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Check Out Today’s New comiXology Digital Releases

Harley Quinn: Make Em Laugh #1

It’s Wednesday which means new comics are filling the shelves of your local shops as well as digital shops.

Below is all of the new comics you can find on comiXology today. There’s something for everyone available at the touch of your fingertip.

Check out the full list of releases here or see the individual releases below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

BOOM! Studios

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Darby Pop Publishing

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Marvel

The Red #1

Oni Press

Virus


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comics Releases

Rogue Planet #1

It’s Wednesday which means there’s lots of new comics coming to the shelves of comic shops and also lots of comics coming to digital shelves for you to buy! There are over 115 digital comics for you to check out today on comiXology. there’s something for everyone!

Check out below what’s available at your fingertips.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

AfterShock

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Titan Comics


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Review: Hostage

Hostage

In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world.

Artist and writer Guy Delisle recounts André’s experience in Hostage the new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly that’s one of the most fascinating graphic novels I’ve read this year. Delisle recounts André’s experience in an almost 500-page book that goes over the details no matter how mundane it may seem. And I think that’s what’s most fascinating about it all. This isn’t a story where André is being taken out and his life threatened, that experience comes from his head. Instead, the graphic novel is actually almost ordinary in a way. Day in and day out André is handcuffed in his setting given soup and bread to eat and recounting the days. How he spent the three months and what was occurring on his side is the interesting part.

This isn’t a story about negotiations and failed transfers. Instead, this story focuses on what André imagines is going on, or just straight up ponders. Why was a photo taken? Why did he have to provide a phone number? Telling the story only from André’s perspective provides us the reader a confinement that reflects what André experienced. For pages and pages, the book devotes itself to the soup André eats and how his wrist deals with the handcuffs. Because that’s what André experienced. We see how André stayed alert during his time, how he counted the days, and his general thoughts. In reality, though, we only see and experience what André did.

Delisle conveys the psychological effects of solitary confinement, compelling us to ask ourselves some difficult questions regarding the repercussions of negotiating with kidnappers and what it really means to be free. For those in the nonprofit sector or want to see the power of graphic journalist, Hostage is a fascinating read.

But, what struck me most, and Delisle enhances with his art is how far from an action movie it all is. Seriously, I want to go pack and see how much is devoted to discussing soup. But, the way it’s all presented is in a way so that we the readers who are unfamiliar with André’s experience don’t know what’s happening next. So, through the mundane tension increases as the story goes on.

Hostage is one of the most fascinating releases this year in both its story, attention to detail, and how it’s laid out. For a slice of real-life through graphic journalism, this is a must get.

Story: Guy Delisle Art: Guy Delisle
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Check Out New Comic Day’s New Digital Comic Releases

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #5

It’s new comic book day at comic shops and you can participate virtually too. ComiXology has lots of brand new issues for you to check out and enjoy all at your fingertips.

Check out below what you can get today.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Aftershock

Albatross Funnybooks

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Hostage

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin/SB Creative Corp.

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kid Beowulf Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

SelfMadeHero

Soleil

Titan Comics

Valiant


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Check Out New Digital Comics Including New Marvel

X-Men: Betrayals

ComiXology is your source of brand new comics with dozens of digital releases at your fingertips. It’s also the return of Marvel with brand new comics, some of which are only being released as single issues digitally!

Check out below for the full list of what you can add to your digital shelf today!

AAM-Markosia

Antarctic Press

Archie

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite

IDW Publishing

Kodansha

Marvel

NBM

SelfMadeHero


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic Releases on comiXology

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace

Check out today’s new digital comics releases! While there might not be new comics on store shelves there are lots filling digital virtual shelves.

See what you can get on comiXology today!

AAM-Markosia

Action Lab

Archie Comics

Black Crown

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Fantagraphics

IDW Publishing

Kodansha

Marvel

Th3rd World Studios

Yen Press

Small Press Expo 2019 Announces Comics Debuting at the Show

Small Press Expo has announced that over 100 books and comics will debut at the 2019 festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming panels, and 14 hands-on workshops to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Check out some of books debuting this year:

Rusty Brown

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of a couple people in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. Published by Pantheon.

Rusty Brown

CosmoKnights

For Hannah Templer’s ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.

In CosmoKnights, Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down. Published by Top Shelf.

CosmoKnights

The Hard Tomorrow

Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow? Published by Drawn & Quarterly.

The Hard Tomorrow

Twice Shy

Joel Orff’sTwice Shy tells the story of two strangers who have shut themselves down emotionally as a way to cope with their lives. Bob is an artist with a creative block who loses himself in an aimless existence; while Casey suffers from deep-seated anxiety and feelings of abandonment. As they tentatively try to build a life together, the harsh realities of the outside world begin to intrude on their happiness, but the experience changes them both in fundamental ways. Published By Alternative Comics.

Twice Shy

Sports Is Hell

For Ben Passmore, some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football. After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new oppressive leader. Published by Koyama Press.

Sports Is Hell

The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson’sThe Breakaways is a middle-grade graphic novel about a rebellious girls’ soccer team. It is a portrait of friendship in its many forms, and a raw and beautifully honest look into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world. Published by First Second.

The Breakaways

So Buttons #10

How does Jonathan Baylis celebrate his 10th-anniversary issue of So Buttons? With friends of course! This all-new issue features cover art by Thomas Boatwright in tribute to Jim Aparo’s cover for Detective Comics #469 (my first Batman comic). It includes new, funny toddler stories by Summer Pierre, heartwarming tributes to my passed dog Mocha by Haley Boros and New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. Plus art & stories by T.J. Hirsch, Princess Pamela, Nicole Miles, Jeremy Nguyen and Paul Westover. Published by Jonathan Baylis.

So Buttons #10

Henni In the Lowlands

Miss-Lasko Gross’Henni In The Lowlands continues the heroines adventures as an anti-authoritarian protagonist in this special edition only available at SPX 2019. Self-published.

Henni In the Lowlands

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Doctor Mirage #1

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.

Absolute Carnage #2/Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1/Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1/Venom #17 (Marvel) – Events often don’t live up to the hype but “Absolute Carnage” has delivered so far. There’s only been good to great so far so we’re all in until we see otherwise.

Batman/Superman #1 (DC Comics) – The Batman Who Laughs has poisoned superheroes and this classic team-up returns to deal with it. The next chapter in an epic tale.

Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant) – How do you solve the case of your own death? That concept is too cool to not check out.

Grass (Drawn & Quarterly) – An anti-war graphic novel about a Korean girl forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

House of X #3 (Marvel) – The big picture is finally revealed and Hickman isn’t giving us a restart of the X-Universe but delivering the next major event.

Killers #2 (Valiant) – A deeper dive into Valiants “Ninja” world. It’s been cool so far adding a lot to this intriguing corner of the universe.

Knights Temporal #2 (Aftershock) – The first issue was really intriguing with a knight transported to modern times. The details are still a mystery but it’s a mystery we’re intrigued by.

Mall #1 (Vault Comics) – The Mall isn’t just a bunch of stores, this consumeristic mecca is filled with tribes and name brand gangs!

Manor Black #2 (Dark Horse) – If you read the first issue, you know why this is on the list. The comic is a mix of horror and superheroes and we’re intrigued to see where it all goes.

Marvel Comics #1000 (Marvel) – We’ve read this one and it’s an intriguing celebration of Marvel’s 80 years.

Mountainhead #1

Mountainhead #1 (IDW Publishing) – A father and son are nomads who think the government is after them. A lone survivor of a climbing expedition is covered in blood. The two will collide in this intriguing debut.

Power Pack: Grow Up #1 (Marvel) – Louise Simonson and June Brigman return to the beloved characters to celebrate 80 years of Marvel.

Red Winter #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was solid gritty crime/noir and we’re all in for the second issue.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga (Dead Reckoning) – Exploring the bloodiest battle of World War II.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (Dark Horse) – An alternate history where Eliot Ness is after Al Capone who’s dealing in magic.

Review: Hot Comb

Hot Comb

Growing up around Black women, my whole life, I know that their relationship to their hair is like no other. This is not to say every woman feels a certain way about their hair. This is different for Black Women. The kinship is almost mystical even ethereal in some instances. As I’ve gotten older, the women in my family, especially my daughters, made me comprehend that it’s much more profound than synergy but an intimate fragment of their individuality.

Their hair is tethered to memories and for most Black women it’s the first time they felt being seen. Never mind the fact that people of color are marginalized in just about every part of the world, but more so women of color, especially Black Women. This is why their hair, like Samson, is where they draw their power from. In Ebony Flowers’ moving Hot Comb, we get several stories of Black women and their bond to their hair.

In the titular story, we follow a young woman as she goes to a salon to get her very first perm, with her mother in tow, as her need to get one is tied to the fact that her identity gets challenged by her contemporaries about her appearance, that her hair is nappy,  her family on her behavior , especially her mother who accuses her of  acting too white, which leads her to this place,  in hope of getting some reprieve from getting teased, through getting a perm in a black salon , which is more than she ever expected and more painful than she never knew until her scalp started to heat up, and only after she gets her perm, she realizes soon enough you cannot please everyone no matter what you do.

In “Lady On the Train,” a stranger asks a young lady, while on a train, some of the ignorant questions black women every day must endure while wearing her hair wrapped.

In “Big Ma,” a young girl’s favorite memories are tied to her grandmother whose love for her children outweighed her own welfare, something that those around her wished they did not take for granted.

In “Fieldwork Follies,” a familiar scene plays out where a young Black girl’s white friend, initially realizes their physiological differences, and in a moment of understanding, she offers her friend to touch her hair.

In “My Lil Sister Lena,” a melancholic anecdote about a young Black female baseball player who during one day at their hotel pool, her teammates, at first , in jest, and in due course almost mean-spiritedly,  pointing  out how unique her hair is, often touching without really asking,  eventually causing her to have anxiety, leading her to pull her hair out, as a slow devolution of her psyche makes her stop caring about everything she loves in life.

In “The Spaniard,” a young man’s seemingly innocent compliment unearths a deep seeded ignorance he has for Black women as a whole.

In “Sisters & Daughters,” a woman ‘s relationship with her daughter and her sister is shaped by her own struggles of growing up in a broken home which she explores while her sister does her hair.

In “Last Angolan Saturday,” three friends on their last weekend in Angola, bond over memories, hair, and their connection to the land they stand on.

Overall, an honest assemblage of stories and narratives that elaborates and celebrates the legendary connection of Black women and their hair and ultimately paints the struggle that they endure, sometimes heartbreakingly so, in their most delicate moments. The stories by Flowers, is propitious, gifted and masterfully told. The art by Flowers, is sophisticated and rich in broad strokes. Altogether, a tome that will inoculate compassion and understanding into most readers even when the world resists the need to celebrate our differences.

Story: Ebony Flowers Art: Ebony Flowers
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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 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.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – A tie-in to the current Infinity Wars event, this comic brings together a rag-tag group of Asgardian warriors. The reason is ok but it’s the personalities and a reveal at the end that’s the real driver here.

Berlin The Complete Edition (Drawn & Quarterly) – Collecting Jason Lutes masterwork looking at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens. It’s a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism.

Border Town #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – Kicking off the new direction of Vertigo that’s a return to the edgy social conscious comics of old. The first issue is absolutely fantastic and a must get. A horror comic with monsters you don’t normally see.

Bully Wars #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Skottie Young. That alone has us sold. The series focuses on high school bullies with art by Aaron Conley.

Captain America #3 (Marvel) – A fantastic relaunch of the series focused on the role of Captain America in modern society.

Cover #1 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – The fact this is a new Jinxworld title has us intrigued to check it out.

Dark Ark #10 (AfterShock Comics) – Cullen Bunn is a master at horror and this series mashes that genre up with the Bible. So good.

Death of the Inhumans #3 (Marvel) – We admit we were skeptical when we first head about this miniseries but so far each issue has been solid with no issues murdering off long time characters and creating a threat that feels very real.

Dr. Stone Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – We’ve read it, we love it. Basically, everyone in the world gets turned into stone and a few wake up thousands of years in the future. Where do you go from there?

The Dreaming #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – The Sandman Universe takes off with this debut issue. We had mixed feelings about the teaser comic but we’re excited to check out more.

Thanos Legacy #1 (Marvel) – A piece of the master cosmic plan Marvel has going on.

Transformers: Lost Light #23/Transformers: Optimus Prime #23/Transformers: Unicron #4 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers universe is finally coming to an end point and these three series are taking us there. What’s on the other side, we have no idea.

United States vs Murder Inc #1 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – We remember the first volume when it came out and it was a nice spin to the mob story.

The Walking Dead #183 (Skybound/Image Comics) – The introduction of the new community has given the series a shot in the arm and opened up a lot of posibilities. Where is it goign? We have no idea and can’t wait.

WWE NXT Takover: Blueprint #1 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a fan of the WWE, this one is a must get.

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