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GENZERO_001_VARIANT_HENRYIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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BTN – Ohio State professor reflects on her passion for comic books: BTN LiveBIG – Cool to see this.

The Beat – Flame Con 2 was the nicest and most forward-looking con of the year – It’s a fantastic convention!

 

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Nothing But Comics – Generation Zero #1

The Beat – Unsounded

Preview: Devolution Collection

Devolution Collection

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak
cover: Jae Lee
FC • 144+ pages • $19.99 • Mature

COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 PLUS RICK REMENDER’S SCRIPT TO ISSUE #1, AND MORE!

Every living creature on Earth has been devolved – the evolutionary clock turned back, reverting all life to odd mutations and prehistoric incarnations. The cities of man are little more than bloody territories ruthlessly dominated by tribal Neanderthals ruling from the backs of mammoths, packs of saber-toothed tigers, and giant man-eating insects. Raja, one of the few remaining “Still Sapien” humans, heads to San Francisco to find the antidote for the world-changing DVO-8 viral agent. But to cross the wasteland, she’ll have to convince the last pocket of humanity to join her quest… and survive the Nazi hillbillies that rule them through fear!

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Preview: Devolution #5

Devolution #5

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

The last humans on Earth face Neanderthal hordes and the bastards who started this whole mess. Can there be a solution? A death. A compromise. A lie. The big twist comes. Check out the thrilling series finale from Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class), self-described as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/7/16

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.


Alex

old man logan 6 coverOld Man Logan #5 (Marvel)* – I really enjoyed this issue. The set up for Logan being alone is reminiscent of the old Wolverine comics of years gone by, and it’s a surprisingly effective method of distancing him from the X-Men for a designated period of time. The story itself is very interesting, and still plays off who Old Man Logan is in terms of where he came from, with a slightly different flavour than the past few issues. How long Old Man Logan’s backstory can continue to play an integral part in his future remains to be seen, but so long as it’s done well, I’m okay with that cow being milked. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Moon Knight #2 (Marvel)* – I wanted to love this issue, and for the most part I did, but it just isn’t living up to what I was hoping for, and expecting from, the series. The artwork and layouts continue to impress, and I have a feeling that the writing will fall into place as more pieces to the story are revealed. As it is, though, Moon Knight #2 is still very good, it’s just not great. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Klaus #5 (Boom!)** – Probably the weakest issue in the series so far, this felt more like a filler issue to pad out the required seven issues for the mini series. Some interesting parts, but nothing spectacular (aside from the artwork).  Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read if you’re reading the series.

Batman #51 (DC)* – Is a perfect send off to the epic run of Snyder and Capullo on the New 52’s Batman series. Batman #51 is a very bittersweet comic in more ways than one, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. A great single issue that stands alone, and will probably stand the test of time as one of the better single issues from the last 51. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

The_Punisher_1_CoverDevolution #4 (Dynamite)** – This thing will probably read better in trade than it has in singles given that the cliffhanger to this penultimate issue involves the arrival of some characters we haven’t seen since the beginning, but Rick Remender has rewarded readers’ patience with this post-apocalyptic yarn that apes “2000 A.D.”-style storytelling in much the same way that “Tokyo Ghost” does, as it’s definitely gotten better with each successive issue. Johnathan Wayshak’s art is the real show-stealer here, though, and will absolutely take your breath away. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

The Punisher #1 (Marvel)* – The old and the new meet up and join forces as first-time Frank Castle scribe Becky Cloonan teams up with veteran Punisher illustrator Steve Dillon for this latest re-launch. So far the results are solid, if unspectacular, as the groundwork is laid for a confrontation with a genuinely blood-curdling new villain, but, ya know — not a whole lot else happens. I’ll give it a few more issues, though, since both creators seem to have a solid grasp on the character and his decidedly violent world. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read

Three Floyds: Alpha King #1 (Image)** – I don’t know who the three Floyds of the micro-brewing company of the same name are, but one of then is teaming with Brian “anything for a buck” Azzarello to write this extended advertisement while Simon Bisley handles the art. As you’d probably expect, it’s about some guy who turns into a psychopathic Lobo-esque “hero” when doused with his own home brew. Tedious bearded hipster-ism meets balls-out ultraviolence will no doubt ensue as we go along. Or, rather , as you go along if you continue reading this — I’m out, even though Bisley’s art is still fun, blood-soaked eye candy. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass

Detective Comics #52 (DC)* – Not with a bang, but with a — -well, you know the rest. The wrap-up to Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin’s two-part “Gordon-in-the-Bat-suit” story looks nice, but the Iraq-based supernatural “thriller” is old hat to anyone who read the far better “Burning Fields” last year. On the whole “Detective” is a book that never found anything like a consistent footing during the “New 52” years, and this issue continues — and hopefully concludes — that unfortunate trend. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

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 (**).

Preview: Devolution #4

Devolution #4

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity,only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Review: Devolution #4

Devolution04-Cov-A-LeeChaotic and fast-paced, Devolution makes for a great storyboard but the narrative could use a little development.

Scientists decided the best way to save humanity was to do away with religion. To that end, they created a virus that would shrink the part of the brain that deals with faith. (I know this is a comic but I seriously think I heard them discuss this on Fox News.) Surprisingly, playing god didn’t work out the way they expected which is totally weird because the last thing Victor Frankenstein ever said was, “This was totally awesome. Don’t overthink super-science. Just do it.” Consequently, life on Earth began to rapidly de-evolve like discussing politics at Thanksgiving. Except in this instance, everyone got to be the disgusting, bigoted uncle. Everyone but Raja, who is trying to get back to the source of the problem to set the world right again.

This book would have made an amazing featured story in Heavy Metal Magazine. It blends sci-fi fantasy with a little bit of Crossed-style violence and sexuality. The book certainly does reflect the primal nature it’s aiming for. The characters are always moving, new and weird threats are constantly emerging. This book would make a great translation to film. However, it would be the sort of film best enjoyed on an airplane when you can’t afford the headphones.

Saying the plot is remedial is a bit unfair, though not at all untrue. The appeal of the book is it’s brutality, the fearful the world it’s created. The villain shows up, drives the characters into the dangers and trappings of the world and once they get where they’re going they should home-free. That’s all fine.

The problem is in the third-person narrative. The narrative is what makes you realize how simple everything is, demonstrating that people may be able to de-evolve mankind, but that’s there’s nothing to be done to defeat the “tell not show” monster. The narration affords backstory, emotional insight, shot-term expectation, all things that would help us know Raja if she were speaking for herself, interacting with the other characters in a meaningful way. When the perspective is so singular in a story, you may as well cut the narrative and let the character be more expressive unless there’s something she/he is hiding. That’s not the case here.

Additionally, slowing the pacing of the story is how cartoonish some of the violence is. When a character dies it often requires the reader to stop and ask, “Wait, was that the identical character with the glasses or the identical character with no glasses whose eyes just popped out? Was that the doctor or did Gallagher just strike another watermelon?” All of a sudden the reader is looking for visual context to keep the events straight.

The ending ties the story back to a bit of a forgotten subplot from the beginning in a way that’s interesting. Hopefully the final issue will prove to be a bit more redeeming.

Think creating a virus to combat religion is the way to go? Think this would be Netflix Original movie that you watch while doing a project that a movie you see on an airplane? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5. Recommendation: Pass

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Devolution #3

Devolution #3

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity, only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

International-Iron-ManWednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Superman #50 (DC Comics) – Truth be gone! Superman is back and he gets to meet Pre 52 Clark? Absolutely on board for this one. Hope we get a lot on all the supporting cast and how they react to Clark fully back. Good to see the S in the sky again. Great Caesars Ghost it took long enough.

Dragon Age: Magekiller #4 (Dark Horse Comics) – So this book has been the guilty pleasure of my pull list each month lately. Greg Rucka and Carmen Canero do an awesome job of hitting the fantasy bone with great characters and fun as hell dialogue. Sad it’s winding down. Only one more ish to go…

International Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – While I’m not completely hating Invincible Iron Man, there is definitely something lacking. Hoping that one of my favorite all time teams can bring the flash back to Tony’s tales. I don’t need a ticket to Stark Expo for this one. I’m already there.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #8 (Marvel) – I know, they’re pulling the Apocalypse Wars to coincide with the upcoming movie; but Apocalypse is a great villain, so I’m excited for this to start.  Not so keen on the fact the X-Men are going into the timestream…again!  Haven’t they already made a big enough mess with all the time travel?  I’m really hoping this is a great story arc…and I love this team line up.

All-New Inhumans #5 (Marvel) – So Crystal and her team are exploring the skyspears around the world, stopping in China first…and Spider-Man is joining them.  An interesting team up, and I’m looking forward to see it.

All-New X-Men #6 (Marvel) – Still a fun ride, but I’d like to see a little more from this title then just Warren worrying about Laura, Evan and Idie standing around in the background and Hank feeding their pet Bamf.  A more substantial story would be nice; yes I know young Scott is trying to redeem himself but ok…and??  The fun ride is getting a little stale, I want more from these kids.

Scarlet Witch #4 (Marvel) – This is the book I’m really rooting for;  I haven’t been enjoying it 100% and I just hope it finds its footing with the potential I know it has.  Wanda is such a great character, one of my favourites and I think she needs a title to shine in.

Uncanny Inhumans #6 (Marvel) – I am loving that they brought the Quiet Room from Secret Wars into the main universe, and I’m really liking the idea behind it; a neutral zone for meetings, gambling and a good time. Of course, it all goes to hell and Black Bolt has to clean it up the mess. Really enjoying this book and liking this new side of Black Bolt.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #5 (Valiant) – Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire are the talented artists joining the phenomenal writer Robert Venditti for this issue. That alone makes me drool with anticipation, but the fact that this is the first of a two part story makes me positively giddy. It has been years since I’ve read a two part story for a character I love as much as the Eternal Warrior. I can’t bloody wait.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Devolution #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – At first, I picked this up only because Remender wrote it.  Now that I am firmly aware of its premise—a devolved world resulting from a man made virus created to eliminate religious beliefs, and by extension strife and war—I’m hooked for the long haul.

3 Devils #1 (IDW Publishing) – I really don’t know much about Bo or this book. All I know is that it’s a “supernatural western with a gypsy girl, an ex-slave with no soul, and a human wolf.”  Taking a risk but sounds promising.

Clean Room #6 (Vertigo) – Gail Simone’s dark, demonic, bloody, and cultish book is giving me nightmares, and I love it.

Legends of Tomorrow #1 (DC Comics) – Old school writers (Gerry Conway and Len Wein), and a new take on Sugar and Spike (sorry, but if you automatically recognize these two, then you’re probably old).  I am eager to see what DC does with this.

Starve #7 (Image Comics) – Having grown up in East New York during the 1980s, this will not be my first experience with urban chicken farms (my Uncle had one on Euclid Avenue); but I am curious about the “Black Market Greens.”

 

Brett

Top Pick: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 (Valiant) – It’s been too long since we had an Archer and Armstrong comic from Valiant. Each time this team has been on the printed page, I’ve been beyond entertained and usually howling with laughter. Always a fantastic read, and I expect no less from this debut issue.

All-New Classic Captain Canuck #1/Captain Canuck #7 (Chapter House Comics) – Pure, fun super hero comics with none of the negative grim and gritty. A fun read that has a classic feel about it.

Legends of Tomorrow #1 (DC Comics) – I like anthologies and this series is going to spotlight various characters in each issue. This has Firestorm, Sugare & Spike, Metamorpho, and Metal Men and that combo has me excited to see where this goes and hoping for a long run.

Monstress #4 (Image Comics) – An amazing world that builds with each issue. I’m not a big fantasy fan, but this series has me hooked. A deep read and just jaw dropping art.

Superman: American Alien #5 (DC Comics) – A solid deconstruction of Superman with a rotating cast of artists with each issue. I think it’s the best Superman on the market right now.

Review: Devolution #3

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Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity, only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

Will the thrilling roller-coaster ride of Devolution stop?  I doubt it, as the monstrous primitive animals began their chase of Raja, and the rebel marines. Along with the violent Neo-Nazis who are chasing Raja, and the rest of them, seeking only one thing. Revenge.

Gritty, giant animals, and ruinous landscapes complete this strange sci-fi series. I will admit the addition of giant, primitive animals are a nice bolstering of the superb environments. Honestly, I’m not sure what they could add in either story or art to make me love this series anymore.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak Color: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9 Art:9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Devolution #2

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The road to salvation is lined with Nazi hillbillies and Neanderthals. Raja finds that trusting people is a bad idea. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

In the explosive second issue of Devolution, a lot happens, yet at the same time very little does too. Now that Raja is captured by Nazi hillbillies, and is placed in its leader dungeon to be used. Of course that doesn’t last as she manages a daring escape/rescue with a little help. As she escapes from bondage, an explosive firefight ensues.

Honestly I love how the art by Jonathan Wayshak manages to capture the determination of Raja and her will to escape. As well simultaneously capturing the violence, action, and flow of the story. Even the realism of the characters, while maintaining the gritty violence of a world where humanity has changed is still impressive to see.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak Color: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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