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Review: Eight Billion Genies #2

Eight Billion Genies #2

“Kinetic”. Does it make sense to call a comic that? Eight Billion Genies #2 continues to entertain and make you think with it’s brilliant concept and excellent execution. The first issue had a genie appear for every person in the world. Each granted one wish. Imagine the chaos that would ensure. That’s part of what the series explores as well as a group of individuals attempting to survive the chaos.

Written by Charles Soule, Eight Billion Genies #2 delivers an interesting follow up to the chaotic debut. Focused on a group of individuals in a bar, we get a sense of more of the rules of the wishes. The genies are happy to talk with their individuals explaining some of the details of what’s going on, for instance if two wishes cancel each other out. We also get a sense there’s far more going on than just this random concept. The genies all seem to have opinions about the use of the wishes, as if they’re judging humanity. There’s something ominous to it all, like this is a test for something larger.

It’s the details that Soule brings that stand out. There’s the chaos of the events but the logic of the genies and the characters as well as their emotional reactions to what’s going on is what sucks you in. In a world where the impossible is possible, it all seems so grounded, focused, and relatable. It feel very much like what might really happen. The detail extends to the opening where we get to see how others react to what’s going on and a population count of the genies and the world. We get a sense of the amount of death this is all causing, an interesting point that’s hopefully addresses later.

The art by Ryan Browne is fantastic. With lettering by Chris Crank, the comic’s look pops. There’s a fantastic mix of the utter insanity outside the bar and the much more grounded world within. It feels like a zombie film in some ways but much more colorful and not as sad and depressing. The bar might be normal but the world outside is full of rainbows, car robots, castles, and so much more. Browne makes it all seem normal and fits together.

Eight Billion Genies #2 is a fantastic second issue because of its focus. It could easily get caught up in the insanity but its the focus on the characters and their reactions that make the comic work so well. Like The Walking Dead, it’s about the people, their interactions, and their reactions to a world of chaos. And like that series, it’s what makes the comic stand out and one to not miss.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letters: Chris Crank
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

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Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

A Calculated Man #1 (AfterShock) – A math genius who used to run the numbers for a crime family enters Witness Protection and goes in the run after turning state’s evidence.

Albatross Exploding Funnybooks #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – A new anthology series featuring some of Eric Powell’s fan favorite creations!

Best Archie Comic Ever #1 (Archie Comics) – A series of short stories shaking up the Archie we know with a fantastic group of creators.

Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 (Opus Comics) – The time-traveling duo are back in a monthly series of most excellent adventures! The duo are back and having a nice renaissance and we’re excited to see how that translates to comics!

Blue, Barry & Pancakes Vol. 4 Enter the Underground Throwdown (First Second) – The series is a lot of fun for kids and adults and solid lessons… for both really.

Bone Orchard Mythos: Passageway (Image Comics) – The first book in the horror shared universe from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. With those two involved, we’re absolutely in for this release.

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #2 (AfterShock) – The horror series has us guessing what’s going to happen next and this new primordial force has us intrigued as to exactly that.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers gets his own Captain America series and we’re intrigued how the two will work together and stand apart from each other.

Clementine Book 1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The popular character from The Walking Dead video game comes to comics in a young reader graphic novel series!

Deadpool: Samurai Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – The manga take on Marvel’s popular character has been interesting. We were a bit mixed on the debut but still want to see where the second volume goes.

Do a Powerbomb #1 (Image Comics) – Wrestling gets hardcore when a necromancer asks Lona Steelrose to join the grandest pro wrestling tournament ever.

Eight Billion Genies #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was a lot of fun as everyone in the world gets a genie to make a wish.

G.I. JOE: Saturday Morning Adventures #4 (IDW Publishing) – Perfectly capturing the 1980s cartoon, the comic is perfect nostalgia and a hell of a lot of fun.

Grim #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a hell of a lot of fun focused on a grim reaper who has things go really sideways for her. It left us scratching our heads wanting to see what happens next.

Marvel’s Secret Reverse Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi takes on Iron Man and Spider-Man!

The Ocean Will Take Us #3 (AfterShock) – The series has a great mix of mystery and teenage drama.

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – Dive into the world of politics with this graphic novel about true experiences during a political campaign.

Undiscovered Country: Destiny Man Special (Image Comics) – The mysterious villain gets a special issue focused on him!

Why the People: The Case for Democracy (First Second) – Is democracy still the best form of government? This graphic novel attempts to answer that question!

Review: Eight Billion Genies #1

Eight Billion Genies #1

When you see the names Charles Soule and Ryan Browne on the cover of the comic, you can be pretty sure you’re going to be in for a treat. The duo have a long list of great reads under their names separately and together. Eight Billion Genies #1 kicks off their latest collaboration that explores an interesting “what if?” scenario. In this story, everyone on earth at the same time gets a genie with 1 wish. What would happen? What’s the impact? How insane would things get?

Written by Soule, Eight Billion Genies #1 is a solid start. Soule does what he does best, focus on the characters and then builds a story around them. The actual main concept of the story doesn’t begin for quite a while. Instead, the first issue sets up the initial characters we’ll focus on. We get their conflicts, their issues, a good sense of who they are. Mixed in with the comics’ overall concept, it gets the ideas of the reader going as far as what this opportunity means for each of them. We get to get to know these characters a little before things drop and get insane.

And it’s insane.

Soule and Browne deliver an over the top result as the wishes start flying. We get subtle things within the bar the story takes place but it’s like being hit in the face as the door to the bar opens and we see the impact of how much things have gotten out of hand. What’s also interesting is another visual Soule and Browne have included, a “body count”. We see the world’s population and the genie population and then the impact to that number as the wishes begin to flow. It’s an interesting concept that further challenges the reader as you begin to ponder what happened to all of these people.

Browne’s art style is perfect for this comic. With lettering by Chris Crank and color assists by Kevin Knipstein, the comic’s visuals go from 0 to 10 in the visual crazy quickly. As I said, the majority of the comic takes place in a bar with a few people. It’s calm, it’s “realistic”, it’s centered on a setting that anyone can experience. There’s nothing remarkable about all of that and the art keeps things grounded in a way. It helps focus on the characters. There’s some details here and there but it’s the characters that are center stage. But, once the wishing begins things spiral visually. You wait to see where the crazy is and it hits you. Browne easily shifts the comic from that grounded, every day feel, to Looney Tunes and back easily. It’ll be interesting to see how that’s handled as the comic progresses and the wishes get more out of hand.

Eight Billion Genies #1 is a great start to the series. It opens up a literal world of possibilities as we see how wishes from genies can get out of hand. While the world as a whole spirals, its focus on a few individuals keeps the comic focused and something the reader can relate to. As expected, it’s a great read and an absolute “buy”.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letterer: Chris Crank Color Assists: Kevin Knipstein
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus ComicsTFAW

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Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

Archie Meets Riverdale (Archie Comics) – When Archie “meets” folks, it’s usually an entertaining read. So seeing how this one plays out should be real fun!

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – With a trailer for the sequel film dropping this week, the timing is damn near perfect for a new comic series. That solid release is worth a mention here alone.

Blood Syndicate: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The next wave of Milestone begins here as the classic series returns!

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume was great and the Free Comic Book Day issue solid. We’re pumped for this next volume and to find out more about this horror series.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel) – Sam Wilson is taking on the mantle of Captain America again in his own series. With two different Cap books coming out, it’ll be interesting to see how the two differ.

Eight Billion Genies #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne would be enough to get on this list. The concept of everyone on earth getting a genie and wish at the same moment is too interesting to not check out.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The series has nailed the tone and look of the classic animated series. Absolutely fantastic in every way.

Grim #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun! This is a hot comic having already sold out at the distributor and getting a second printing.

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 60 years for both characters!

Nottingham #7 (Mad Cave Studios) – The series has been great as a whole and if caught the Free Comic Book Release, you know that’s the truth. The issue is solidly timed to build off the FCBD release which was one of the best this year.

Past the Lat Mountain #2 (CEX Publishing) – After a war, fantasy creatures were rounded up and put on a reservation. Some have escaped hoping to find freedom while the government wants to stop them.

Science Comics: Birds of Prey (First Second) – We’re big fans of this educational graphic novel series that’s also entertaining. Great for kids and adults.

Solo Leveling Vol. 4 (Yen Press) – The series is awesome taking place in a world where dungeon hunting is an actual job.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 (IDW Publishing) – The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends. When the last star flickers, who will be the only Cybertronian left?

Eight Billion Genies Grants a Wild Wish in May

The bestselling creative team behind Curse WordsCharles Soule and Ryan Browne—reteam for an all-new fantasy comic titled Eight Billion Genies. This eight issue miniseries is set to launch in May from Image Comics.

This new story asks readers, If you had one wish…what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else had one wish too? In Eight Billion Genies, at exactly the same moment, it’s exactly that which happens: everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. Of course, all hell breaks loose, in a very entertaining way…and that’s just the beginning. Buckle in for the wildest ride of the year!

Eight Billion Genies #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 11:

  • Cover A Browne – Diamond Code MAR220018
  • Cover B by Jenny Frison & Steve Seeley – Diamond Code MAR220019
  • Cover C by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code MAR220020
  • Cover D 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220021
  • Cover E 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220022
  • Cover F 1:50 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220023
Eight Billion Genies #1