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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Who are the new Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thanos dead and the cosmic Marvel Universe in chaos, who will step up and save the universe? Find out in this new start with a new team!

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 is by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Marte Gracia, and Cory Petit.

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Exclusive Preview: Solar & Super Astro, the latest Luchaverse Comic from Chido Comics

The Masked Republic Luchaverse: Solar & Super Astro – Los Cadetes del Espacio #1

(W) Marco Lopez, Ivan Plaza
(A) Alessandro Micelli, Bryan Magnaye
(CA) Alessandro Micelli, Leo Colapietro
Price: $3.99

At the triumph of a centuries old galactic war, all that was left of the warriors were Solar and Super Astro. They headed off into space to never to be heard from again…or so they thought. After a millennia of intergalactic travels, their ship crashed on Earth. Their powers had vanished and they settled into their new mortal lives. Now, years later, a message from the deepest corner of the universe has interrupted their ordinary lives. A recent accident has released an immense destructive power back into the world, a power that they thought was lost forever. What epic adventure awaits them? Who’s attempting to contact them and how can they save not just our planet, but the universe itself?

The Masked Republic Luchaverse: Solar & Super Astro - Los Cadetes del Espacio #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Blossoms 666

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.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

American Carnage #3 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – An undercover agent dealing with white supremacists, yeah, we’re all in for this series.

The Avant-Guards #1 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – BOOM! has been rocking series the popular genre of manga sports comics with a western spin. This is the latest entry into that and we can’t wait to read it.

Blossoms 666 #1 (Archie Horror/Archie Comics) – Archie’s horror line of comics has been fun and different and this latest entry is one we’ve been waiting to check out since it was announced.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The classic tv show is back in a reboot and we’re beyond intrigued about the new spin.

Freedom Fighters #2 (DC Comics) – Nazi punching, nuff said.

Go-Bots #3 (IDW Publishing) – The first two issues are no joke and much more depth than we expected. Hopefully the third is more of that excellence.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The Guardians get a new volume and a new line up of characters that reminds us of the Abnett and Lanning days of the series.

Naomi #1 (Wonder Comics/DC Comics) – A brand new character debuts in Brian Michael Bendis’ in contunuity Wonder Comics line and we’re very intrigued.

Oliver #1 (Image Comics) – New twists on Oliver Twist seems to be all the rage now but we’re always up to see how someone updates and makes their take unique to a classic like Dickens’ famous orphan.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (Marvel) – Cyclops is back, but how? This promises to answer that question.

Writer Leah Williams: X-Men, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris & “make it queer”

“I write professional fan fiction. We get paid to do it”

Leah Williams is an American writer originally from Oxford, Mississippi. She writes comics for Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and more. Her debut novel was a YA Fantasy book titled The Alchemy of Being Fourteen and she is currently writing its sequel, The Divinity of Hitting Fifteen. Leah has also written nonfiction articles and essays for The Atlantic, Oprah Magazine, and Salon. Visit Leah’s website.

Presenting wisdom on:

  • How fans can most effective say “Make It Gay You Cowards” 
  • Hoarding queer characters for her X-Tremists mini-series
  • Emma Frost’s rules: be ruthless, have tenderness
  • Barbarella/Dejah Thoris is hard scifi with hot queer babes

Exclusive Preview: High Heaven #5 – The Season Finale!

High Heaven #5

(W) Tom Peyer, Austin Wilson (A) Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso (CA) Richard Williams
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Season Finale! The Archangel Gabriel fights to rescue David from heaven, but he’ll have to get through the cruel and powerful St. Peter! Plus, Vice President Pence officiates at a heartbreaking Hashtag: Danger funeral. EXTRA! Bonus illustrated prose stories! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD).

High Heaven #5

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Spider-Verse Passes LEGO Batman

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.618 billion domestically, $4.420 billion internationally, $7.038 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.826 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

The 2019 way of comic based films has launched and already making news. In third place this past weekend was a surprise with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The movie is based on the popular manga which has spun out numerous anime shows and films. The film was close with Aquaman and is expected to beat that film with an estimated earning between $9.3 million and $10.7 million for the weekend. The studio isn’t reporting domestic grosses so this one is definitely estimates. On the lower end, the film will be in fourth place with Aquaman in third. The film opened on Wednesday so is estimated to have earned around $21 million domestically since then. Internationally, the film is in its seventh week and earned an estimated $5.3 million from 18 markets for an international total of $65.8 million for a worldwide total of $87 million. An anime film debuting in the top five is big news and kicks off the year nicely.

Aquaman earned an estimated $10.3 million domestically this past weekend to bring that total to $304.3 million. It also added $14.3 million from 79 international markets to bring that total to $759.1 million internationally. Worldwide the film has earned $1.06 billion and will likely pass The Dark Knight Rises to become to the top grossing DC Comics adaptation worldwide.

Interestingly, the film is the third lowest (really the middle of the pack out of six films) DC Cinematic film so far beating just Justice League and Man of Steel. There’s a chance it will beat both Suicide Squad and Dawn of Justice domestically when its done in the theater. The film is first when it comes to international earnings by over $200 million. That’s the difference. It’s also rather average when it comes to the budget for those films.

Rounding out the top five this past weekend was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which had a small drop of 19.8% from the previous weekend and earned $7.25 million for the three day and around $9 million for the for day. The domestic total is $158.3 million. Internationally the film added $4.7 million to bring that total to $164.6 million for a worldwide total of $322.9 million. The film passed last year’s animated release LEGO Batman for worldwide earnings.

This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $50,000 domestically and $60,000 internationally over the week. The film now stands at $213.5 million domestically and $642.3 internationally for a worldwide total of $855.8 million.

The film also shows that budget isn’t everything. It has the best return in multiplier when it comes to budget for a comic film of 2018, so far. With 8.56x it beats Avengers: Infinity War‘s 6.83x and 6.73x for Black Panther.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which previously earned on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. The film is likely to be the second or third worst performing Spider-Man related film domestically for Sony but first currently internationally. The difference is the budget is almost half the other films allowing for a healthy profit. The film is leaning heavily on the international market where it has earned 75.07% of its earnings compared to 62.65% for other Spider-Man films.

Deadpool 2 will soon be opening in China which will give the film a nice boost. It’s still bringing in money as is adding about $12,000 to its domestic total and $230,000 to its international total. Those amounts are being added to the original film, Deadpool 2‘s, earnings. Deadpool 2 has earned $324.6 million domestically, $419.3 internationally, and $743.9 million worldwide.

Avengers: Infinity War saw an adjustment for its international earnings bringing that total down by about $300,000.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.618 billion
Total International Gross: $4.420 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.038 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.826 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $261.8 million
Average International Gross: $442.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $703.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $571.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Review: Jose Rizal Vol. 1

Jose Rizal Vol. 1

What does the title “national hero” mean to most people and does that title mean that person is also a patriot? Here in America was bestowed on our Founding Fathers who started the American Revolution. In time, we have given it Americans throughout history who have shown bravery protecting our ideals. History often teaches us what makes one a radical and one a revolutionary is most often time.

The Founding Fathers could have been viewed quite differently by history and their actions could be looked at as treason. The faith these men and women had in their sense of patriotism, is what formed our national identity. Revolutions usually take faith and courage and for some the ultimate sacrifice. In one of the first ever English told stories about one of the Philippines national heroes Takahiro Matsui and Ryo Konno’s Jose Rizal, we get a glimpse of who the man was before he became the martyr the country has come to know.

We meet Jose Rizal, on the day of his execution, as a physician is examining him, he demands that he face, his accusers and the people he loves and represents. We are taken back to when he was a young man, growing as the youngest boy with 11 other siblings, where his family lived under a cruel Spanish monarchy which often took advantage of its dominion in the Philippines and arrested her mother for defiance.  We witness her walk of shame as her equal treatment between the natives, who they refer to as “Indios” and the Spaniards, becomes a sticking point for why she becomes vilified. The Governor of his “province, General Izquierdo, ruled with an iron fist, but with the influence by Jose’s sister, Soledad, had convinced him to set free their mother, Teodora, after two years of imprisonment. By issue’s end, these events sparked a fire in Jose’s mind state, one that would make him a revolutionary and national hero.

Overall, the manga is a beautifully rendered and skillfully told story about one of the world’s best representations of fighting injustice. The story by Matsui is emotional, melancholy, and inspiring. The art by Konno is gorgeous. Altogether, a book that feels like an epic saga more than a history lesson, which makes it so compelling.

Story: Takahiro Matsui Art: Ryo Konno
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem's Legendary Theater

Growing up n New York, its is not lost on me the mythical status that the city has on the world. As my time in the military showed me, no matter what country you are in everyone has heard of New York City. I would smile with glee while my friends would usually roll their eyes in hate and envy. I remembered growing up and seeing tourists from every part of the country and every part of the world come to see our majestic skyscrapers and the glory of the Statue of Liberty. Then there are the landmarks which inhabits the city’s greatest gift, its people.

I still have fond memories of going to Mets games with my cousins at the old Shea Stadium and how we used to catch the 7 train all over Queens. Then there are the iconic spots like Madison Square Garden, which Michael Jordan called “his favorite place to play.” Which brings me to one would consider the mecca of music in New York, the legendary Apollo Theater. In Ted Fox and James Otis Smith’s Showtime At The Apollo, they bring this iconic hall to life in this larger-than-life history.

We meet the author as he begins his research, as the theater gets closed in 1976, he unearths its history in a bunch of boxes that were about to be thrown away. As we see how Harlem became the place where most people made their bones, as Jazz took its roots in this part of city and Comedians made their names in clubs throughout , but they knew they really made it, if they could make the audiences laugh at the Apollo. As we also meet the Schiffmans, the family that owned and ran the theater, and how they made the theater the one place every black entertainer wanted to be. We also meet one of the icons that made the theater the place it is, Sandman Sims, as he was part of creating the Amateur Night, something that would be replicated in similar places. As Ted Fox, takes us on a journey, decade by decade, of how the time and culture shaped the theater and how its appealed to the masses every single time. By book’s end, we see that through the trials and tribulations, changes of ownership, world events and the people who were the theater’s patrons, that the Apollo persevered.

Overall, the graphic novel is engaging and gives readers a deep dive not only into the Apollo’s history but also Harlem’s. The story by Fox is fascinating, and significant. The art by Smith is breathtaking. Altogether, an excellent history of one of the world’s utmost auditoriums, one that everyone should visit at least once.

Story: Ted Fox Art: James Otis Smith
Story: 10 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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