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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Moon_Knight_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Elana

Top Pick: No Mercy #9 (Image Comics)This is the most powerful issue of a comic you will read this month. It actually can stand alone if you haven’t read the series, because it’s that good and complete.

This month’s issue features the only trans male character in a mainstream comic. The ONLY one. I’m not surprised that a series which has dedicated itself to portraying an honest, diverse and realistic range of teens is the book that finally has a character like this. The story offers insight into a great injustice happening to all sorts of young people who society labels as “deviant”.

No Mercy is an unflinching series with high stakes, zero predictability and an extremely high level of moral responsibility. It lives up to it and we are stronger for reading it.

Goldie Vance #1 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)A Girl Detective! A fun resort setting! Charming and accessible art! Could this be the diverse and actually creative Nancy Drew we never had before? Probably.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – I am one of the few (read only) Moon Knight fans at my comic shop, and I knew I’d be picking this comic up anyway, but with Jeff Lemire and Jordie Bellaire involved Marvel may as well just take my money. I’ve been chomping at the bit for this comic ever since I saw who the creative team involved was.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #2 (Valiant) – Last issue took me entirely by surprise, and I absolutely loved it. I’m incredibly pumped for the second issue this week.

Voracious #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – I can’t get enough of this series. I honestly can’t. It’s an amazingly fun comic about the owner of a diner who is also a time travelling dinosaur hunter (where else do you think he  that you have to read.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #6 (Valiant) – After the brilliance of last issue, this issue has a lot to live up too (spoiler: it does). I can’t wait to get my hands on the print copy.

 

Javier

Top Pick: The Last Contract #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This is the last issue. The Geriatric Hitman with No Name closes the gap on his violent past.  Bittersweet moment, I was hoping it would continue as a series, or at least for 12 issues. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Clint Eastwood picks this up for film.

Black Road #1 (Image Comics) – I’ve been on a Viking kick these past few weeks with the History Channel’s show, and I have Wood’s collected Northlander series in TPB, so the more Vikings the better.

Carver Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Old school pulp noir in a Paris setting. It’s a brutally simple and effective book.

Delete #2 (Devil’s Due) – This is cool sci-fi action story with Armenian gangsters. Philip K. Dick meets Lone Wolf and Cub when a simple muscular Handyman teams up with an orphaned girl against killers.

Starve #8 (Image Comics) – Another Brian Wood book.  It’s underrated, but I think word is getting out on this series.  Food and comics, why didn’t I think of this first. It really is good reading.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 (DC Comics) –  A great allegory about the Syrian refugee crisis and ISIS. A great example of how comics can be so much more than spandex and powers, even when they feature spandex and powers.

Monstress #5 (Image Comics) – As always a fantastic series that blends fantasy and politics. This is world building at its best, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes. Add on top of that beautiful art and you’ve got one of the best comics on the market.

Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – Fascinated to see what they do with this series.

Nameless City Vol. 1 (First Second) – An adorable graphic novel, the first in a series. It’s a great read geared towards younger kids I think, but also very enjoyable for adults too. The series is about a city controlled by an army and the a new soldier becoming friends with one of the town people.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO (Marvel) – I want to know how he got that red arm!!!!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #50 CoverWednesdays 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: Batman #50 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is one of the best writers to get his hands on the Dark Knight in recent memory. I’ve made no secret of my love for his current run on this series (have you been reading Mr H and Alex Discuss…?), and I am chomping at the bit to get my grubby mitts on this comic, and for once I don’t care about the inflated price. With Bruce Wayne returning under the cape and cowl, it’s going to be an epic.

All-New Classic Captain Canuck #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Spinning out of the back up strips of Captain Canuck comes the adventures of the classic Captain. The #0 issue last month was fantastic, an anthology of the back up strips to date. This first issue in the new series features a version of the character that is more appealing to me, personally, than the more modern version. I’m looking forward to this issue.

Hyperion #1 (Marvel) – The previews had me sold when I read that Hyperion may use a transfer truck as a baseball bat. That’s an image I have to see.

Klaus #4 (Boom! Studios) – As outlandish as the whole Santa Claus: Year One concept is, in Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s hands it’s one that has been working better than it has any right to be. Absolutely brilliant series.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Delete #1 (Devil’s Due) – More indie sci-fi, but this is from the same team that is currently writing Harley Quinn.  A young mute girl, in a future where memories can be implanted and removed, witnesses a murder and is on the run with her protector. Looks promising.

Birthright #15 (Image Comics)  – Wizardry and sword fighting fantasy running amok in our world.  Love it.

Grayson #18 (DC Comics)  – Tim Seeley and Tom King are making the James Bond thing work for Grayson.  More people should be reading this.

Pencil Head #3 (Image Comics) – Ted McKeever’s fictionalized and irreverent behind the scenes look at the comic book industry is a fun, but twisted, read.

Venus #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This is the final issue. I’m sad to see this one go; I was hoping for a 6 to 12 issue run on this sci-fi piece with a re-imagined dystopian American/Chinese space race.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman #50 (DC Comics) – Things have been building for so long, it’s kind of hard for this comic to not be at the top of my pick list. We’ll most likely see Bruce Wayne again as Batman, taking up the mantle once again to save Gotham. And yes, that makes my inner kid a little giddy. This is hopefully the payoff we’ve been waiting for.

All-New Captain Canuck #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – I love the relaunched Captain Canuck, and to be able to get a double dose of the character is fine by me. It’s superhero stories that gets rid of the grim and gritty and instead inject old school fun.

Circuit Breaker #1 (Image Comics) – The first issue is crazy and so out there, I don’t know how to describe it. It feels like very Japanese stereotype mashed together in an anime-ish style that is a visual assault. And of course if focuses on evil robots.

Independence Day #1 (Titan Comics) – The movie gets the comic book treatment before the sequel hits theaters this year.

Superman: Lois and Clark #6 (DC Comics) – I think this is the best Superman comic on the market right now with a great mix of old and new and some fantastic visuals. I hope we see more of this with Rebirth.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

A bunch of publishers announced sell-outs and new printings to end the year. Here’s some of the announced comics.

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced that the second issue of Klaus, their original comic series by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora that details the epic origin of the one and only Santa Claus, has sold out through its first printing at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand.

Klaus #2 second print ships with a new cover by David Rubín and is anticipated to be in stores on January 20th.

Klaus #2 2nd Printing Cover by David Rubín

Devil’s Due Entertainment

Squarriors, by Ash Maczko and Ashley Witter has sold out at the distributor level at Diamond Comic Distributors within hours of its release this week. Devil’s Due is working on restocking and encourages retailers to place back orders while a new printing is in the works.

Squarriors

Image Comics

Author Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda launched their new fantasy adventure Monstress to early critical acclaim and have taken the comics industry by storm. Image Comics has announced that issues #1 and #2 are being fast-tracked for third and second printings, respectively, to keep up with the high customer demand.

Monstress #1 Third Printing Monstress #2 Second Printing

NYCC 2015: Devil’s Due/1First Comics at the Show

Thursday, October 8th at 10 AM, New York Comic Con begins and Devil’s Due / 1First Comics will be there all weekend! Check them out at Booth #1145. Joining them at the booth will be a few of your favorite Devil’s Due / 1First creators – Ash Maczko, Ashley Witter, Josh Blaylock, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, and Annie Wu (Friday only).

Not only will DD1F be on the main show floor, but they’ll be in artist alley too! Don’t forget to say Dirk Manning (H8), the Fillbach Brothers (BB4), the Yuan Twins.

In honor of NYCC, DD1F is bringing an exclusive convention variant of Public Relations #2 by Squarriors‘s Ashley Witter. Don’t forget to pick up your copy at the booth and get it signed by Witter, Sturges, Justus, and Public Relations‘ cover artist Annie Wu (Friday only).

NYCC ’15 Signing Schedule @ Booth 1145

Thursday 10/8
2 to 3:30 PM – Josh Blaylock (Mercy Sparx)
4 to 5 PM – Ashley Witter, Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus (Public Relations)
5:30 to 6:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Ash Maczko (Squarriors)

Friday 10/9
1 to 2 PM – Josh Blaylock
3:30 to 4:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Ash Maczko
5 to 6:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Annie Wu, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus

Saturday 10/10
1 to 2:30 PM – Ash Maczko, Ashley WItter
3 to 4 PM – Ashley Witter, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus
5 to 6 PM – Josh Blaylock

Sunday 10/11
11 AM to 12:30 PM – Josh Blaylock
1 to 2 PM – Ashley Witter, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus
2:30 to 4 PM – Ashley WItter, Ash Maczko

Public Relations #2 NYCC Exclusive

Devil’s Due Turns to Digital First

Galaxys for Hire Convention Preview - Art by Sherard JacksonKeeping up with the trends, Devils’ Due Entertainment has announced they’re expanding their digital first comic offerings. The first to be released is the sci-fi action series Galaxys for Hire by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson. The series centers around two rivaling sisters, Tanna and Mallori Galaxy, trying to survive a rigorous life in space in the 51st century.

The plan for the publisher is the add this distribution channel along with their crowdfuding and print releases. The publisher said in their release that while some titles do well in stores, others do better at conventions, some better with online sales, or through crowdfunding.

The digital first program will see several titles released in digital format followed by third party digital distributors such as comiXology and Drive-Thru Comics, and (for certain titles) to its crowd-funding campaign backers and additional marketing, all which serve as marketing to promote the comics in anticipation of print distribution through the comic book shop Direct Market and several large comic-cons.

Already known for their huge presence as web-comics, Plume (by K. Lynn Smith) and the recently added Scorch (by Ashley Witter), are also published by Devil’s Due and will maintain their own independent web presence.

The full line-up of digital first comics include:

  • Galaxys for Hire by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson – May 2015
  • Mercy Sparx by Josh Blaylock, Matt Merhoff and various artists starting with issue 8 – May 2015 (still scheduled for print release as solicited).
  • Drafted by Mark Powers which ran as a critically acclaimed twelve-issue maxi-series from Devil’s Due a few years ago, in development as a film by Benderspink Productions – Summer 2015
  • Tales of Mr. Rhee vol. 3 by Dirk Manning and various artists – Fall 2015
  • Solitary vol. 2 by CW Cooke – Fall 2015

Ashley Witter’s Scorch Comes to Devil’s Due

ScorchBefore Squarriors, and before her adaptations of Interview with the Vampire, Ashley Marie Witter built a massive online following with the suburban-goth web-comic, Scorch, about a macabre yet cute demon living in suburban America.

This July Devil’s Due Entertainment brings Scorch to print for the first time, collecting the hundred pages of content into a trade paperback, featuring all new cover art by Witter.

Both written and illustrated by Ashley, Scorch is the story of a demon living an immortal life as a young teen in suburban America. To gain this immortal gift, she made a deal with a more powerful demon who has since manifested himself as a monster (living in her closet) to keep tabs on the debt she needs to settle — the payment: 10,000 souls, plus interest.

Accompanied by her gang of misfits, hoods, and dweebs, Scorch sets out to discover her true past, prevent the end of the world, and pass the 10th grade.

Scorch is available for July release through Diamond.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Here’s some of the latest announced sell-outs and new printings!

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! has announced that writer Justin Jordan and artist Ariela Kristantina‘s series Deep State is going back for further printings. Issue #1 will receive a third printing while issue #2 gets its second. It has been recently announced that the publisher has sold the rights for the series as a television drama as part of its first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, in a collaboration with producer Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane.

Deep State #1 third print ships with a new cover by Eric Scott Pfeiffer and Deep State #2 second print ships with a modified cover by series cover artist Matt Taylor.

Deep State#1 Third Print Cover by Eric Scott Pfeiffer Deep State#2 Second Print Cover by Matt Taylor

Devil’s Due Entertainment

Solitary is creator CW Cooke’s superhero prison drama and Devil’s Due has announced the first issue has sold out. The second printing is being solicited though a release date was not mentioned in the release.

solitary #1 cover

Squarriors, a four issue mini-series by Ash Maczko and Ashley Witter about warring animals struggling in a post apocalyptic world. Its debut issue has sold out and a second printing has been announced.

squarriors #1 cover

Titan Comics

Titan Comics has announced that it is going to a second print of Michael Moorcock’s Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne due to exceptionally high demand. Michael Moorcock’s Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne is the first in a series of graphic adaptations of legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s signature creation Elric. Written by Julien Blondel and beautifully illustrated by Robin Recht, Didier Poli & Jean Bastide the second printing will hit comic stores on March 4, 2015, the same day as the second volume.

Elric-Coverweb

Benderspink Gets Drafted

Mark Powers’ critically acclaimed sci-fi epic Drafted has been optioned by Benderspink Productions for development as a tentpole feature. Powers, along with co-creator and publisher of the original Drafted comic, Josh Blaylock arranged the agreement just as plans were slated for the series to return to comic books through Devil’s Due Entertainment in 2015.

Drafted tells the story Earth’s first contact with extraterrestrials – a benevolent species that, unfortunately, arrives only to warn us of an impending invasion from another race. Therefore, they declare that every man, woman and child on Earth must be conscripted into the battle to save our mutual existance, whether we like it or not.

Powers and Blaylock will be working closely with Benderspink in developing the project, while simultaneously overseeing the project’s return to comic book shelves.

drafted awol

ComiXology Announces More DRM Free Publishers

comixology drm free wave twoToday comiXology unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during San Diego Comic-Con.

The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups. Some of the new publishers have previously announced going DRM free, or provide the option on other platforms.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.

Squarriors is Coming!

I know squirrels are evil and can do lots of damage. Just ask my former car and the engine one decided to make its home. They’re ninja warriors, full of stealth and destruction. Devil’s Due Entertainment realizes to destructive nature of the rodent, and have acquired the creator-owned property Squarriors by Ashley M Witter and Ash Maczko.

Squarriors features the story of a small group of animals surviving after the fall of humanity, bringing about a mix of brutality, adorableness and a touch of sci-fi through Witter’s fantastic visuals.

Squarriors will see a crowdfunding campaign start in July. The comic’s “Spring” mini-series is set to debut nationwide in December.

Squarriors - Tin Kin - Ash Maczko Ashley Witter squarriors

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