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The Walking Dead S7E1 The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be Review

walking-dead-5 photoAs the members of the group remain helpless, Negan takes action that will forever haunt those who survive.r.

The Walking Dead‘ seventh season debut may be one of the most anticipated season debuts of any show. The sixth season ended with Negan figuring out who will be the one that’ll receive the end of Lucille. The seventh kicks off with Rick swearing he’ll kill Negan as blood sits on his face.

Much like the summer, the episode is all about the build up to what amounts to be a brutal 10 minute span as we find out the victims of Negan’s “justice.”

20 minutes. That’s how long we have to wait to find out who is on the other end of Lucille and it can only be described as brutal and excessive. I remember first reading The Walking Dead #100 and the scene in that comic was so over the top it had me contemplating giving up reading the comic series. What’s portrayed on screen is excessive with an amount of gore that’s kind of shocking to see on television that’s not paid premium channels. It had my stomach churning at the brutality.

What’s impressive is we all knew what was going to happen this episode yet the writers are able to stretch things out and leave us guessing as to what happens next. Death after death as Rick in shock reflects on what his decisions has lead to.

But, what’s interesting is it’s not until almost the one hour mark that we get our main cast talking to each other. For almost the entire hour we’ve had what amounts to a soliloquy by Jeffrey Dean Morgan who channels Negan with a fury and messed up charm that makes it all gripping.

But, even though it’s gripping, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing.

I don’t know what it is about the episode. I was enthralled to see who was killed, but when that moment comes and goes it feels empty. Shock for shock’s sake. It’s not until the final minutes of the show the real emotion hits as Maggie, Rick, and the rest of the survivors begin to talk and react to what’s happened. And in that moment it shows off the heart of the sow. It’s not about the shock. It’s not about grossness. It’s about these characters and their relationships. It’s about the humans of this world and how they survive through it all.

The episode wasn’t quite the tour de force that I was hoping for, but it’s a hell of a start that sets the seventh season off on one hell of a journey.

Overall rating: 7.95

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency S1E1 Horizons Review


I hadn’t heard of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency until New York Comic Con. While waiting in line for something else, I looked into it on my phone and was instantly intrigued. I marked my calendar and looked forward to checking it out, especially after I talked to some of my friends who were fans of the book.

The opening scenes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency sets the tone for the show perfectly. If you’ve come for a serious, moody, dark show then you’ve come to the wrong place. The first five minutes of the show gives anyone who was curious a chance to get out or get sucked in as it lays out what you can expect ahead. If you’re like me and settled in for the full ride, you were in for a treat.

Although the title implies that this is going to be an adaptation of the Dirk Gently books, you realize pretty early on that while some of the elements of the original story remain intact mostly the show is its own thing. The books center more on Dirk but, this new series seems to add an extra person into the mix. Todd, a new character amazingly portrayed by Elijah Wood, is a nice transitional character who often acts as an observer and unwilling accomplice/assistant to Dirk.

downloadThe first episode of this hilarious series focuses mostly on Todd and his horrible, very bad day. In a matter of 24 hours he’s had his car destroyed by his landlord over stolen rent money, gets fired from his job after finding a gruesome crime scene, had Dirk break into his apartment and get into a slap boxing fight with him, travel to his sick sister’s to cheer her up and jam with her before she has a pain attack, be attacked by a gang of thugs, almost gets shot on multiple occasions and almost gets arrested, TWICE. Things do turn around in the very end of the episode when he starts to believe some of Dirks mumbo jumbo thanks to a found dog and a winning lottery ticket

download-1The rest of the  characters in this aren’t exactly living a normal life either. We get introduced to Ken, who is dragged along on what can only be considered a murderous rampage with Bart, a Holistic Assassin, two cops who seem to turn up whenever Todd is in the vicinity of a murder scene and, a couple of supernatural hunting FBI agents.

The writing in the show is clever and hilarious. As someone who hasn’t made it through an entire book in this series, I found it easy to follow and hella interesting. Even the supporting characters were complex enough to warrant notice, which is helped by the amazing acting. The visuals also impress from the darkness to the red overtones in the murder room.

dirkken-800x450-1475865696210_largeOverall,  I found the premiere episode pretty darn interesting, they managed to mix murder, mayhem, and humor in a way that I haven’t seen since Dexter and I’m looking forward to not only finally finishing the books but seeing more episodes and finding out where the show will take us. I’m fully prepared to strap in for the ride because wherever this show goes, it’s going to be fun. Things are pretty heavy and dark all over but, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency might just be the light, fun diversion we’ve been waiting for

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TV Review: Luke Cage Season 1

luke-cage-2As far back as I can remember, I have been reading comic books, any and every comic book from both DC and Marvel, and very few heroes resonated with me. I was never a fan of Spider-Man, even though I’m also from Queens. His adventures never felt personal to me. I loved Batman growing up but at times he seemed far too eccentric to identify with. Then my Dad introduced me to Luke Cage.

The very first issue I read, just so happened to be my Dad’s copy of his #1, the seminal one that has been on dozens of prints and t-shirts It was as if this ordinary guy, much like the men in my family, my dad , my uncles and my grandfathers, acted like him, and held the same sepia tones that runs in my family. After that first issue, I was all over every issue, I can find of Luke Cage, even picking up Luke Cage and Iron Fist issues. Eventually I moved away from reading Luke Cage, and got into war comics, like Sergeant Rock and Unknown Soldier.

luke-cage-3Fast forward years later, where my love affair with comics had been reignited, and I found the Marvel Noir series, where they introduced a crime noir version of the character, “Sweet Christmas,” I was back in it with Power Man. Unfortunately, until recently, the character was not given enough love to sustain an ongoing series , except for a few failed attempts. So when news came that Netflix was starting a series based on a few more mature superheroes, I was excited to learn that they were going to include Luke Cage, I knew they had to do it right. As the history of black superheroes, including Blade on television, is a very short history, and if there is any hope for the world to see for diverse characters, this show had to work.

When they introduced the character in Jessica Jones, the actor portraying him was pretty much what I expected him to look like, as the only other actor who could play him was Terry Crews, but his resume seemed more astute to comedy, than Mike Colter, whose resume includes Halo and The Good Wife. I knew that they were going the right direction, as they not only picked the right actor, but they also picked a showrunner with a hip-hop pedigree, Mr. Cheo Hodari Coker, (who used to write for The Source and Vibe magazines).

As he said in an interview “this was the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe,” and this creative team made no qualms about that, starting off with each episode title, as they are named after a Gangstarr song, as each episode fell right in with Guru’s lyrics. Then there are subtle Biggie references throughout the series topped off with the iconic painting of the rapper that hangs in Cottonmouth’s office in Harlem’s Paradise. The music sounds like it came from a 1970s score, as Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest weaves funky beds of rhythms and silky voices courtesy of Jidenna and Faith Evans, that prove that Marvel properties can have music you would want to listen to. Can anyone name a movie soundtrack from the MCU, in which was as memorable and enjoyable to listen to?


Another important piece is how the series portrays both Asians and Black women. Miss Connie and her husband Jin are portrayed very realistically and nowhere near stereotypical. As was pointed out in the recent Hamilton documentary by Lin Manuel Miranda’s father that “most immigrants , and all immigrants he met, were hard workers,” and I can say this for myself, as my father and my mother were immigrants as well, and I never heard them complain. The two character’s portrayals were very true to the experience, much like Netflix’s Master of None’s second episode, “Parents,” where they explored the connection and the gap between 1st generation Americans and 1st generation Asian Americans, (incidentally, the same actor, Clem Cheung who played Jin, also played one of the parents).


Now the portrayal of women within this series, is by far eye opening for a TV show. I’m pretty sure this one either came close to or pretty much did pass the Bechdel Test. Let us start with Misty Knight, as her character is to say very least complex and actually not like most female detectives on television, she is focused, strong and always on the job, and despite her one night stand with Luke, it does not affect her decision making nor veers her away from her integrity, diffusing the usually false trope of “a woman makes decisions emotionally,” and the character actually is more like the junkyard dog detectives of the 1970s, much like Popeye Doyle, from The French Connection.

luke-cage-6Then there is Clare Temple, as with each new series from Marvel on Netflix, her character becomes more developed, and we learn more about her, as her introductory scene shows her beating up a robber and showing an actually positive relationship between her and her mother played by Sonia Braga. We also find out how brilliant she is, as she assists Dr. Burstein, in removing the Judas bullets from Luke’s body in later episodes. Then there is Mariah, known to comic book fans, as Black Mariah, thank goodness they went the total opposite form the cartoonish version they have in the comics. This version is much more developed, lucid, and more sinister than the comic book version. The character that pretty much made Mariah and Cottonmouth, Mama Mable played masterfully by Latanya Richardson-Jackson, looms large over the series, as you not only understand how these characters came to be but what dreams they deferred on their way to becoming who they are.


My favorite scene out of the whole series, is when Mariah and the mother of a young boy who gets beat up by a detective while under police custody while he was being investigated about Luke’s whereabouts, who just so happens to go to night school to become a lawyer, confronts Misty and her female captain, about the incident, never mind that you have four women in a scene alone together, but each were portraying a strong black woman, with a job and goals, as portrayals like these are few and far between, truly a treasure of a scene.

luke-cage-8Now let me talk about the big bad guys, each of them a strong change from the comic book portrayal, not only by look but also character motivation. There’s Shades, who is totally different from his comic book incarnation. In the comics his shades actually become a weapon, much like Cyclops. Instead, in this portrayal he’s named that because of his affinity to wearing sunglasses. But he’s just as insidious as his comic book portrayal and proves to be the kingmaker before the season ends. Now, the one character, which occupies the role of nemesis for much of the season is Cottonmouth, who doesn’t have razorsharp teeth, but is ruthless, and rules Harlem with an iron fist, he reminds me of Nucky from Boardwalk Empire, got his hand in everything, steal power from his mentor (Pops) and has no hesitation to kill or mame anyone who gets in his way. Lastly, there is Diamondback, who is probably the most complex of the three as the underlying truth of his and Luke’s connections are the bane of his ill will towards him and his youthful indiscretion, of a prior betrayal. When he enters the series no one would ever think that he knew Luke prior to this confrontation (unless you read the comics). When they delve into their backstory is the exact moment, I found myself forgetting that this was a Netflix Marvel story, and saw it purely as a story, a damn good one, at that. The truth that they are blood brothers, prove to be too much for Luke. There’s also the experiential weapon that Diamondback wields as he carries a Bible just like he carries a gun. When Luke finally connects it all, the viewer gets a glimpse of how the two men saw the same scenes differently, and although Luke was considered the legitimate son, he assures Diamondback he was treated not so well himself. This level of story development would never have been seen on network TV, that is why Netflix’s flexibility is what makes this series so astonishingly good.


With the advent and introduction of shows like Empire, and Black-ish, America has gotten a more well developed view of what Black Americans must face every day. But until shows like Atlanta, Queen Sugar, and Luke Cage, we now get to see some of Black America’s realities explored. Luke Cage, does not shy away from the issues from police brutality to stop and frisk, America gets to see just how those without privilege actually get treated, even if you have superpowers. This ended up creating a movement within the TV show which culminates with Method Man talking about how Luke Cage saved him and creates a folk hero rap song “Bulletproof Love” telling the world and the streets that everyone has Luke Cage’s back. This amount of love for a character has not been seen in the Marvel Universe, in the movies or television, in fact it is mostly venom that’s aimed out the “heroes.” Luke’s universe, like the rest of the Netflix shows, does not involve the bigger stages we see in the films, instead it just focuses on Harlem. That focused setting helps makes the series the best so far.

I did not want to end this review, without talking about the relationship of Luke and Pops. This by far is the most positive relationship of the whole series and is definitely a form of a father-son relationship. Pops’ wisdom and emotional intelligence only makes Luke a better man, and as his stance as “Switzerland” of Harlem is upended, that’s the point where Luke actually becomes the hero in his journey. We see Luke evolve as he cannot stay out of any wrongdoing anymore. Overall, it’s probably one of the best portrayals of a positive male relationship in a while.


I often describe the series to friends since I binge watched it as “The Wire meets Barbershop,” which is the snapshot description, but not for the reasons most would think. I think it’s like The Wire, as it digs into the ills of society, and shows the world that not everything nor its inhabitants are black and white. It is like Barbershop because of the many issues that are discussed and how it shows what people would do when their backs are against the wall. Overall, it exceeds both of these, and more than sets the example for other comic book based series, that one does not need to appease to a wide appeal.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/22

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Batman #9 (DC) Now that Night Of The Monster Men is over, I’m glad we get to the story black-hammerthat was hinted at toward the end of I Am Gotham, even if the first issue was a little less memorable than I’d have liked. Not a bad issue, but it doesn’t quite reach great status. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Black  Hammer #4 (Dark Horse) This is quite possibly one of the best series that Jeff Lemire is currently writing. It is just fantastic story about former superheroes somehow stranded in a place not of their choosing, with varying degrees of acceptance. How, or why they’re there hasn’t been revealed, but the buildup is fantastic. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Deadpool: Too Soon #1 (Marvel) I’m not typically a fan of Deadpool unless he’s not the main draw of a book (Uncanny X-Force still has some of the best Deadpool moments for my money), and while this comic was enjoyable, it didn’t really make me laugh. It was just… okay. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read


Black Hammer #4 (Dark Horse Comics) – You know you’re a good writer when you intentionally give your characters silly names like Abe Slamkowski and Punch Socklingham and the story still works. Lemire has been doing an awesome job on this book, and it’s one of my favorites to read each month. Ormston and Stewart on art and infamous_iron_man_1_ribic_variantcolors also do a great job of making this book feel like a long lost comic we found. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Infamous Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – Victor Von Doom is Iron Man. I have to say it again to believe it. I have been excited for this premise for awhile, and not just because he looks like Bruce Springsteen now, but because Victor Von Doom is Iron Man! I enjoyed this first issue quite a bit. Bendis does his best work with solo books and this another quality title. I have no idea where this book is going and it teased or revealed some pretty big things going forward with Civil War II. Since that book was delayed this book seems to give us an answer on what happened to Tony. We get some fun moments of Victor as Doctor Doom, and then we see him in his awesome green Iron Doom suit. I am very excited to see where this goes. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #9 (DC Comics) – We are done with “Night Of The Monster Men”, and now we get back to a more focused story with “I Am Suicide”. I really enjoyed this issue, and I love what Tom King has been doing on this title. More Bane is always a good thing, and this book is about Batman planning to stop him, Psycho Pirate, and also help Gotham Girl at all costs. Seeing Batman get desperate and work on setting up a team with some bad people was a lot of fun. I am very hopeful for this arc, and I love all of the minor characters this and Snyder’s All-Star Batman are bringing back. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Weird Detective #5 (Dark Horse)**: Fred Van Lente and Guiu Villanova serve up a nice conclusion to their fun and creepy Lovecraftian five-parter that wraps up all major plotlines in a highly satisfactory manner while leaving things open for a potential sequel that I hope happens sooner rather than later. Great art, snappy dialogue, and a really nice weird-detective-5mix of humor and horror on offer here, as was the case with all the previous installments. Definitely grab this in trade if you’ve missed out on the singles. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

Dark Knight III : The Master Race #6 (DC)** : A particularly lousy and sloppy book, even by this wretched series’ ever-declining standards. Lazily written by Brian Azzarello, terribly illustrated by Andy Kubert, and just plain lame, most of this issue is taken up with a boring fight that ends with Batman “dying” one. More. Fucking. Time. It’s poor value for money, too, as the comic’s page count runs short and we get a bunch of black-and-white filler material in back. How is it that this thing shipped two or three months late? Completely worthless. Overall: 0. Recommendation: Pass

Infamous Iron Man #1 (Marvel)** : A decidedly weak introduction to a series that has nothing going for it other than a gimmick premise. Brian Michael Bendis provides nothing by way of motivation as to why Doctor Doom decides to assume the mantle of Iron Man, and Diablo is one lame villain who is dispatched easily. Might be more interesting for what it represents — a back-door reintroduction of the Fantastic Four — than anything it actually does. Alex Maleev’s art is nowhere near up to his usual standard, either. Overall: 2. Recommendation: Pass.

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1 (DC/Young Animal)**: Another strong introductory issue from Gerard Way’s eclectic new line of “art comics” in which Way and Jon Rivera provide a great set-up not only for the title character, but for an eclectic supporting cast, as well, that includes Will Magnus and the Metal Men, a race of underground dwellers, a semi-estranged daughter, and — Wild Dog? All kinds of fun with superb art from Michael Avon Oeming and a truly bizarre (in a good way) backup strip from Tom Scioli starring Zann and Jana, the Wonder Twins. Overall: 8.5. Recommendation: Buy.


Deadpool: Too Soon#1 (Marvel): What happens when you get the Merc with a Mouth in a room with some of the Marvel Universe ‘s most interesting characters? Let us just say it is more like a twisted banal version of Clue. In this series, a villain that goes by the name of the Forbush Man dies , leaving his death a mystery. Deadpool and Squirrel Girl, begin their quest to solve it but instead finds themselves quite”intertwined “. Overall, Deadpool’s trademark wit is what makes this series so funny and leaves you wondering what other debacles he will get himself into. Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: Raven #2

raven_cv2Raven is “adjusting” to life in San Francisco with her Aunt Alice but, her dreams are keeping her awake at night. Some force beyond her control keeps trying to  pull her from her body. In the last issue she settled into her new human life away from Azar but, in Raven #2 she finds out that even if you run from the supernatural it can find you. The problem is that she doesn’t know what she’s facing but, whatever it is it can take people and pull her from her body.

Mary Wolfman is a story telling supernova! The story, the dialogue, even the exposition spins a web that draws the reader into the story and makes it impossible to put this issue down. Even the day to day activities of Raven as she navigates through high school, seem so real that you find yourself invested. Despite the little bit of time that we get to spend with Raven’s new friends, we feel invested in their safety and care as much as Raven does when Antt gets called into the void. Wolfman does a great job with the characters and does a great job by her readers by giving them something entertaining and deep to read.

Alison Borges‘ artwork is beautiful, precise, smart and evokes just as much emotion as the story itself. The attention to detail sucks the reader in and adds to the investment that you feel while reading and engaging with this gripping story. You can feel the powers being used , the color palette always matches what’s going on in the story. It’s dark and mystical when it needs to be and bright, airy and fun when it needs to be.

Overall Raven #2 is worthy of applause, praise and maybe a few rereads. Issue #2 is great as a stand-alone issue and as part of the larger arc. I loved reading it now and I can’t wait until this arc is over so that I can have it in TP form and absorb the awesomeness by reading the story as a whole.

Story: Mary Wolfman Art: Alison Borges
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.5 Overall:9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Widow #7

black-widow-7-coverIn Black Widow #7 written by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid, now that Natasha knows the Weeping Lion’s secret, she’s in control of his very particular set of skills. Natasha plans to use him to destroy the Red Room’s reincarnation, the Dark Room. But she’ll have to face Recluse, the daughter of the Red Room’s headmistress, who’s fixated on killing Natasha to prove her worth.

In this issue Samnee and Waid’s writing is pretty good, especially when they stick to telling the story and stay away from the geek club references. The story can sell itself and the pop culture references often seem out of place and jolt the reader from the story at hand. When they stick to the story they’ve got something great going for them.

Chris Samnee also provided the artwork for this issue which means that the art and story match up perfectly and there is a sense of oneness with the direction of this part of the arc. There is a nice little separation in the styles used with the flashback sequence using a more old school graphic style and the present panels are more stylized making the switch between time periods easy to recognize.

Overall this is issue is a nicely put together issue but, it has some cohesiveness problems at points. It’s not a bad issue and serves as a nice placeholder to fill in story blanks & move the story arc as a whole along.There was unfortunately not enough meat or Natasha to make it a real

There was unfortunately not enough meat or Natasha to make it a real page-turner but, I still hold out hope for the next issue because the arc must go on.

Story: Chris Samnee and Mark Waid Art: Chris Samnee
Story: 8.4 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Deadpool: Too Soon? #1

deadpool-too-soon-1-coverDeadpool: Too Soon? #1 is insane in the best possible way from the first panel to the last. This issue showcases everything you love about the Merc with a Mouth. If this is your first foray into the world of Deadpool it’s a good start and you won’t be disappointed. Issue #1 of this arc treats us to more guest stars than you can shake a katana at and while Squirrel Girl, The Punisher, Spider-Ham, Howard the Duck, Ant-Man, Forbush Man, and Rocket & Groot seem like they wouldn’t be in the same comic book, in any part of the multiverse or on any timeline, it seems to work.

Deadpool, aka “the reason you’re reading this comic book” and Shiklah join together an elite (or as Deadpool puts it, the funniest) team of superheroes for a super secret mission. Someone has murdered the Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting some of the Marvel Universe’s funniest heroes for death? That’s certainly what Deadpool thinks – and he’s gathered a number of characters in a spooky old mansion (naturally) to help crack the case. Good thing Deadpool is known for his world-renowned investigative skills! But as more bodies start turning up, can these heroes solve the mystery before their goose is cooked?

Joshua Corin‘s writing is on point and is in line with the Deadpool brand. It’s quick and clever and I loved every word of it. Corin takes some of the most humorous , and one of the most deadly, characters in the Marvel universe and gives the readers something to laugh about. Even though the content is hella dark the delivery feels natural & unforced. The dialogue and interaction are exactly what you would want them to be in a mash up involving such a motley crew. No on acts out of character and it all seems extraordinarily natural and organic. Corin gives the readers a quick, page-turning read and the only problem I had with it is that it was over too soon.

Todd Nauck‘s artwork is on point, the detail is amazing and we get some pretty cool retro panels in The Avengers super secret underground lair. We are treated to art that looks like it’s moving and allows the reader to get caught up in the action. Not a frame is wasted and it feels more like a TV show or a movie than like a comic book and that’s not a bad thing. The visuals are on point with and, keep up with the sharp dialogue that Corin provides.

Overall this issue was everything I wanted and more than I expected. It was a nice call back to the comic books of my youth and reminded me of what I loved about comic books as a kid. It was cohesive, smart, well written., expertly drawn and a perfect start to a story arc. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out and if it keeps ending on such hard and enticing twists. I am totally in for the long haul and you should be too.

Story: Joshua Corin Art: Todd Nauck Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Story:9.1 Art:8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Unboxing: Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool

The next release for WizkidsDice Masters is a set based on Marvel’s Deadpool!

Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool not only features characters from the world of Deadpool, but also Weapon X, X-Men, and more. It also features the debut of Inhumans!

Also included in this set are foil cards!

We crack open 10 booster packs to show off what’s inside and you can expect. The set is out November 2016.

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Review: Lucifer # 11

lucf_cv11Holly Black does not disappoint in this issue of Lucifer. In Lucifer #11 this is the point of no return: God’s scheme to strip angels and demons alike of free will is in full effect, and all worlds are on edge as his new soldiers begin to rebuild the Silver City. Lucifer, Gabriel and Mazikeen have located Elaine Belloc, but the reunion doesn’t go as planned. As the battle brews and Elaine’s alliance becomes uncertain, the outcome of Lucifer’s inevitable showdown with God becomes more unpredictable than ever before.

The writing by Black in this issue is amazing. It’s a page turner that in some ways stirs up some philosophical and moral ideas in the reader. Lucifer has always been a smart read that calls to the reader to create their own moral scale in their exploration of the work. Black takes all the things I love about the series and turns the dial up to 11. There is not one wasted word, thought, panel or idea in the whole issue. Every word serves a purpose and aids in moving the story along.

Lee Garbett‘s artwork adds to the story and works in perfect synergy with Holly’s words making  it just as much a part of the story as the characters themselves. There’s this nice little two-page kiddie style drawn “flashback” that blends perfectly with the rest of the art and the story itself in its perfect crudeness.

Overall, this was an amazing issue. It kept up with the momentum of the previous issues and builds up some hype for the issues to come. Between the story and the art you feel invested in  how things turn out and you find yourself not only wanting more but, needing more. I found this issue to be a great, enjoyable read and it’s definitely worth your time.

Story: Holly Black Art: Lee Garbett
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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