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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

Review: Maker Comics: Conduct a Science Experiment!

Reed’s mom is about to leave on a summer trip, so she calls in Reed’s older sister to help him with his science grades! It’s a week of hands-on experiments!

Story: Der-shing Helmer
Art: Andrea Bell

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)
Bookshop


First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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First Second Acquires the InvestiGators Spin-Off Series and Books 6-8 of the Main Series

Investigators

Calista Brill at First Second has acquired the InvestiGators spin-off Agents of S.U.I.T., a middle-grade graphic novel series co-written by John Patrick Green and Christopher Hastings, and illustrated by Pat Lewis. The series follows the global shenanigans of other S.U.I.T. agents from the pages of InvestiGators.

Additionally, Calista Brill at First Second has acquired three more InvestiGators books, marking the sixth, seventh, and eighth installments in the main series:

In InvestiGators: Heist and Seek (volume 6, on sale September 27, 2022), when rare paintings go missing, the InvestiGators are called on the scene…the ART SCENE! Mango and Brash go undercover and under canvas as internationally renowned painters to expose a crook who has truly mastered the art of CRIME! Can they recover the missing masterpieces and save the city art museum’s fundraising gala before it’s too late…and they run out of appetizers? Find out in this latest pièce de résistance of action-packed illustrated fun.

InvestiGators 7 and InvestiGators 8 (titles TBD) will hit bookshelves September 2023 and September 2024, respectively.

Weekly Preview! AfterShock, Scout, Graphic Mundi, and 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:

  • Almost American #3 (AfterShock)
  • Chances (Graphic Mundi)
  • Chicken Devil #2 (AfterShock)
  • Maker Comics: Conduct a Science Experiment (First Second)

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

Review: Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops

As a kid growing up in New York City during the 1990s, I can definitely say that there was nothing else like it. As I sit here writing more than two decades from my formative years, it did not feel like it then, but it was something magical about the city then. The city has seen its share of triumphs in sports, but it seemed as though, everything was converging.

The college teams within the city like St. John’s University was seeing resurgence and the Knicks were being coached by Pat Riley, and had made it to the finals. Since then, the city has gotten two other professional basketball teams, my beloved Knicks have gotten a rebirth, and my love for basketball has endured. As a fan of the game, I have watched every basketball movie in existence, and often found the ones that I have re-watched because they stayed with me, had more to do with people than basketball. In Gene Luen Yang’s semi-autobiographical memoir, Dragon Hoops, we get one such story which is not only about basketball, but how it intersects with race, class and identity.

In “Prologue: Mr. Yang” Gene lets us know how he never liked basketball form a youth, which is tied mostly to the fact that he was not particularly good at it, which pushed his interests into stories, leading him to write and draw graphic novels and also becoming a high school teacher. Soon after he published his first graphic novel, he looked for his next great story, which was pretty close to him, as the school he thought at, their basketball team was becoming good, and making the local news, so he started by talking to the coach, Lou. In “Chapter 1: Lou”, where we find out that he was not always a great basketball player but grew into one and became an even better coach. In “Chapter 2: Ivan and Paris”, we meet the two stars of the team who has not had an easy time growing up in Oakland but has not let that stopped from striving. In “Chapter 3: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons vs. De La Salle Spartans”, the Michael Brown decision in Ferguson has an uneasy effect on the team right before a game. In “Chapter 4: Coach Phelps”, we found out about the man who coached the team before Lou, and just how enigmatic he was,  as he became the most winningest coach of all time in California basketball history. In “Chapter 5: Bishop Gorman Gaels Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”,  gene finds out just how difficult it is for Lou to decide  who gets minutes in the game, which causes one player to quit the team and transfer to a school where he would get minutes. In “Chapter 6: Oderah and Arinze”, we meet a brother and sister who took the school by storm, with their athletic prowess in basketball and their journeys at Bishop O’Dowd. In “Chapter 7: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons Vs Montverde Eagles”, the team play a game that is broadcasted on ESPN, giving them a formidable opponent. In “Chapter 8: Jeevin”,  we find out about only the Sikh plaer on the team and the obstacles he faces in class and the racism he has to deal with , from crowds. In Chapter 9: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons Vs Waynesville Tigers”, the team wins a road game and Gene finds that his work life balance is harder to maintain than he ever imagined. In “Chapter 10: Qianjun(Alex)”, we find about the only Chinese born player on the team, and the road he took . In ” Chapter 11: Moreau Catholic Mariners Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”, the team faces a tough opponent , while Gene contemplates leaving teaching altogether and working in comics full time. In “Chapter 12: Austin”, we meet the one player who already a plan after he finishes school, while we find how much Gene changes from the actual story. In “Chapter 13: Mater Dei Monarchs Vs Bishop O’Dowd Dragons”, the team makes it to the state championship, and though they fought a superior opponent, they won through grace and grit. In the final chapter” Epilogue: Gene”, Gene finally leaves the school and says his goodbye, starting a new chapter for him and his family.

Overall, Dragon Hoops is an engrossing journey that becomes very personal and heartfelt. The story by Yang is enthralling and enlightening, as most of the chapters intersperses the larger narrative with bits of basketball history throughout. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, Dragon Hoops is an excellent story that shows basketball is really about the people who play it.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Gene Luen Yang, Rianne Meyers, Kolbe Yang Color: Lark Pien
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Horse Trouble

A young girl balances her love of horses, friends, and having to navigate her childhood.

Story: Kristin Varner
Art: Kristin Varner

Get your copy in comic shops! 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 (hardcover)
Amazon (paperback)
Kindle
Bookshop
TFAW


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Review: Julia’s House Goes Home

Julia and her friends are looking for a place to set their home when things go wrong and Julia must gather her friends and find their home.

Story: Ben Hatke
Art: Ben Hatke

Get your copy in comic shops! 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.

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First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: Marshmallow & Jordan

After an accident, Jordan is in a wheelchair and can no longer compete with her basketball team. Then she meets Marshmallow, a white elephant who introduces her to water polo.

Story: Alina Chau
Art: Alina Chau

Get your copy in comic shops! 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 (hardcover)
Amazon (paperback)
Kindle
Bookshop


First Second 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

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

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