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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.

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #8 (Valiant) – After the ambitious issue told from Bloodshot’s point of view where you saw what he saw (only he was blind s we got a black comic with the only art on the pages being in the form of the panel borders), I’m really interested to see how Lemire follows that up. While I have no doubt this will be a really good comic, there is precedence after all, I’m curious to see how it stands up after #7 – a comic that I feel is incredible.

Ninja-K #6 (Valiant) – In any other week this would be on top of my Most Wanted list. In fact there’s such a gulf between this and the next that I didn’t bother to write it down. Why bother, really?

 

Joe

Top Pick: Oblivion Song #2 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new series is always exciting, and when Kirkman creates a new universe, it’s even more exciting. After a set up issue, it will be great to see what this world has in store. This is a solid pick for fans of sci-fi dystopian tales.

Gideon Falls #2 (Image Comics) – Another new series from a great writer, Lemire. I enjoyed the tone of the first issue, even if it did make me a little anxious. This is one freaky little town. Great for fans of horror.

The Avengers #688 (Marvel) – This train keeps rolling! The elders are coming to their endgame and each week this book juggles so many characters and does it effectively. This could become a classic Avengers tale.

X-Men Red #3 (Marvel) – Jean Grey has returned and with her comes a new team. This book deals with old school X-book themes like racism and mutants, and how they fit into the world of humanity. The first two issues have been good.

Captain America #700 (Marvel) – Waid’s time on the book is coming to a close, and Coates is beginning his run soon. This is a landmark issue and the end of a time travel arc that has been fun. It’s classic Captain America and the end of a run that acts as a palate cleanser to Hydra-Cap.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dodge City #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This is a week with lots of solid new releases and fantastic comics coming out so to narrow them down to five is a tough one. That being said, this is a comic that’s on the top of my pile to read. The first issue was cute, entertaining, just a lot of fun. A comic about dodge ball? Yeah, I’m sold.

Big Planet Comics Red (Big Planet/Retrofit Comics) – An anthology featuring 15 artists from the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia). This publisher consistently puts out amazing indie comics.

Crude #1 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – I read this first issue and it’s a gut punch of a story. Boiled down, it’s a revenge story, but the details, the setting, it’s just a raw and gritty comic that’s so good.

Domino #1 (Marvel) – Gail Simone writing Domino. Nuff said.

Exiles #1 (Marvel) – While I haven’t been a fan of this series in the past, the fact writer Saladin Ahmed is handling this volume has me excited.

Preview: Dodge City #2

Dodge City #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Cover Artists: Cara McGee
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Gonçalo Lopes
Price: $3.99

Tomás is no longer the newest player on the Jazz Pandas, and with another teammate they stand a better chance of making it through the season, if they can manage not kill to each other first!

Review: Dodge City #1

A new series about then high-energy chaos of competitive dodgeball! Tomas is the newest member of the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, and hefs got a certain knack for keeping an eye on on the ball (or several!). However, he is new, untested, and still not quite part of the team. But if the Jazz Pandas want to make it to summer regional championships theyfll have to pull together and learn to work as a team.

BOOM! Studios has been killing it lately with their sports focused comics and Dodge City is the latest entry, publishing by their BOOM! Box imprint. With a story by Josh Trujillo and art by Cara McGee, Dodge City #1 is a solid introduction to the characters of the series.

As a kid, I loved playing dodgeball, but was utterly rubbish at it as well. There were moments of brilliance but for the most part I could dodge and failed in the whole throw and catch aspect. Still, there’s dreams of joining an adult league for a comeback (from what, no idea). And we dive into this competitive world of the game where we’re introduced to a misfit group of players from two teams. Tomas is our “every person” we’re supposed to relate to.

Trujillo does an amazing job in the first issue using the game itself to introduce us to the various characters. Their personalities shine as the game progresses and by the end we have a perfect idea as to who is who and what their deal is. And the group is varied and impressive with every individual standing out in some way. The series is all about the personalities and how those clash on the gym floor.

Those personalities shine due to McGee’s art with colors from Brittany Peer and lettering by Aubrey Aiese. Much like their personalities, everyone is unique. Their looks vary though each team is uniform in a weird way. What’s solid is the variation of general looks as far as clothes but also height, body shape, and skin color. There’s a wide range here and there’s so much detail on each character it feels like we get a better idea of who they are based on all of the small clues.

Lots of action and a great cast of characters has me coming back for more of this series. BOOM! seems to have found magic with their sports focused comics which bring the popular manga genre to western audiences. This series, as well as Fence, stand out for their focus on characters and their ability to deliver action that doesn’t involve people in spandex punching each other. BOOM! is ahead of the curve when it comes to western comic trends and here, they’re leading the pack once again.

Story: Josh Trujillo Art: Cara McGee
Color: Brittany Peer Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Main Cover: Cara McGee Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you looking forward to? What are you reading first? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s a bunch of news and reviews from around the web.

Metal Injection – Norway’s Bloody Black Metal History Is Being Turned Into A Comic Series – Nice! We’re sure there’ll be lots of forests for them to get lost in.

ICv2 – Pepe the Frog Creator Sues InfoWars – Good!

 

Reviews

The Beat – Compulsive Comics

Newsarama – Crowded #1

Newsarama – Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Newsarama – Dodge City #1

Nothing But Comics – Firebug

Newsarama – Gideon Falls #1

Newsarama – Green Hornet #1

Newsarama – Oblivion Song #1

Talking Comics – Relic Dragon #1

Comic Attack – The Terrifics #1

Talking Comics – The Wilds #1

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: Batman #42 (DC Comics) – The last Poison Ivy issue was great, and I cannot wait to continue it. Ivy vs Cat will be a blast!

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 (Marvel) – Doctor Strange is always best when it’s weird, and boy this is super weird.

Infinity Countdown #1 (Marvel) – I am actually semi-excited for Marvel rebooting, though it just happened not long ago with Legacy. Infinity Countdown Prime and the Warlock comic have both been solid and set up some neat things. I have semi-high hopes for this.

Super Sons Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – This series is great, and this was a fun arc. Jon and Damien are great together, and though the series is ending, I am sure we see more of them sometime soon.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #7 (Valiant) – There’s not much I can say about this that I have’t already said in my reviews, but the long and the short of it is that I want this as an example of what comics are capable of as a visual medium. Jeff Lemire is one of the better writers in comics right now, and here he takes over the art (such that it is) to tell a story using only the panel borders and the letters against completely black pages. It’s a phenomenally ambitious comic.

 

Brett

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid one featuring a national tragedy, alien world, and at its heart a story about two brothers. There’s so much thought and detail put into the first issue, this one will be an absolute beast of a series and definite hit.

Dodge City #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has found success with a series about fencing and now we have one about dodge ball. The first issue is fun and entertaining and continues to bring the success we’ve seen with sports focused manga to western audiences.

East of West #36 (Image Comics) – Every issue of this series has been impressive and this issue left my jaw on the floor. Just amazing visuals and really moves the story along. Start from the beginning with this series and enjoy.

Gideon Falls #1 (Image Comics) – If Jeff Lemire writing the series wasn’t enough, Andrea Sorrentino on the art is the cherry on top.

Mech Cadet Yu #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Kids + giant robots vs. aliens. What else do you need to know? A fun series that brings the things I love about Pacific Rim to a wider aged audience.

Preview: Dodge City #1

Dodge City #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Josh Trujillo
Artist: Cara McGee
Colorist: Brittany Peer
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Cara McGee
Variant Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price: $3.99

Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time) and Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall) team up for a new series about the high-energy chaos of competitive dodgeball!

Tomás is the new captain of the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, and he’s got a certain knack for keeping an eye on on the ball (or several!).

However, he’s untested and still not quite part of the team. If the disorganized Jazz Pandas want to make it to summer regional championships they’ll have to pull together under Tomás’ leadership.

Game On for Dodge City

BOOM! Studios has announced Dodge City, a new sports comic/teen comedy series debuting March 2018 about the high-energy chaos, heightened drama, and exaggerated costumes of competitive dodgeball, and one team’s quest to make it all the way to the regional championships. Writer Josh Trujillo and illustrator Cara McGee suit up to tell the story of the Jazz Pandas co-ed dodgeball team—the worst team in their league and made up of outcasts—and the efforts of their new captain, Tomás, who, despite being the youngest and least experienced member of the team, is really, really good at dodgeball.

Dodge City #1 will feature a main cover by Cara McGee and a variant cover by Natacha Bustos.