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Preview: Evil Empire Vol. 3 TP

Evil Empire Vol. 3 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw
Price: $19.99

How could we actually end up in a jacked up dystopian future…starting from exactly where you are, right now? The country is torn apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Max Bemis’s gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #9-12.

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Preview: Evil Empire Vol. 2 TP

Evil Empire Vol. 2 TP

Author: Max Bemis
Artists: Andrea Mutti, Joe Eisma

The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. But how far will people go to take a stand for what they believe in? Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #5-8.

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Preview: Evil Empire Vol. 1 TP

Evil Empire Vol. 1 TP

Author: Max Bemis
Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti

The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #1-4.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rebels #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.

Brett

Top Pick: Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood takes us to the past, the American Revolutionary War, in a new series that might be historical, but has some solid themes and points that reverberate today. Having read the first issue, it’s beyond fantastic and well worth checking out.

Convergence: The Questions #1 (DC Comics) – It’s written by Greg Rucka and art by Cully Hammer. Do you need any more reason to check out this comic? Out of everything to spin out of DC’s Convergence event, this one has me the most excited.

Copra Round Two (Bergen Street Comics) – Michel Fiffe’s Copra might seem like a knock-off of the Suicide Squad at first, but the series has evolved into a voice all its own. You probably can’t get individual issues in your store, but this trade collects what you’ve been missing out on.

Evil Empire #12 (BOOM! Studios) – I swear when I interviewed writer Max Bemis before the series launched it was going to be longer. But this is it in an oversized final issue. The series has focused on a President whose take over and brought pure chaos to the US. No idea how it’ll all wrap up in one final issue.

Imperium #3 (Valiant) – Speaking of crazy world leaders…. Valiant has taken on the concept of super human beings living in the real world head-on with this series which focuses on Toyo Harada attempting to bring about a Utopia, even if he has to fight and kill for it.

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Top Pick: Grimm Fairy Tales White Queen #3 (Zenescope) – This miniseries has been compact and entertaining while also revealing some interesting bits of Calie’s past.  The promised White Queen versus Trickster battle looks pretty cool too.

Deep State #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The unexpected success of the first story arc drew many in and didn’t let them go.  It will be interesting to see what the creative time has lined up for an encore.

Jungle Girl Season 3 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A modern take on the jungle girl genre of the golden age.  This series doesn’t hold anything back in making the genre relevant to today’s readers.

Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – This is a strange time and place for a comic book story to be set in (the American Revolutionary Wars), but it tells the first part of what seems like a compelling story.

Spider-Woman #6 (Marvel) – The reboot within a reboot was impressive enough.  It will be interesting to see where they take Jessica from here.

 

Preview: Evil Empire #12 (of 12)

Evil Empire #12 (of 12)

Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos

Final, oversized issue! After years of cold war, Reese and Sam finally meet, and Julia is less than pleased. Meanwhile, Kara plays out her balancing act of wrangling information from the EE as a spy for the resistance. But how long can she keep up the act before someone catches onto her facade?

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Preview: Evil Empire #11

Evil Empire #11

Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos

Reese and her carefully amassed crew is finally making a dent in the Evil Empire. With Reese’s resistance appealing to people to stand strong behind their beliefs, it’s a matter of how many people fall on each side of the morality line. What do you stand for?

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Brett’s Best Comics of 2014

It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2014. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2014, though some are from earlier times and I got around to reading them, or limited series that continued. Keep in mind, this is what I have read (and does not reflect what other contributors to this site might think). If it’s not on here, I just might not have read it.

This was a particularly tough year of choices with some categories easily having their own top ten or twenty-five. Check out below what made the cut!

Best Super Hero Comic – Ms. Marvel

Ms_Marvel_1_Cover2014 is defined by the diversification of comics. Publishers recognized comic book readers come in all shapes and sizes, and expanded their lines to bring more choices to fans. Marvel led the pack in this, launching an unprecedented number of comics with female leads.

This expansion of comics was summed up best with Ms. Marvel, Marvel‘s daring series that featured a brand new character, a Muslim teenage girl from Jersey named Kamala Khan.

The series written by G. Willow Wilson feels so real, and down to Earth, with dialogue, issues, actions, and reactions we’d actually expect from a teenager, and especially one trying to fit in, in more ways that one.

This is a series that delivers with every issue, and also is one of the most important to launch in recent times. If there was a signal of the “age of diversity,” this is it.

Runners Up:

  • Archer & Armstrong – We seriously don’t give enough love to Valiant comics here on the site (and that’ll change in 2015, you can see below why). This series which saw a break late in the year, and then a mini-series team-up with Quantum & Woody, was consistently funny, entertaining, and could make you think at the same time. This was social satire in ass-kicking form.
  • Avengers/New Avengers – Two series that were a bit difficult to split apart. Writer Jonathan Hickman has been guiding the two with a long-game story that sees the Marvel world actually shaken, heroes rise and fall, and actually something new, tough choices with consequences. All of this will continue into 2015 as “Time Runs Out,” and Marvel heads into its second Secret Wars. Hopefully Hickman sticks the landing when his run is up.
  • She-Hulk – When you need to, sue, when that doesn’t work, punch things. Another example of Marvel trying something new, they reached out to actual lawyer (and prolific comic writer) Charles Soule to give us a different and fun take on She-Hulk. The art was hit and miss, but the writing was always spot-on, like a well prepared case.
  • The Superior Foes of Spider-Man – The release of this series was a bit spotty, but each issue had you linger on pages to pick up on every small joke. I really hope we see more of this in 2015, but sadly it looks like the series, and hope for a new version aren’t in the works.

Best Non-Super Hero Comic – Southern Bastards

southern bastardsWelcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour have created a Southern gothic noir series that once you think you’ve got it down, pulls the rug right out from under you. A bit of a riff on Walking Tall, the series is a must read, especially when you get to the end of that first arc.

It’s a brilliant exploration of the Southern community, especially its focus on sports and football. The second arc has begin with a greater exploration of its main villain, and with that has created a even more layered and fascinating read.

Runners Ups:

  • The Bunker – A time travel tale from Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari that’s trippy and keeps you on your toes. The future is a mess due to one group, and the hope to prevent it from happening is traveling back and telling younger versions of themselves what to do to stop it. But, are all motives altruistic? This is an amazing dissection of fate, time travel, and relationships.
  • East of West- A sci-fi western where the Four Horsemen on the apocalypse literally roam the Earth. Writer Jonathan Hickman again is the one responsible for this awesomeness, and he’s helped with amazing art from Nick Dragotta. In the latest issue, war has broken out, showing this past year has been all build up.
  • Lazarus- In a dystopian near-future government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and posession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule in writer Greg Rucka‘s all-too real world. The level of detail and thought that’s gone in to how this world works is amazing. This is social commentary in a sci-fi/action package. It helps the art by Michael Lark is beautiful to look at, and the series features a kick-ass heroine in the form of Forever Carlyle.
  • Letter 44 – Remember Charles Soule from above? Yeah, he also writes this too. This series sees a new President have to deal with a war in the Middle East, and also aliens setting up camp in deep space. This is a fantastic look at the choices our leaders make, and political maneuvering. If the last two issues’ revelations don’t have you excited… well, there’s no hope for you then.

Best Limited Series or One Shot – The Delinquents

DELINQ_001_COVER_RIVERARemember when Run-DMC and Aerosmith hooked up? How off the hook that was? Yeah, this is sort of like that, but involves an ass-map.

2014 saw Valiant bring together Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody, two of their most entertaining series, and characters into this one insane comic. Seriously, what drugs were folks on when they were coming up with this!?

Revolving around a mythic mountain for hobos, a map on an ass, genetically modified beings, and an evil corporation, the comic is constantly hilarious, beautifully drawn, and beyond entertaining.

We took a break from the two teams’ own series for this, but you know, that’s ok, because this was beyond awesome.

No other comic had as many laughs per page, and we also got to learn about the hobo code too!

Runners Up:

  • Genius – Delayed many years, this mini-series was beyond timely. A tactical genius has brought together the various gangs of LA and decides to secede some blocks of the neighborhood. What’s also great, that tactical genius is a woman. Released weekly around when Ferguson was occurring, the series reflected the troubled society we live in.
  • The Midas Flesh – Don’t know this one? How about an edge-of-your-seat, save the universe adventure with two butt-kickin’ ladies and a dinosaur in a spacesuit. It might look a “kids” comic, but the debate about the use of weapons of mass destruction, and mass genocide is impressive, especially since the comic was so much fun.
  • StarlightMark Millar does his best homage to Flash Gordon (which had its own fantastic series from Dynamite) in this series with art from Goran Parlov. The series clicked for me, in a pseudo-retro pulp adventure that was full of heart. From a writer that usually goes for over the top shock, this was a much welcome change.
  • The WakeScott Snyder and Sean Murphy‘s series wrapped up, and all I wanted was more. It’s a series that looks at the bigger picture of humanity and our relationship with the world, in two very different parts.

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – On the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore (World Around Us)

on the booksGreg Farrel and published by Microcosm Publishing, the graphic novel is the first-hand account of the 2012 labor struggle at New York City’s legendary Strand bookstore.

I know this’ll come as a shock, but I’m a political nut, so getting to see a graphic novel about this labor struggle was like finding gold.

What’s fantastic about this graphic novel is that it really presents an honest opinion. It covers the store and its troubles. It examines the difficult decisions and no win scenario of the employees. It also criticizes the union these employees belong to. It allows us the reader to explore all sides and come to our own opinion. For Farrell, it wouldn’t be unexpected that the story presented, and his experience depicted, to be very one sided. Instead though, he looks at all sides, especially his fellow employees, and does so with the views and opinions of his coworkers.

This wasn’t just a graphic novel, but a prime example of graphic journalism.

Runners Up:

  • An Iranian Metamorphosis – By Mana Neyestani and published by Uncivilized Books. The graphic novel was at the top of my list of books to get at this year’s Small Press Expo. One of Neyestani’s cartoons sparked riots in Iran, which landed him and his editor in solitary confinement. The graphic novel explores the complex interplay between art, law, politics, ethnic sensitivities, and authoritarian elements inside Iran’s Islamic Republic as well as refugee’s attempts to find safety and freedom.
  • Andre the Giant: Life and Legend – Andre the Giant was a 7’4″, 500 lb wrestling legend, but his nickname of “giant” also applied to his life in general, not just his size. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, especially watching wrestling, it was hard to miss this legend of a man. In this graphic novel out from publisher First Second, creator Box Brown pulls back the curtain a bit on the larger than life sensation.
  • Ricky Rouse Has a GunRicky Rouse Has a Gun is part action story, part parody, part commentary on intellectual property, and totally entertaining. It actually might be “too smart” in its layered commentary and the fact itself is an homage, talking about homages. But beyond that depth, the characters are entertaining, moments are hillarious, and action worthy of the big screen. Ricky Rouse to me is an ode to action movies, and the sequels they spawn, with enough to get you to think about our remix/re-use culture.
  • The Rise of Aurora West – A follow up to last year’s Battling Boy, this graphic novel focuses on Aurora West and her origin in a way. A fantastic, entertaining read that is a sequel/prequel/stand alone story that’s perfect for adults and teens. More please!

Best New Series – Gotham Academy

gotham academy #1While Ms. Marvel above easily represents a new focus and the greater diversity of the comic industry, Gotham Academy from DC Comics shows off that publisher’s shaking up their own line of comics.

Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher with art by Karl Kerschl, Gotham Academy has a focus, bring young adult female focused lit to comics. It beyond succeeds with an energy, voice, and look that’s been painfully missing from comics for too long.

It might take place in Gotham, and Bruce Wayne might make appearances, but this isn’t just another Batman book, it shows you can build off of something familiar in a new way, and do that successfully.

The comic is as much teenage drama as it is mystery, and for that it is amazing. Hopefully DC decides its future looks more like this, and we get more fresh tales, with new characters, in familiar settings.

  • Copperhead – A sci-fi western that has a new sheriff, with a mysterious past, coming to town. It helps she’s a single mother too. Each issue just nails it as far as pacing and story with art that feels like a western throwback, just with aliens.
  • Evil Empire – Was there a series that kept you on your toes more than this one? Each issue feels like a shock as it focuses on how that evil government that seems to exist in so many stories actually got in control. It’s also a nice finger at politics, political parties, voters, and corporations. Each issue will leave you debating political philosophy with yourself.
  • The Fuse – Another sci-fi cop series (there seems to be a lot of those this year), this one takes place on a space station and plays out like the best police dramas. Each issue presents small pieces of the crime, and just enough clues to leave you guessing. Add in an interesting setting, and a global cast, you have one hell of a series.
  • Rasputin – I had no idea what to expect with the first issue, and even after reading that first issue, I had no idea what to expect. Three issues in, I’m still not quite sure. The series focuses on the very real Rasputin, giving us glimpses at the historical mystery. Each issue is amazing to look at, and after finishing them, I want more. In a year of genre busting series, this is one of the most unique.

Best Single Issue – Bitch Planet #1

BitchPlanet01_CoverAHave you had something that’s been built up, and then you get to it you’re disappointed yourself? Yeah, this isn’t an example of that. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro teamed up for the very third time to bring us the premiere issue that actually lives up to the hype.

Their highly-anticipated women in-prison sci-fi exploitation riff is amazing on so many levels, making us examine our own views on society and feminism.

The issue plays out in a way that it’s a very enjoyable women in-prison exploitation story, a straight homage to the classics, but it’s that ending where the rug is pulled out from under you, making you go back and re-read the issue immediately.

The fact it came out in December, after numerous “best of” lists had already been released caused it to be overlooked by many, and it’s an example why you should wait until all comics are released. If it’s this quality with each issue, it won’t be overlooked when 2015’s best are announced.

Social commentary and comics at its best.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – The Multiversity

multiversity 1 coverOk, this is more than one issue, so sort of cheating. Writer Grant Morrison and various artists take us around the DC Multiverse for an adventure to save all of reality. The series is comprised of six complete adventures set in different parallel worlds with a two-part framing story and a guidebook.

First if you need a “guidebook” to help tell your story, you’ve got issues to begin with.

In general Grant Morrison is hit and miss for me, and clearly this series, which has seen five issues released so far, has been a miss.

While a appreciate what Morrison does in deconstructing comics, and comic history, I feel at times he becomes too referential in that if you don’t know the history of DC Comics in and out, you’ll miss much of the point.

His comics aren’t entertaining to me, I feel dumb, and left out, like I’m not one of the “cool kids,” a “fake geek guy.” Many have gushed at some of the issues, like Pax Americana, which riffs on Watchmen, and in that particular case some claimed better than the original. But too me, much of it comes off as pale imitations.

This is for the hardcore only, and as someone who is generally more a Marvel person than DC, I’m not the audience here.

Best Event of the Year – Aliens/Predator/Prometheus: Fire & Stone

alien vs predator fire and stone 1 coverI’m fairly new to Dark Horse‘s offerings of comics based on the world of Aliens and Predator, but 2014 saw the company relaunch that universe in comics with a four series event called Fire & Stone. Each series Aliens: Fire & Stone, Predator: Fire & Stone, Aliens vs. Predator: Fire & Stone, and Prometheus: Fire & Stone, all tied into each other, but also stood on their own.

Each series organically played off each other, as if evolving from each, in much the same sort of growth and evolution we’ve seen within the universe itself.

The series also did an impressive thing, it made me enjoy the movie Prometheus more, the much maligned prequel of sorts to the Aliens and Predator universe.

What’s truly great is that you could read each series, and really enjoy them on their own. At the same time, if you read them all, you saw how one played into the other to form a greater narrative.

Hopefully this is just the beginning and we get more in 2015!

Runners Up:

  • Armor Hunters – Valiant reigned destruction on their world in Armor Hunters, as aliens descended upon Earth to destroy X-O Manowar. Pulling in numerous series, the event was epic, and world changing.
  • Forever Evil – DC has been hit and miss, but this event has been pretty solid. Especially when you look at it as commentary between the dark and gritty villains of modern times versus the cleaner villains of yesteryear
  • Avengers/New Avengers: Time Runs Out– Jonathan Hickman has been weaving a hell of a tale catapulting us into the future of the Marvel universe, giving us alternate Earth’s almost destroying the 616, and choices with actual consequences.
  • Transformers: Dawn of the Autobots – IDW’s numerous Transformers series have been awesome and this is the culmination of what has been going on. Megatron is an Autobot and religious zealot. The Decepticons are scattered and in disarray. IDW has breathed even more life into the Transformers which celebrated 30 years in 2014.

Best Genre of the Year – Indie Comics/Small Publishers

Is it a “genre”? We can argue about that, but lets face it, 2014 was a year we saw major creators continue to shrug off the big two, instead launching creator owned series at other publishers, digitally or through Kickstarter. We saw more comics, in more varieties, on more subjects and more ways to consume them, than any time before. It really wasn’t the year of the Big Two, this was a year that we as consumers could continue to find something that would fit our varied tastes.

With more channels for distribution and more ways to produce comics, we’re in a golden age where the old ways of publishing no longer hold back the creativity that abounds.

We named Indie Comics “it” in 2013, and nothing changed in 2014.

Runners Up:

  • Zombies – Zombies have become a cultural phenomenon, lead marching shuffling along by The Walking Dead. Revival changed the genre a bit, with so many releases giving us so many other spins and perspectives. Afterlife With Archie continues to shake up what we think of Archie Comics. iZombie comes to the CW in 2015. The genre continues to cross over in to movies, television, books, toys and more. I thought the phenomenon would end in 2014, I was wrong.
  • Digital Comics – Digital first. Digital exclusive. Web comics. This was the year digital comics continued to break through with numerous platforms launching, many with different business models than the “buy each issue” one we’re used to. The sector is big enough to be noticed by tech giants, which lead comiXology to be gobbled up by Amazon. Expect even more of a digital land rush in 2015.

Best Surprise of the Year – Diversity

Women Symbol2014 saw diversity, and can be called the “Year of the Woman” when it comes to comics, in both good and bad ways.

As you can see above, Marvel focused on diversifying its comics with more series featuring women in the spotlight. Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Elektra, Black Widow, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, and Storm were just some of what came out.

DC Comics expanded the women on the page, and the women creating comics with Gotham Academy, a revamped Batgirl, and the hiring of talented women to create that and more.

Characters had their race or gender switched such as Captain America, Thor, Solar: Man of the Atom, and Archie’s The Shield.

Comics began to reflect, and look like its readers, a diverse group of individuals who come from all backgrounds, and are in all shapes and sizes.

Women especially were the focus, with more women led comics than ever before, and much of the year fueled by discussion about the women fanbase, harassment at conventions and online, and how to get more women interested and creating.

It’s hard to tell if this was just a fad or here to stay, but 2015 will be a key year if we want to make this positive change permanent.

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Kickstarter

KickstarterLast year’s disappointment continued to be so, as projects were delayed, vapor ware, or not as advertised. Also add in issues on the creator end of folks pledging high amounts and then disputing the charges, at times getting the goods. Add in the platform’s unwillingness to step in to deal with either situation and you get a tech company showing off it’s greed. What was once the toast of the town has shown its cracks which will only get worse.

The crowdfunding platform became a way for creators to raise funds for projects, only to get picked up by publishers, at times delaying projects and leaving bad tastes in the mouths of fans. If all creators were held to the standards of some of the best users of the system, there’d be no issue, but over 90% of the projects I’ve pledged to have been delayed or non-existence only creating angry backers and fans.

These issues have lead this site to rethink what we promote and how we do so, no longer choosing comics to promote, as we feel some responsibility for things gone wrong and your dollars being held hostage.

Kickstarter continues to be tone-deaf, and it’s only a matter of time before someone stands up and challenges the platform with a system that’s fair to creators, and protects those who pledge.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Publisher of the Year – Valiant Entertainment

VALIANT_logoThere is no other comic other that that’s done these specific three things this year.

  1. Every comic is entertaining – There hasn’t been an issue produced by Valiant that hasn’t been beautiful to look at, and a fun read. There just hasn’t been a bad comic at all. That type of record is impressive, and helps the company is focused on hiring top talent, and making sure their line is tight as far as what’s produced.
  2. They’ve created a universe that works – Read one series, or read them all, Valiant has created a line of comics where this is possible. If you read them all, you’re treated to a grand story as pieces of the greater puzzle is peppered throughout. If you read an individual series, they’re still great reads, and stand on their own. Add in the fact they’ve had some world changing events, and it gets even more impressive. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but Valiant pulls it off every month. This is the best “super-hero” universe out there right now.
  3. They’re willing to try new things – Keeping their line small. Trying different promotions like with a local coffee chain, being out there first when it comes to something new digitally, this is a company that’s trying to get a greater percentage of the market by growing its audience and finding new readers. That’s something a lot of publishers aren’t willing to do, or even try.

2015 sees the launch of their new initiative Valiant Next that’s bringing us new series that have organically grown out of what’s come before, and will guide us into the future of the Valiant Universe.

Runners Up:

  • BOOM! Studios – Last year’s best publisher is still fantastic and has put out some amazing comics over the past year. They diversified their line with BOOM! Box, some more licensed comics, and impressive deals with movie and television studios. But, more isn’t necessarily better, and while there’s been fantastic series, there’s been some misses too. The company has signed some impressive deals and is starting to bring in top names and creators for deals and releases you might expect elsewhere. Still, out of all of the smaller publishers, BOOM! remains the most poised to take the reigns from Image as number three out there, and challenge the big two.
  • First Second – Consistently putting out the best graphic novels on the market, First Second’s releases cover numerous genres, types, looks, and characters. They’re synonymous with quality, there wasn’t a graphic novel they released I didn’t enjoy on some level.
  • IDW Publishing – IDW is a publisher that thinks outside of the box when it comes to building it’s readership and that’s why they’re on this list. Not only did they continue to make a fantastic move tying in their comics with toys, they’ve also expanded into television and games. They’ve put out some fantastic new series like Winterworld. The company needs a few more creator owned original series, and they’ll be a big challenger for the top spot in 2015.
  • Image Comics – Image puts out some amazing comics, there’s no doubt about that. For all the hits though, there’s a lot of misses. It’s also a publisher that’s driven by the creator’s success, instead of building successes themselves. You also have to wonder, if some of the series everyone’s buzzed about would have the audiences they would if it weren’t for those creators. In other words, is Image the success, or the creators themselves?
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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch, Ryan North
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Felipe Smith B: Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Goñi Montes (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar to our Big Trouble in Little China comics, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. And because we’re fans first, we’re making sure it’s something WE would read. Wyld Stallyns forever!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of the films, our comics will pick up where they left off. Main creative team Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) bring you all the silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction you love! Plus, each story will have a back-up adventure. This issue features a tale of tech terror by Ryan North (Adventure Time) and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors)!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony. How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!

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THE CON JOB #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Artist:  Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artists:  A. Amanda Conner (99%) B. Jay Shaw (1%, Jackpot Variant) C. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) D. Dan McDaid (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics veteran Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) is a master at crafting humorous, snarky comics, and for The Con Job he’s teamed up with longtime comics journalist-turned-writer Matt Brady (Buck Rogers) and artist Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Deadpool) for a unique heist story. They’ve put the “con” back in comic conventions.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: In the mood for a character-driven, comic book convention crime caper? Palmiotti and Brady have crafted a Galaxy Quest meets Ocean’s 11-style crime story set in the larger-than-life backdrop of the modern convention circuit. You thought cons couldn’t get any bigger? You have no idea.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  After working the same convention circuit for many years, a group of flabby action heroes, aging sex symbols, and sci-fi bit players have become close friends as they watch their lines get shorter and their autographs get cheaper. That is, until they hire a cocky new booking agent who offers them their only chance at a comfortable retirement by robbing one of the largest cons in the country!

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HIT: 1957 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artists: A. Vanesa R. Del Rey B. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C. Dustin Nguyen INCV

WHY WE LOVE IT: Hit: 1955 was one of our favorite original series of 2013, a dark, violent dive into the depths of 1950s corruption in Los Angeles featuring the writing of Bryce Carlson and the debut of Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey. We couldn’t wait to take another Hit!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The next entry in the Harvey Award-nominated series, Hit: 1957, takes us later in the seminal decade of change for the LAPD—familiar faces, new threats, and more sharp, smart noir. Even if you missed out on the first series, if you’re a fan of crime comics like Parker, Criminal, and Tumor, Hit is in your wheelhouse.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

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REGULAR SHOW 2015 MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL (One-shot)

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Shanna Matuszak, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Artists: Derek Charm, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Cover Artists: A. Rian Sygh B. Fellipe Martins (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re huge fans of the antics of Regular Show’s Mordecai, Rigby, and the gang, and Spring felt like the perfect backdrop for our next collection of park mayhem. Plus, this gives us another opportunity to work with an amazing team of creators, from super-talented newcomers to established stars!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Mordecai and Rigby will be getting into all sorts of shenanigans this Spring, and we’re bringing you all sorts of wacky adventures in a range of styles to showcase the madness—March madness, that is.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Spring is in the air, the Earth is reawakened after winter, and hijinks abound at the park! This oversized collection of all-new shorts features the park deep in March Madness, with all sorts of seasonal hijinks afoot. From college basketball to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s nothing sacred for this motley crew.

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GIANT DAYS #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artists: A: Lissa Treiman B: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Zac Gorman (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: John Allison is well known for his funny and intelligent webcomics Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round. His story of three friends at university lightly flavored with the occult features some of the best dialogue in comics, and we couldn’t help but think it’s like Monty Python goes to college. Sign us up!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: John Allison’s daily webcomics are hilarious, the kind of strips where every panel makes you laugh out loud. As a result, John has earned a large, loyal following of readers that have followed his work daily for the past 12 years. This is a series fans of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fawlty Towers, or Gunnerkrigg Court  will not want to miss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends because their dorm rooms were next to each other. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Artists: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Cover Artists: A: David Petersen B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Humberto Ramos (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of David Petersen’s Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Mouse Guard, and what better way to celebrate than with a new collection of short stories centered around a storytelling contest at the local bar, featuring work by some of the best writers and artists in comics paying homage to this beloved all-ages series.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s Mouse Guard as interpreted by some of the most celebrated storytellers in all of comics, including Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon), Ramón K. Pérez (The Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Dustin Nguyen (Batman), and many more!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following two award-nominated volumes, once again, mice of all furs and trades have gathered at the June Alley Inn to swap tales of courage, adventure, and craftsmanship. The storytellers can’t help but try to outdo one another, as the mouse who tells the best tale gets their bar tab cleared. This kick-off issue features stories by Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization).

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HALOGEN #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artists: A: Afu Chan B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Giannis Milonogiannis (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve published four books thus far in Josh Tierney’s Spera series because we simply love his characters and storytelling. Now, he teams up with fellow webcomic creators Afu Chan (Spera) and Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet) for a new creator-owned, sci-fi adventure.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Having first collaborated on the Eisner Award-nominated Spera series, the creative team behind HaloGen is no stranger to kick-butt ladies, epic world-building, and sweeping adventures. This time they’re strapping on their sci-fi boots for a series perfect for fans of Prophet, Rocket Girl, and The Fifth Element.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: There’s a rumor on Cityship Q that the gigantic body of a dead god was found floating in space. Rell, an agent woking for the HaloGen organization, is tasked with finding the location of the god and retrieving it by any means necessary. Using her ability to form hyper-realistic holograms, Rell is about to take on the first mission she might not be able to finish.

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CLUSTER #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists:  A: Damian Couceiro B: Declan Shalvey (Incentive)

Samara and the other prisoners who managed to survive the Pagurani attack on the T-Towers are stranded on the battlefield, but they’ll need to find a way to trust one another before they can hope to find a transport to safety. They just better hope it happens before their Punch clocks hit zero…

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CURB STOMP #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi

Lines have been crossed and The Wrath has kidnapped one of The Fever. Now that Betty has given King Charles the perfect excuse to start a turf war, any old rules and truces have been called off. Machete Betty will have to make a decision—the safety of her town or the life of one of her own?

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BURNING FIELDS #3 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists: A: Colin Lorimer B: Riley Rossmo (Incentive)

Just as Dana learns a secret about Aban that upends the murder investigation, the tensions between the Iraqi populace and the Verge PMC reach a fever pitch, giving the killer a perfect opportunity to strike.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Baretto
Cover Artists:  A: Declan Shalvey 90% B: Riley Rossmo 10% C: John McCrea (Incentive)

As the USPF army comes down on the seceded nation of Florida, Snake is forced to take up arms for the twins. Little does he know that all is going according to plan. With an invasion in full swing, the end game is put into action. Time to ready the nukes.

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ETERNAL #4 (of 4)

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Author: William Harms
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

New Life gave the world eternal life, but now their hold on society is breaking down and chaos will reign. Amidst the turmoil, former New Life agent Rathmann and his ward Violet try to find peace, but what sacrifice will Rathmann have to make for Violet’s future?

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists: A: George Pérez B: George Pérez (Character Spotlight) (Incentive) C: George

Pérez (Pencils Connecting) (Incentive) D: George Pérez (Pencils Connecting) (Incentive)
As the Sirens finally come face-to-face with the forces that imprisoned and scattered them across time, another complication arises: a zombie invasion of Earth!

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: A: Christopher Mitten B: “Salvation” Graffiti Design (Incentive)

As Caesar learns the value of sacrificing a few for the many, Koba will be forced to confront Pope and his militia of apes. On the other side of the world, with his son kidnapped and wife fading with every hour, Malcolm has one chance to make things right before it all comes crashing down around him.

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FICTION SQUAD #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs

As the fabric of reality tears apart, Frankie and Simon must confront  the man responsible as his master plan for dominance threatens storytelling itself. Unfortunately, with an army of characters from every which genre at his disposal and unlimited power at his fingertips, this bad guy isn’t going down without a fight.

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DAY MEN #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Justice by Day has finally arrived as David Reid faces off against Jacob the Burner in a ritualistic battle to the death with the fate of Azalea and the entire Virgo family hanging in the balance. The end is drawing near—will David’s cane join the ranks of fallen Day Men gracing the walls of Virgo Mansion?

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HEXED #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Madame Cymbaline’s actions were designed to force Lucifer to act, but what Lucifer does in response will shock both friend and ally alike as she pushes her powers to their absolute limit in an all-out assault on Graeae Towers.

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ROBOCOP #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragón
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

Killian is a murderous criminal in the eyes of the law but he has gained status among the people of Detroit as their brave new savior. Now they set their sights on RoboCop! Featuring the debut of co-writer Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) and new artist Alejandro Aragón of 28 Days Later!

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DEAD LETTERS #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

After expanding the gang war through the boroughs and into every area of Here, Sam Whistler is faced with a choice: Does he attempt to unite the various factions under the banner to claim Here’s independence, or does he search for God, and with that, perhaps a way back home?

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: A: Brian Churilla B: Tradd Moore (Incentive)

While Egg and Wong battle for Jack’s soul in the streets of Chinatown, Jack must find a way to make secure his own escape and back-stab Lo Pan in the process. When you get stuck in the Hell of No Return and your worst enemy is the only help you got, then you know your name is Jack Burton.

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THE WOODS #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Sanami and the Hunters finally reach the school and see the complete state of chaos that has been spawning since their arrival to the planet. Back at New London, Adrian has finally made his arrival. With the army gone, nothing stands in the way of him and the black stone…

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Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten

Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all.

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EVIL EMPIRE #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

After years of cold war, Reese and Sam finally meet, and Julia is less than pleased. Meanwhile, Kara plays out her balancing act of wrangling information from the EE as a spy for the resistance. But how long can she keep up the act before someone catches onto her facade?

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SONS OF ANARCHY #19

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

New story arc! When Bobby’s estranged nephew rolls into Charming, he seems like a promising Prospect. However, when it comes to the Sons of Anarchy, one mistake is all it takes to fall from grace…and into violence. Featuring the debut of new writer Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp)!

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SUICIDE RISK #23

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With two Earths pitted in direct conflict, Requiem and his daughter Terza must find a way to bury their bloodlust long enough to save the people they’ve come to care for the most: their family.

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists: A: Reimena Yee B: Sarah Dill  (Subscription Cover) C: Jensine Eckwell (Incentive)

Princess Bubblegum might have finally found a way to get Marceline, but that doesn’t mean things are going to get any easier for her. Marceline might be stuck with her new friends on this strange planet, but that doesn’t mean she’s got to like them…or be nice to them and what is up with this place anyway?!

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ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
Cover Artist: Roger Langridge

Abigail and Claude’s adventure comes to an end in this oversized finale! The world’s most lovable Yeti is one boat ride away from making it back home to the Himalayas, but before they can say their goodbyes, Abigail and Claude will have to find a way to outsmart everything the Shadow Men throw their way.

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UNCLE GRANDPA #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Cover Artists: A. Robb Mommaerts B. Kaz (Subscription Cover)

If you are a fan of nonchalant dinosaurs, pizzas donning sunglasses, or mustachioed gentlemen of the world, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Jump into a pool of crazy wild stories that will literally make your head spin. Don’t worry, Uncle Grandpa has a cure for that.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artists:  A. Amber Rogers 90% B. Bridget Underwood 10% C. Helen Yoon (Incentive)

Something crashes off the shore of Beach City and it’s up to Connie to solve the mystery. Determined to prove to Steven that it is probably nothing, she sets out to bring it back to shore with a little help from an unsuspected source. It’s time to believe in Connie!

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Missy Pena
Cover Artists: A. Jenna Ayoub B. Katy Farina (Subscription Cover)

Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Patrick Seery, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Artist: Meredith McClaren, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Cover Artists: A. George Caltsoudas B. Becky Dreistadt (Subscription Cover)

The best part of the morning is the chance to sleep in and ignore the outside world for a few more sweet, sweet hours…unless a PuppyCat forces you out of bed at an unspoken hour to get a temp job. Bee is not having the best day, and things are only going to go sideways for her in these short stories!

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REGULAR SHOW #21

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Ilias Kyriazis (Subscription Cover)

The beginning of a new arc by new writer Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips) and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers! During a marathon of his favorite childhood movies, Rigby begins to remember a movie so awesome, so incredible, so amazingly rad…that it makes no sense that he can’t recall its name! As he journeys into the online nostalgia rabbit hole in search of the truth, one question arises: are some movies meant to be forgotten?

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PEANUTS #26

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

Get your dance shoes on because Pig-Pen is bringing the moves! “Dirty Dancing” and tons more fun, including classic Charles M. Schulz Sunday strips are bursting from the pages of this new issue of Peanuts.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #30

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Ian McGinty B: Rachel Wolfe (Subscription Cover)

It’s the start of an all-new arc as the Bravest Warriors are off to summer camp! The gang has been going to Camp Tribulon for Little Warriors since they were kids, but when they return as counselors, they realize that battling monsters might be nothing compared to supervising a camp of rowdy children.

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GARFIELD #35: HIS 9 LIVES, PART 3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Brittney Williams, Andy Hirsch
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Andy Hirsch (Incentive)

The trip through Garfield’s 9 Lives continues, as Brittney Williams illustrates a tale of Garfield’s adventures as a Golden-Age Superhero in “Super Cat,” while Andy Hirsch brings us the story of Garfield’s days as a Private Eye in “Sam Spayed.”

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ADVENTURE TIME #38

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists: A: Shanti Rittgers B: Mahendra Singh (Subscription Cover) C: Ze Burney (Incentive)

Everyone is hungry, but there isn’t enough food to go around. Things get a little dicey as Finn and Jake try to figure out what is up with their friends, and why does this little witch keep coming back? Glob, she’s really persistent.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #2 (of 8)

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Author: Madéleine Flores
Artist: Madéleine Flores
Cover Artist: Victoria Elliot

The tiny and powerful Great Warrior has begun her quest to kick the ever-living butt out of the enemies of a defenseless little village, and no one saves villagers with style and RADNESS the way Great Warrior does!

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MUNCHKIN #3

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Tom Siddel, Jim Zub
Artist: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh
Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty B: Chris Schweizer

Based on the popular game of the same name, the Munchkin comic gives you a whole new way to enjoy the world with Spyke and Flower. In this issue, check out what it’s like to be a monster whose door just got kicked in by some Munchkins! Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!

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TEEN DOG #7 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

Dudes, prom is coming up. Who do you think Teen Dog is gonna take? And who’s going to be crowned as the ultimate high school couple this year? Meh, who cares—let’s get out on the dance floor and cut a rug.

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LUMBERJANES #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists: A. Carolyn Nowak B. Brittney Williams (Incentive)

Mal and Molly just want to get back to their friends, but things are looking more dire by the minute. It’s going to be a crazy dash through this weird mixed-up world as they try to not only find a working portal, but one that will take them back to camp!

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PLUNDER #2 (of 4)

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Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover Artist: Skuds McKinley

As the band of pirates begins to discover just how horrific the situation is on their new ship, one of the few survivors from the vessel emerges with a possible way out, but it may already be too late…

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FEATHERS #3 (of 6)

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Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Betrayal comes from all sides as Poe’s new friendship with Bianca creates chaos in the Maze, and the pair discover they may have even fewer allies than they thought in their race to the heart of the City.

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ROCKET SALVAGE #4 (of 6)

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Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artist: Bachan

The Rocket family is split! With Zeta training under a mad scientist, Beta working under a local crime lord, and Primo stuck in a Republic of Galaxies prison, it’s going to take more than a big wrench and an apology to get this family back together!

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EVIL EMPIRE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

WHY WE LOVE IT: After Polarity, we were itching to work with writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis again, and his thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire is absolutely terrifying.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the “evil, sinister empire” i.e. the Empire in Star Wars. Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they’re already fully in power and it’s up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in Evil Empire, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? Would we secretly WANT it to happen?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #1-4.

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DEEP STATE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $9.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

WHY WE LOVE IT: You know all those conspiracy theories you hear about? Like how the Jonestown Massacre was a failed MKULTRA experiment by the government, or how Lee Harvey Oswald was trained and brainwashed to be an assassin? Well, what if some of those were true? Deep State is a dream (nightmare?) come true for conspiracy theory nuts like us here at BOOM!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: With Luther Strode, Dead Body Road, and Spread, Justin Jordan has become one of the eminent voices in hard-hitting, intelligent, original comics, and Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine) brings her unique, idiosyncratic style that has made her a breakout talent. If you’re even remotely interested in conspiracy theory stories from comics like Detective Comics and X-Files to films like Enemy of the State and Three Days of the Condor, you’ll be gripped by Deep State!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when they don’t, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret. Collects issues #1-4.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 6 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Jim Rugg, Dustin Nguyen, Jeffrey Brown, Jess Fink, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Luke Pearson

The Candy Kingdom is a ghost town! Finn and Jake finally get to have the ultimate out-of-body experience—LITERALLY. It’s a new day in Ooo when its greatest heroes find themselves wandering the Earth as bewildered ghosts! Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by indie superstar Jim Rugg (Wayward)! Also featuring the all-star comic talent of Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Jess Fink (Kid With Experience), with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh) as they take on the story of Carl the Gem, and the history of Ooo through his eyes. Collects issues #25-29.

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REGULAR SHOW VOL. 3 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: KC Green
Artists: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

It’s not junk! When Benson tries to organize a yard sale, Rigby has trouble letting go of his stuff. But when he becomes possessed by an old forgotten set of Pogs, it’s his stuff that won’t let go of him! Will Mordecai and the crew be able to defeat the vengeful spirit of the ‘90s? It’s nostalgia at its most epic. Collects issues #9-12.

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THE MARCH OF THE CRABS VOL. 1: THE CRABBY CONDITION HC

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Arthur De Pins
Artist: Arthur De Pins
Cover Artist: Arthur de Pins

WHY WE LOVE IT: At Archaia, we love bringing great comics from all over the world to English-speaking audiences, stories they would never get to see otherwise (see The Killer, Okko, Toppi’s The Collector, and others). When we read French title The March of the Crabs by animator Arthur De Pins, we knew right away we had to add it to our list!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Arthur De Pins’ art style is a slick, fun tribute to Art Deco, something rarely seen in comics. The story of a hapless species of crab is an endearing look at one of nature’s cruel jokes, but made light by a humorous presentation with likable characters, reminiscent of films like Ice Age and Finding Nemo.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what does their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

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Preview: Evil Empire #9

Evil Empire #9

Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos

How exactly would an Evil Empire effect pop culture? This one-shot issue of Evil Empire follows the path of a mega celebrity and gives us a glimpse into what sort of counter-culture a society so lost could create. Illustrated by special guest artist Victor Santos (Black Market).

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the massive #30 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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: The Massive #30 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood‘s series wraps up, and the last few issues have been one hell of a twist. Dead calm. Quiet seas. Second chances? The Ninth Wave crew enter a brand-new chapter in Earth’s history.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #9 (Marvel) – Wrapping up Marvel’s so-so event. This is here because who knows how it’ll end and where things go from here.

Copra Round One Vol. 1 (Bergen Comics) – Check out the series all the “cool” kids are talking about. Collected here, cause single issues are hard to come by.

Evil Empire #9 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue is beyond fantastic and usually there’s something we didn’t see coming.

The Graveyard Shift #1 (Image) – It’s Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-style crime-solving as a homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires!

Letter 44 #13 (Oni Press) – Mixing politics and science fiction, this series is awesome.

McBain #1 (Bongo Comics) -Do you watch The Simpsons? That alone should be reason enough to check out this series.

New Avengers #28 (Marvel) -If you want to figure out what’s up with Secret Wars, you better be reading this series. It’s really good too!

Rasputin #3 (Image) – The first two issues of this series has been fascinating, and the art is fantastic.

They’re Not Like Us #1 (Image) – We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.

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