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Justice League Dark Annual #1

We’re still having a blast at Gen Con and we’ve got some news coming from that right here! While you wait for that and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – Doctor Who Will Stream Exclusively on HBO Max – This is interesting.

Newsarama – Marvel TV’s Runaways and Cloak & Dagger Crossing Over This December – This makes a lot of sense.

Newsarama – Fans Petition Marvel to Open Caption The Eternals – Go support this!

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The Batman Who Laughs #7
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Justice League Dark Annual #1
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Go-Bots TPB

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Preview: Go-Bots Vol. 1 TPB

Go-Bots Vol 1 TPB

Tom Scioli (w,a & c)

A new spin on classic action-figure nostalgia bursts off the page in this inventive nod to the titans of golden age comics. They say they’re here to help us, but are they here to replace us? A modern sci-fi epic updating the story of the classic 1980s toy line, from the mind that brought you Transformers vs. G.I. Joe and American Barbarian.

TPB • FC • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-474-9

Go-Bots Vol 1 TPB

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black Badge #7

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Black Badge #7 (BOOM! Studios) – The Badge of Champions reaches its blood conclusion! This series takes the concept of Scouts to a whole new level.

Go-Bots #4 (IDW Publishing) – Tom Scioli continues to rock this series which brings the classic property back with childlike fun.

High Level #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The latest Vertigo release, written by Rob Sheridan with art by Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Fajardo takes a look at a future society built from scratch and hopefully delivers the social commentary we’d expect from Vertigo.

Hulkverines #1 (Marvel) – Every time we’ve expected little from this concept it not only surprised us but blew us away.

Incursion #1 (Valiant) – It’s the Geomancer and Eternal Warrior standing against an invasion.

Letter to Survivors (New York Review Comics) – A graphic novel that follows a postal worker on his bizarre mail route in a post-apocalyptic world.

Naomi #2 (DC Comics/Wonder Comics) – The first issue set up an interesting mystery in the DC universe and we want to see where it goes.

Sharkey Bounty Hunter #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld) – With Millar’s Netflix deal, we want to see what properties are being created.

Stronghold #1 (AfterShock Comics) – From writer Phil Hester and artist Ryan Kelly, the concept is intriguing. Our planet is actually a prison designed to shelter and trap an amnesiac alien of incalculable power.

Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1 (Marvel) – Now we can finally find out what the hell is going on.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Blossoms 666

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

American Carnage #3 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – An undercover agent dealing with white supremacists, yeah, we’re all in for this series.

The Avant-Guards #1 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – BOOM! has been rocking series the popular genre of manga sports comics with a western spin. This is the latest entry into that and we can’t wait to read it.

Blossoms 666 #1 (Archie Horror/Archie Comics) – Archie’s horror line of comics has been fun and different and this latest entry is one we’ve been waiting to check out since it was announced.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The classic tv show is back in a reboot and we’re beyond intrigued about the new spin.

Freedom Fighters #2 (DC Comics) – Nazi punching, nuff said.

Go-Bots #3 (IDW Publishing) – The first two issues are no joke and much more depth than we expected. Hopefully the third is more of that excellence.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The Guardians get a new volume and a new line up of characters that reminds us of the Abnett and Lanning days of the series.

Naomi #1 (Wonder Comics/DC Comics) – A brand new character debuts in Brian Michael Bendis’ in contunuity Wonder Comics line and we’re very intrigued.

Oliver #1 (Image Comics) – New twists on Oliver Twist seems to be all the rage now but we’re always up to see how someone updates and makes their take unique to a classic like Dickens’ famous orphan.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (Marvel) – Cyclops is back, but how? This promises to answer that question.

Preview: Go-Bots #3

Go-Bots #3

Tom Scioli (w & a & c)

Welcome to Gobotron. Leader-1 and the Go-Bots have built a planet of their own. Astronauts Lee Spencer, Charlotte Scott, and Venyamin Alexander pay Gobotron a visit and find themselves victims of the strange and deadly politics of a Gobotocracy. If they can escape Zod the Go-Bot monster, they’ll have to face the judgment of the Rock Lords. Is there a place for people in a post-human society?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Go-Bots #2

Go-Bots #2

Cy-Kill and his Renegades declare war on human civilization… and they’re winning. Go-Botics freshman A.J. Foster and cynical Go-Bot race car driver, Matt Hunter, along with their friendly Go-Bots Scooter and Turbo, flee for their lives as they desperately search for some way to stop the extinction of mankind and the dawn of the planet of the Go-Bots!

When writer and artist Tom Scioli hops on to a property from my childhood, there’s a style to his storytelling that I expect. It’s often choppy but comes off as a child playing with their toys and crafting a world and stories out of it. These are the battles I fought decades ago on the floor of my parents basement (and on the furniture and in the car and in my bedroom). Scioli nails that experience.

Go-Bots to me were always the “also rans” in the toy robot wars of the 80s. They never transformed quite as well as their competitor and the story was never quite as interesting. All these years later I couldn’t tell you what the story even was and didn’t care as I mixed in my dozen or so figures with their much better competition.

That lack of story is what’s interesting as Scioli is delivering something that’s much more akin to Transformers. In two issues the comics might feel a little choppy and like a kid playing with their toys but deeper down is a story about class, slavery, and modern capitalism.

Go-Bots #2 is dark in a lot of ways. There’s Go-Bots murdering humans left and right with some deranged methods. They also kill each other without blinking (can they blink?). And all of it is over inequality. Cy-Kill sees himself and his fellow Go-Bots as slaves to humans, tools to be used, instead of the thinking beings they are. It’s a concept that’s fresh and layered in so many ways and the details Scioli adds make the story.

Those details are more than just name-checking the more known Go-Bots, it’s using Tonka as a character in a way, the corporation who built the Go-Bots. There’s a touch on corporate responsibility and arguments we hear when it comes to gun rights and where corporate ethics end. Fascinating stuff being spun out of an 80s toyline.

Scioli continues his indie art style with a good depiction of the characters. But, like the story itself, at times there’s a choppiness to the art but that’s Scioli’s style. The transformations are handled well and there’s a lot added in the art to show the really messed up world spinning out of control.

The comic is a good one and one of the more surprisingly deep comics of the year. It features Scioli’s unique style of storytelling and art to create something that is so much more than the toyline it’s based on. Here’s hoping for a long run and a deeper dive into the fascinating world that’s been created.

Story: Tom Scioli Art: Tom Scioli
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Bone Parish #5

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Bone Parish #5 (BOOM! Studios) – A mix of horror and crime, there’s a drug on the street made up from corpses. The series has been excellent so far and if you missed out on the first four issues, there’s a comic shop exclusive trade out today as well.

Die! Die! Die! #6 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – Over the top ultra-violence in comic form. We haven’t seen this issue yet because (redacted).

Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel) – It’s a fantastic wedding! No seriously, the wedding actually happens! It’s an oversized issue but just nails the perfect FF vibe.

Go-Bots #2 (IDW Publishing) – Creator Tom Scioli rocks it in everything he does and he’s just bringing us back to our childhoods by taking on this “also ran” of transforming robot toys.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #2 (Dark Horse) – There’s a movie out in 2019 and you might as well get into the Hellboy action now! These “year” series have been exploring the earlier adventuers of Hellboy and have been a lot of fun so far. There’s so little out this week, you should also grab the first issue too.

Man-Eaters #4 (Image Comics) – It’s standalone story that’s an entry point for those new to the series.

Mars Attacks #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack.

Marvel Action: Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing/Marvel) – IDW is taking on the classic Marvel poperty with this new series aimed at younger readers.

Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Picking up from Spider-Geddon, Doc Ock is again the Superior Spider-Man, attitude and all.

Uncanny X-Men #7 (Marvel) – X-Men Disassembled has been a fun event so far with lots of call backs to classic X moments and a vibe that’s straight out of the 90s.

X-Force #1 (Marvel) – X-Force is back and they’re pissed. On the hunt for Kid Cable, Kid Cable has a mission of his own. Action. Humor. Violence. It’s all there as only X-Force can deliver.

Preview: Go-Bots #2

Go-Bots #2

Tom Scioli (w & a & c)

Cy-Kill and his Renegades declare war on human civilization… and they’re winning. Go-Botics freshman A.J. Foster and cynical Go-Bot race car driver, Matt Hunter, along with their friendly Go-Bots Scooter and Turbo, flee for their lives as they desperately search for some way to stop the extinction of mankind and the dawn of the planet of the Go-Bots!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Go-Bots #2
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