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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

School Judgement Vol 2Wednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #3 (Valiant) – The biggest travesty about this series is that it’s only four issues long. It’s fantastic, and I want more Faith.

Judge Dredd #4 (IDW Publishing) – I never thought I’d enjoy this as much as I did. It’s a cool setting for the urban Judge, and I’m really enjoying seeing him as out of his element as he is.

 

Brett

Top Pick: School Judgement Gakkyu Hotei Vol. 2 (Viz Media) – I loved the first volume which has young kids acting as the prosecutors and defense for school infractions. The first volume ended with the mystery of a magic powder being passed around that’s rather addictive. This second volume continues that with a a new court case defending the person accused of being the one passing out the powder. Fun and entertaining and like no other comic I’ve read.

Darth Vader #18 (Marvel) – Marvel is crushing it when it comes to their Star Wars comics, and I look forward to every single one. If you’re a fan of that world, do yourself a favor and get these comics!

Power Lines #1 (Image Comics) – A particularly politically charged comic by Jimmie Robinson that has an African American kid whose powers only work when he’s in an upscale white community. Potentially interesting and I’m eager to check it out.

Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #2 (IDW Publishing) – There’s nothing deep here. It’s straight up characters from Street Fighter and G.I. Joe fighting. Just brainless fun.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51 (IDW Publishing) – The last issue teased the death of a lot of characters after a mutiny and being surrounded by the Decepticon Justice Division. There’s usually a twist and I’m excited to find out what it is.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Six #5 (451 Media) – The team lands in Mexico, and the war with the Cartel begins.

Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #3 (Image Comics) – Dragons in depression era Brooklyn.  I waited like six years for this arc.

Power Lines #1 (Image Comics) – Interested to see where Jimmie Robinson goes with this one.

Ragnarok #8 (IDW Publishing) – Walter Simonson can do no wrong in my eyes.  Plus I like this new skeletal Thor.

 

Review: Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

foureyeshof01_CoverArtFour Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1 launches the second arc in the critically-acclaimed story of a boy and his dragon on the hunt for revenge in Depression-era New York City. The training begins.

I missed the first volume of this comic series, Four Eyes: Forged in Flames, so came in to this first issue as a complete blank page. The issue is completely accessible even not knowing the previous comics. Written by Joe Kelly, with art by Max Fiumara, the first issue is an alternate world Depression-era New York City and focused on dragon fighting. On first glance it’s a story about animal fighting, just with an imaginary animal. And as I read, and that aspect clearer I interestingly became more uneasy reading it.

I have no idea how much the animal fighting aspect plays in to this volume, or the last, it’s clear this isn’t How to Train Your Dragon, this is not a cutesy story, no matter how much the art is. I’m a bit mixed on the first issue. The whole animal fighting aspect, and how blasé it is about it threw me clearly. However, the story itself is very intriguing and characters entertaining. I want to read more, even though a big aspect of what I read turned me off.

Part of what had me intrigued is Fiumara’s art which is fantastic. The art design is amazing and it pops in its black and white style. Characters are unique, even the dragons all have personalities of their own.

My overall thought on the series is up in the air. There’s the one aspect I clearly didn’t enjoy and caught me off guard, but the characters and the art are so good. It’s kind of fascinating really. But animal fighting, even with dragons, still is troubling and impacted my enjoyment. The rest of the series will really impact what I think of this one issue, but right now it’s intriguing and I want to read more.

Story: Joe Kelly Art: Max Fiumara
Story: 7 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review