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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off and let us know! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kotaku – Injustice 2 Pro Proves The Game’s Lightly-Regarded Joker Actually Is A Threat – Who’s playing the game? Have you been enjoying it?

Korea Times – Comic books inform children and their parents about rare diseases – Graphic medicine is becoming a big thing!

CBR – Wonder Woman 2: Jenkins & Johns Already Writing Treatment – This isn’t surprising.

ICv2 – ‘Ghosts’ Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics – Congrats!

Publishers Weekly – Layoffs at Papercutz – Wishing the best for those impacted.


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Newsarama – Crosswind #1

Comic Attack – Harrow County #24

Talking Comics – Jimmy’s Bastards #1

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What has you excited? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – What Do A Cartoonist’s Finances Look Like? An Inside Look. – Good info for those that want to know.

CBLDF – Gene Yang Encourages “Reading Without Walls” in New Short Comic – Check it out!

CBR – Bourne Director to Adapt Bendis & Andreyko’s Torso – This should be interesting.

ICv2 – Amazon to begin Charging Sales Tax in All States – I guess they gave up on the fight.

The Beat – Tony Isabella is working for DC again – Interesting move and not surprising since that character is about to get the spotlight.

The Beat – Ghosts was the #1 kids paperback book last year amid growing interest in graphic novels for younger readers – This is not surprising.

The Outhousers – $500,000 Lawsuit Centered Around Stan Lee’s Failed NHL Superheroes – Who remembers this disaster?


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Nothing But Comics – Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

ICv2 – Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol. 1

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Stan Lee HeadshotIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for your shop to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Hollywood Reporter – ‘G.I. Joe’: The Story of the Cartoon That Sold Wartime Heroics to a Generation of Kids – This is pretty cool.

ABC – How comic books helped a Darwin man learn to read and write – This is cool to see.

Android Community – Oniride releases Magnetique, first VR graphic novel for Gear VRHow big do you think this will blow up?

CBR – Stan Lee’s Life Story to Be Adapted as Period Action Movie – Oh, this will be interesting.

Newsarma – Neal Adams Hired As Spokesperson For Animation App Swipe – Congrats!

The Beat – Next Year’s Angoulême Comics Festival Will Not Be As Awful As This Year’s – Good to hear!


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The Beat – Ghosts

The Beat – Paul Up North

Front Row Review – Stardust Nation

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

doom-patrol-1Wednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Faith #3 (Valiant) – I love this series. There’s a fun, infectious energy here that just grabs you and pulls you in for one fantastically uplifting ride. Plus, Faith heads to a comicon with Archer – and that’s going to be fantastic.

Action Comics #963 (DC Comics) – It’s a Superman comic, and the Man Of Steel has grown on me considerably since Rebirth. I’m looking forward to finding out who the depowered Clark Kent is, and how Metropolis reacts to a different Superman. Should be fun.

All-Star Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is, at least for me, one of the best writers to take on the Dark Knight in some time. Any time I see his name attached to a bat-project I’ll be reading it.

Dark Souls: Legends Of The Flame #1 (Titan Comics) – I am a huge fan of the Dark Soulsworld and it’s incredibly deep lore (especially because it’s not spoon fed to you throughout the games), so getting a chance to explore that world’s stories through this two part story makes me a little excited.

Old Man Logan #11 (Marvel) – Old Man Logan is the tormented Wolverine that comic fans remember, without the near immortality his healing factor had become. It’s that vulnerability that makes the promised scrap between Logan and a whole whack of ninjas so enticing – Jeff Lemire hasn’t been shy about the old man having his hairy arse handed to to him, so there’s a legitimate chance that Logan will loose the fight this issue (well…maybe). Either way, it’s gonna be bloody.



Top Pick: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana (DC Comics) – Katana was underused in the movie and she’s really an interesting character with a really dope backstory. So, here’s a chance to get to know almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Katana but, the movie refused to show.

Black Monday Murders #1 – 2nd Printing (Image Comics) This reprint is coming out the same day as Issue #2 which means you can play catch up and see what you missed before going in for round 2. There’s occultism, money cartels and,  evil magical banks that might be running things shadow government style. Who doesn’t like a good conspiracy theory?

Lady Killer 2 #2 (Dark Horse) – Hit squads, hitman mash-ups and lady hitwomen. Making murder for hire as normal as ordering a pizza or going grocery shopping.

Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #2 (DC Comics) – The “Who is Oracle” Story arc is almost over and you don’t want to miss a thing!

Throwaways #3 (Image) – I’ve got some high hopes for this issue of Throwaways. When I reviewed issue #2 last month I was like warm on it, mostly because I expected more. It looks like this issue is going to deliver and give a bit more the the story itself, the Abby & Dean and the plot is going to get thick and juicy enough to make it feel like you’re reading through split pea soup.



Top Pick: Detective Comics #940 (DC Comics) – Something major is happening… is this the end of Tim Drake!? DC has been tight lipped with this one, and teasing out something major will happen, so get this issue and the Teen Titans.

Doom Patrol #1 (DC’s Young Animal/DC Comics) – So much hype and I’m beyond intrigued to see what this new imprint within DC is like. I checked out the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and they sold me with what’s planned and the look of it all. The vibe I’m getting is superhero meets Vertigo, something I’m totally on board with.

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image Comics) – A murder mystery in space! I’ve read the first four issues of the series and it’s really good.

NVRLND #2 (451 Media Group) – A spin on the story of Peter Pan, but the comic takes place in modern LA and Peter’s the head of a rock band and Hook is a drug dealer. The two issues have been solid and well worth checking out if you want a more adult take on Pan.

Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts (Graphix) – A family moves due to the illness of a daughter and wind up in an area with lots of ghosts. The concept sounds touching and fun, but really it’s Raina Telgemeier and this will be one of the top-selling comics and graphic novels of the year. Find out why Telgemeier’s graphic novels crush the competition and outsells the spandex crowd!

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killorbekilled01-coverThe first day of Gen Con is over and we’ll have photos in a bit. Comic properties are a big thing this year with new games based on The Walking Dead, Valiant Universe, and more!

While you await that and more, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #252: Is Marvel Now what retailers need now? – Interesting. Thoughts?

Tabletop Gaming News – Zombicide Franchise Acquired by CMON – Expect more of this at this year’s Gen Con.

ICv2 – Ultra Pro Acquires Stone Blade Games – For example…


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ICv2 – Ghosts

Nothing But Comics – Kill or Be Killed #1

Comic Attack – Lady Killer 2 #1

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GHOSTS-Front-CoverThe weekend is almost here, and it’s a long weekend! How are folks spending it? We’ll be catching up on comics, movies, games (and enjoying fireworks). Sound off in the comments with what you’ll be doing.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Gamespot – Insomniac’s Spider-Man PS4 Dev Team Is “Huge” – Should be an interesting game.

CBLDF – French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo – Sigh.

CBLDF – Celebrate PRIDE All Year with These LGBTQ Comics Creators – Some great suggestions!

CBR – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Adds Tiffany Espensen & Garcelle Beauvais – This movie sounds like it’s going to be packed.

Marvel – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD – The details you need.

The Beat – Raina Telgemeier’s ‘Ghosts’ has a 500,000 copy first printing – Big publishers, take notice…

Review: Amala’s Blade #3

Amala 3Steve Horton and illustrator Michael Dialynas bring readers the third installment in the Dark Horse mini-series Amala’s Blade, available this week. This series is great fun, the same caliber, excitement, and creativity as books like Akaneiro (also available this week) and Image’s Saga (a TPB is available for the second volume this week, too), and reminds me a lot of Lionhead Studios’ Fable.

Horton and Dialynas provide a world of magic and steampunk, sword fighting and ghosts, assassins and a religious war. It’s about being haunted (in Amala’s case, literally) by the ghosts of one’s past, and recognizing that they can help you kill people—or if you want to be non-violent and metaphorical, it’s about recognizing that past mistakes, triumphs, or failures are constant lessons.

Like Vaugh with Saga, Horton’s narrative always keeps me guessing, with ever more fantastic events and beings around the corner. It’s an original story mixed-and-matched from stories all across Nerdom, and reads a bit like something from Terry Pratchett. What’s even greater is that, despite a final lead, gender really is not an issue, and I haven’t found a single even semi-sexist or gender biased comment in the books. Now that’s a feat, especially when in female-centric books like Wonder Woman the eponymous Amazon can’t get away from Orion’s nickname “Legs.” Yes, Amala is a woman. And yes, she’s the most bad-ass assassin whose fate the balance of factional war hinges upon.  No one turns a head (except when they’re getting killed).

Dialynas wonderfully illustrates this issue relying on a new color for the ghosts that has them standing out far better and looking more ghastly, though I really did like the bluish hue from earlier issues. I bring up color because Dialynas uses color to contrast the two opposing forces in this land: the Modifiers are typified by colors in shades of purple and black, while the Purifiers are more naturally colored. This contrast speaks to the artificial weirdness of the magically cyborg Modifiers, best exemplified in the canine cyborg wyrm which Amala fights and then commandeers.

Moreover, however, this issue is pivotal in moving the plot forward, and Horton easily weaves humor, emotional personal stories, and the fate of the land across the pages. I didn’t want Amala’s Blade #3 to end, but by the book’s close I was greatly satisfied to just soak up the art and get giddy for the next issue!

And I’m hoping that Amala’s Blade is not the last we’ll see of Horton and Dialynas’ wild world.

Story: Steve Horton  Art: Michael Dialynas
Story: 8.5  Art: 9  Overall: 9  Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The weekend is almost here, yay! But more importantly, the election is almost here and we can be done with all of these ads! Yay!

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The Beat – Publishers Weekly Announces Best Graphic Novels (and Best Books) of 2012There’s two months to go with some great releases, a bit early?


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Talking Comics – American Vampire #32

Talking Comics – Ghosts #1

CBR – Swamp Thing Annual #1

CBR – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1

Talking Comics – X-Men Legacy #275