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Review: The Sculptor

The Sculptor

David Smith is giving hi life for his art-literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought. And discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier.

When it was originally released over seven years ago,  Scott McCloud‘s The Sculptor was an instant classic and utter masterpiece. Released again in a new oversized edition, the graphic novel is still an amazing read that reflects on life, love, creativity, and death. The writing is almost poetic, and if you you’re not choked up by the end you have no heart.

With The Sculptor its clear McCloud has something important to say, and the story comes from his heart and personal experiences. From front to end, it reads like an intimate work.

The graphic novel is about realizing a dream, but also living life to the fullest. David is so focused on becoming a world famous sculptor, he overlooks the joy that’s in front of him during his final days on Earth. His choice is to decide how to leave a legacy, and it’s only too late before he realizes that fame might not be the right way to go about that.

The Sculptor is about obsession, and being too focused on something. I guarantee though, that once you pick up the graphic novel, you’ll quickly become obsessed with it, and not want to pick it down. While the graphic novel might be thick, it’s a breezy read, that’s beautiful art, a beautiful story, and continues to be a stand out graphic novel. It’s been so long since I’ve read the original release, it’s hard to say if the new oversized edition really adds much, but it’s a perfect opportunity to discover a modern classic

Story and Art: Scott McCloud
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Weekly Preview! AfterShock, First Second, Little Brown, and More! It’s a Busy Week

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Campisi #4 (AfterShock)
  • Creep Case Files Margo Maloo Vol. 3 Tangled Web (First Second)
  • Cross to Bear #2 (AfterShock)
  • Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections (First Second)
  • The Golden Age Book 2 (First Second)
  • Passport (Little Brown and Company)
  • Search for Hu #3 (AfterShock)
  • Serial #8 (Abstract Studio)

AfterShock, First Second, and Little Brown and Company, provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Weekly Preview! AfterShock, First Second, Valiant, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Beyond the Breach #4 (AfterShock)
  • Clans of Belari #4 (AfterShock)
  • Horse Trouble (First Second)
  • Marshmellow & Jordan (First Second)
  • Shadowman (Valiant)
  • Why is Everybody Yelling? (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

AfterShock, First Second, Valiant, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Review: Science Comics: Whales

Dive under the water and learn about the world of whales! This graphic novel is packed with information and you’ll absolutely come away with having learned a lot and be entertained.

It’s a great place to start for those that want to learn about whales and their world.

Story: Casey Zakroff
Art: Pat Lewis

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (hardback)
Kindle
Bookshop
TFAW (paperback)
TFAW (hardback)


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Mazebook #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: The Imposter #1 (DC Comics) – It’s early on in Batman’s career and there’s a second Batman on the rooftops and this one has no problem with murdering criminals.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – We still can’t believe this is finally out and we have a review copy. It feels like forever.

Deadbox #2 (Vault Comics) – Mark Russell is a brilliant satirist and this series is no exception.

I Am Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Jace Fox has been an interesting new Batman and write John Ridley has focused on delivering motivation and depth to the character along with a style of crime fighting that makes the character stand out.

Kang the Conqueror #3 (Marvel) – This is your life Kang! The series has been putting together the rather complicated history of Kang and giving us some interesting new insight into the character.

Mazebook #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – A heavy read focused on a father who has lost his daughter. The first issue was a punch to the gut and we’re expecting much of the same.

No One Left to Fight II #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kung-fu over-the-top action.

Science Comics: Whales (First Second) – Always fun. Always education. Great for parents and kids alike!

Star Trek: Mirror War #1 (IDW Publishing) – We’re always up for a trip into Star Trek’s Mirror Universe.

Telepaths #2 (AWA Studios) – The first issue was a nice setup of a world where a large portion gains telepathic powers. What that means for the world seems to be the exploration of the series and we’re intrigued by the concept.

Weekly Preview! Stardust and Science Comics!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • The Art of Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess’ Stardust (Titan Comics)
  • Science Comics: Whales (First Second)

First Second and Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Review: Investigators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.

Brash is in a coma so Mango must team with RoboBrash and as S.U.I.T.’s top agents, they’ll be the first team to try out P.A.N.T.S. in the field!

Story: John Patrick Green
Art: John Patrick Green
Color: Wes Dzioba

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Bookshop


First Second Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: Other Boys

Damian isn’t like the other boys. Can he survive the seventh grade? A very touching graphic novel based on the real life of its creator.

Story: Damian Alexander
Art: Damian Alexander

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (hardcover)
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW
Bookshop


First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Weekly Preview! Two Releases from AfterShock and new Graphic Novel from First Second

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Babyteeth #20 (AfterShock)
  • Bunny Mask #4 (AfterShock)
  • The Other Boys (First Second)

There’ll also be a lot from Scout Comics and more!


AfterShock and First Second provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Early Review: Julia’s House Goes Home

We’re joined by the Graphic Progeny herself to review Julia’s House Goes Home, the latest in the picture book series by Ben Hatke.

Julia’s flying house has come down to earth…and sprouted legs! Now it roams the landscape looking for the perfect spot to settle down. But, as Julia and the house travel to the perfect spot, the house trips and Julia and her monster friends are scattered from each other.

Story: Ben Hatke
Art: Ben Hatke

Get your copy! The book comes to shops September 28th.

To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Bookshop


First Second Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

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