara
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Erzulie had abandoned all hope that her lost husband Agwe could return from the grave…though her other husbands Damballa and Ogun have not lost faith. Have they found a way to pull his spirit out of the boards of the House of Whispers? And what terrible price will they have to pay to do so?

House of Whispers #19

Batman: Three Jokers Kicks Off June 17

DC has finally revealed details on one of the most talked about and highly anticipated miniseries in comics, Batman: Three Jokers.

30 years after The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Batman: Three Jokers re-examines the myth of who, or what, is the Joker and what is at the heart of his ongoing battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Eisner award winning artist Jason Fabok reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation, the epic story is finally here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. In this powerful, emotional story Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!

Here for the first time are the main covers to the full 3 issue series, beautifully drawn by Jason Fabok with colors by Brad Anderson. In addition, here’s a first look at some interior art by Fabok and Anderson for your viewing pleasure.

Batman: Three Jokers is a 3-issue, 48-page (per issue) prestige format limited series and will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor (for readers 17+). Issue #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers on June 17, 2020.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files Exposes The Joker’s Profile!

In DC’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity by Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badower, Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the killer currently terrorizing Gotham City. Throughout the acclaimed series, Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, M.D., to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.

This June, in the one-shot Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, see pieces of the puzzle on Harley’s investigation board and steal a glimpse into John Kelly’s high school notebook—a book he still carries today.

In this special issue, Dr. Kurz’s work is spotlighted as we reveal secrets from Harley’s past, hidden details of crime scenes, and a real-life profile of The Joker that has driven the progression of his murders in the story!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, written by Kami Garcia and Ed Kurz, M.D. and featuring art by David Mack, Jason Badower and more, hits shelves on June 6. Cover art is by David Mack.

Joker/Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, retailing for $5.99, carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor and is printed in DC’s Prestige Plus format (approx. 8.5” x 10.875”).

Joker/Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1
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