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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BATMITE_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.

Brett

Top Pick: Midnighter #1 (DC Comics) – Steve Orlando takes on the brutal character, who also happens to be gay. Orlando is a talented writer and to see him take on such an important series is fantastic. Can’t wait to read this one.

Broken World #1 (BOOM! Studios) – With a meteor days away from causing an extinction-level event on Earth, time is running out for Elena Marlowe. While most of the planet’s population and her family were approved by the government to escape on one of the giant spaceships headed to another planet, her application was denied due to her mysterious past. With the meteor fast approaching, Elena tries desperately to find a way to fake her way onto the last ship or else be left behind to die with the rest of Earth’s rejected denizens.

The Bunker #11 (Oni Press) – Three months later. Grady begins his political campaign while Billy sits in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. But once again, everyone is at the mercy of their future selves. An amazing series.

Jupiter’s Circle #3 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar’s prequel series has been fantastic the first two issues. This third continues to look at how power corrupts.

Secret Wars #3 (Marvel) – The series really kicked off with the second issue. While I’m still a bit cautious about this major event as a whole, so far the main series, as well as the tie-ins, have all been very good. Marvel’s events have had a habit recently of starting strong than tanking, here’s hoping we don’t see a repeat.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Suicide Risk #25 (BOOM! Studios) – This is it! The finale to this gripping series.  We finally get to find out the final fates of all involved and whether the heroes can save two worlds.

Bat-Mite #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been taking more risks than usual in the past year, and this series continues that streak running.  It will be interesting to see what they can make of this series.

Justice League #41 (DC Comics) – After a lead-in like the last issue, it is evident that the creative team means big things for this series.

Morning Glories #46 (Image Comics) – The series should be heading towards another big moment some time in the next few issues.  Will this issue be the linchpin?

Wonderland #36 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s best series returns for its monthly dose of Wonderland infused madness and mayhem.

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie): The Wicked + The Divine #11 (Image Comics) – Stunning art, emotionally compelling characters a big fat mystery and a whole lot to say about being young and about pop culture and fandom.

The comic has been picked up by DeConnick and Fraction’s new TV production company so you better start reading this book before it hits the small screen so you can brag about liking it before it was mainstream.

Top Pick (tie): The Humans #5 (Image Comics) – Bikersploitation meets apesploitation meets 70sploitation. This new issue puts us on the road to trucksploitation too (yes that’s a genre! Haven’t you seen Convoy? I haven’t but whatever).
This underground comic styled book is one of the best comics of the year. Neely’s art is evocative, expressive and funny but it is also technically outstanding. He’s a remarkable draftsman and inker. Reading this book will remind you why hand lettering and coloring makes such a big difference.

Oh and there’s sex and drugs and violence and monkeys and a soundtrack to download.

Airboy #1 (Image Comics) – Robinson is a strong writer who’s known for excavating emotional resonance and intellectual stories out of overlooked gold and silver age heroes.

And that’s the joke here.

The preview makes it clear this comic has a different project in mind. He’s created a meta comic about the making of an air boy comic (air boy being a square golden age hero) and the drugs one takes to do so– starring non other then James Robinson & Greg Hinkle (this book’s creative team). There are Hunter S Thompson references.

Sure! Why not!

Spiderwoman #8 (Marvel) – Hopeless’s run has always been a fun read but as of last issue it’s turning out to be a comic that has something to say. Last issue included a big reveal that makes us question a lot of our assumptions about criminals and about women. I want to see where this goes and I’ve never been as intrigued with this book as I am right now.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (Marvel) – I love that front headline of this comic always states that she has all the powers of a squirrel and all the powers of a girl. Because both girls and squirrels have more power then anyone gives them credit for and this book wants you to remember that. Also it’s hilarious fun and totally beginner friendly.

 

“Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca

Top Pick: Bat-Mite #1 (DC Comics) – It’s freaking Bat-Mite! What else do you need?

Airboy #1 (Image Comics) – Another great pulp hero by another established “classic” creative team (see a pattern here?). I am particularly interested in the concept behind this series, and the previews suggest that this is a “breaking the 4th wall” type of series that will have healthy does of action, adventure and comedy. Well, see but it is definitely worth a look!

Justice Inc.: Avenger #1 (Dynamite) – I’m going to be honest and upfront.  I have never been a fan of The Avenger. I was hoping the Justice Inc. series from Dynamite would change that, but it didn’t. That series for me wandered and was too disjointed. Plus The Avenger was written like a spoiled whiner. Saying that, I wasn’t a Daredevil fan either. Until Mark Waid took over the book. Now mark Waid is writing The Avenger. I’m a little excited.

The Phantom #3 (Hermes Press) – There are two Phantom books out this week. While I love the concept of Dynamite’s King series, it hasn’t quite hit the right notes (unlike Flash Gordon). However, Peter David’s series from Hermes Press not only hits the right notes, it is an orchestral work of a master!

Princess Leia #4 (Marvel) – Another Mark Waid title, and in my opinion the best of the Star Wars line, and my top pick of the month. It’s a shame the series is only 5 issues. Waid and Dodson have created magic with this one!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Thor_8_CoverWednesdays 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.

Brett

Top Pick: Rebels #2 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood’s series takes us back to the beginnings of the American Revolution. Focusing on two young individuals looking to start their life, Wood not only gives us a touching action story, but also reminds us some of the principles that founded our nation.

Lantern City #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A story about castes and a man who just wants a better life for his family.

Rise #2 (Northwest Press) – The series launched after lots of high-profile bullying stories, and while the publisher focuses on LGBT comics, the stories focus on more than just that. These are stories we can all relate to, and after reading you can realize things do get better.

Secret Wars #2 (Marvel) – The first issue threw us head first into a massive action story, taking us right into the thick of battle, and had no problems killing characters off. That only set us up to know anything is possible as Marvel relaunches its comic universe.

Space Riders #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The series’ first issue was a psychedelic space adventure. So, expect more of that… aka more awesome.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Thor #8 (Marvel) – Probably anyone who is even slightly interested in Marvel will be picking this up to find out who the new Thor is

Lady Killer #5 (Dark Horse) – This series sees its end here and we get to find out whether or not Josie is a one hit wonder.

Night Nurse #1 (Marvel) – The Daredevil television series renewed interest in this character, and this collection will give readers some background into who she is.

Silk #4 (Marvel) – There has hardly been a misstep in this Spider-associated book that gets none of the spotlight as its kin.

Wonderland #35 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s best series continues here with another enticing story arc.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – Last issue had such a perfect twist by two classic lineup characters and I’m not even talking about the reveal at the end of issue 1. I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book features the REAL Amanda Waller, the most interesting anti-hero in comics and basically the only middle-aged black woman protagonist in super hero comics. When the New 52 made Waller thin & young I was indignant. Read my post “Waller Not Smaller” on why this matters.

I’m so glad to have The Wall back. I know writer Frank Tieri agrees because he told me so on Twitter.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (Marvel) –  Sera, Angela’s more worldly and sharp-witted life partner/ bard/ “how awesome is her character design?!?” is the reason I read this book. What a revelation she is! I picked up this book for the creative team but I still stayed for this wonderful new character. And she’s a trans woman with dark skin & a non generic body type. More please. Many many more.

Fangirls Guide to Galaxy Handbook for Girl Geeks HC (Quirk Books) – This is going to be on recommended gift lists from now till the end of time. So why not buy one right away! That way you can read it before you regift it this holiday season. Buy one for all of your geek girl friends and supporters.

Storm #11 (Marvel) –  Why is this series getting cancelled? Are you guys not buying it? This book is super entertaining and it is staring Storm!!! One of my favorite long-lost characters from Generation Hope came back in last issue. I did not like his send off in that miniseries (even though it was a wonderful miniseries) so I’m hoping Kenji gets a more favorable resolution this time.

Thor #8 (Marvel) – Who is Thor? The Big reveal! Brett thought it was Roz Solomon (awesome Jewish environmental scientist of SHIELD), I thought it was Mockingbird. Now we will know for sure.  If you’ve been reading the series or any series that touches on sore at all and clearly you’ve got to be in it for this last issue. I know for a fact that there are lots of people who have only started reading store because they heard about the new female store. I just spoke to a woman was picking up comics for the first time because of the series. This must not be the end.

 

Review: Wonderland #34

wonderland034The ongoing story of Calie Liddle has been one which has left many questions unanswered about the realm of Wonderland.  Most of the early stories featured characters that were close facsimiles of those from Lewis Carroll’s books, although with a more violent twist.  As the series moved away from the focus on Wonderland to a focus on Calie trying to protect her daughter from its perils, the land once again was ignored.  With the eventual and recent ascension of Calie to be the White Queen of Wonderland, at last the land was freed to be explored.  With a focus on fantasy the realm is given the potential to be a rich landscape, especially with the tie-ins to the literary background, but at the same time it is necessary to find a landscape which fits both influences as well as Calie’s ties to the real world.

The most recent issue of Wonderland represents the middle issue of only the second story arc since Calie was let loose on the land to free it of the remaining pieces of its madness.  In the previous issue Calie is led top the Antipathies who can reveal her true dreams to her, but at the same time a new warrior arrives to fight those that have been using dreams to fuel their own evil.  This acts as the second issue of what is a longer story arc and doesn’t have as many big moments, but manages to move the plot along well enough as Calie enters the pool of the Antipathies and as she comes face to face with the new warrior.  While this is an intermediary issue, it does also highlight the depth to which the new series writer Erica J. Heflin is willing to take to layer more into the realm.  Some of it is too convenient to fantasy (dragons) but much of it is not, and while this issue lacks a lot of big moments, it at least shows the logical approach that the writer is taking to make the series emulate and give homage to the source material as opposed to distorting it.

There is less to expect from this issue, though as opposed to the previous week’s White Queen tie-in to Realm War, this at least works to get the non sequitur out of the character’s path and to get her back on track for her own stories.  Those picking up this particular issue for the first time for a look into the well developed characters will likely be a little bit unimpressed as this is really not the strongest issue around to highlight what is so special about the character.  Nonetheless this issue does what it needs to, moving the plot along and setting the stages for another memorable story arc.

Story: Erica J. Heflin Art: Manuel Preitano
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Tithe01_CoverAWednesdays 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.

Brett

Top Pick: Nutmeg #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – There’s been such a fresh amount of releases of comics that break the mold of the traditional comic recently. This new series is another example of that focusing on some high school girls and their revival. Yup, it’s that simple, yet so welcome.

Archie vs. Predator #1 (Archie) – The first issue is great, mixing in classic Predator moments with a style that’s all Archie. So subversive. So much fun.

Bloodshot Reborn #1 (Valiant) – The Valiant left a very different Bloodshot out there at the end. This series picks up from there with a new status-quo and one I’m fascinated to see.

The Fox #1 (Archie/Dark Circle) – Archie’s going dark and mature with their new line of superhero comics. So far so good, and this first issue has very lofty expectations from me.

Letter 44 #15 (Oni Press) – It’s been six months since the last issue, and all hell has broken loose.

Edward

Top Pick: The Tithe #1 (Image Comics) – Comics are all the much better when they mix interesting concepts with social commentary.  Such seems the case here with a group that robs from mega-churches and gives the money to the poor.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #2 (Marvel/Disney) – This is not just a Disney ride.  Instead it gives a different take on the Western genre, while staying true enough to the roots of the story.

Ms. Marvel #14 (Marvel) – Those getting caught up in the Batgirling of all comics forget that Marvel did it here first without the fanfare.  This standout series delivers more of what has given it such acclaim.

Thor #7 (Marvel) –  This “Love It or Hate It” title should just be just the former.  Since the introduction of the new Thor there has hardly been a misstep.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #34 (Zenescope) – Erica J. Heflin’s run on Wonderland has been great so far, and this story arc promises more to come for Zenescope’s most complex superhero.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Darth_Vader_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Brett

Top Pick: Princessless: The Pirate Princess #1 (Action Lab Entertaiment) – A new volume of Princeless is here! Everyone rejoice! The first issue is as wonderful as expected, and features a kick-ass minority woman in the lead. In fact all of the main characters are kick-ass women! Perfect for kids and adults.

Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s relaunch of the Star Wars comics line has been solid so far, and Darth Vader takes the spotlight in his own series. Can’t wait to see what writer Kieron Gillen does with him.

Divinity #1 (Valiant) – The first issue is a fascinating departure from previous Valiant series and the character is nothing like what they’ve done before. The first issue is a trippy dreamlike tale, and its so good. This is not your normal superhero series.

The Sculptor (First Second) – This came out last week, but Previews has it listed for this week. Scott McCloud’s latest graphic novel is an absolute masterpiece.

Southern Bastards #7 (Image Comics) – Jason Aaron’s Southern gothic series has been amazing so far. You never know where each issue will take you. This is one of the first comics I read when I get a chance.

Edward

Top Pick: Legenderry Red Sonja (Dynamite Entertainment)–  Two genres meet in an unexpected way as the steampunk meets the red-haired barbarian in a Victorian setting. It is unconventional to be sure, but also a lot of fun.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland #32 (Zenescope) – Another great one-shot from the creative team that is taking this series in brand new directions.  It is a cat-and-mouse story where the mouse is another cat.

Morning Glories #43 (Image Comics) – Casey has decided to run for class president in order to save Jade, but she doesn’t have a chance of winning does she?  Not until the unexpected happens.

Secret Six #2 (DC Comics) – Fans responded to the release of this series under the new 52 banner at DC with great interest, but the first issue left many confused.  Combined with a long wait for the second issue, what will fans end up thinking?

Thor #5 (Marvel) – This series has been telling a great story, and yet continues to divide fans over the radical change.  Those that look beyond it will realize that this is no stunt.

George

Top Pick: Guardians Of The Galaxy #24 (Marvel) – The second chapter of The Black Vortex story line. Frankly, anything concerning the GOTG right now is worth picking up each week as the stories are getting better and much more fun each month.

Darth Vader #1 – If Star Wars #2 was any indication of how this series is going to be then we are on for one amazing ride. The art and writing blend seamlessly to bridge the gap between two amazing movies we have loved for so long.

Morning Glories #43 (Image Comics) – The students at Morning Glory Academy are getting more involved in the politics at school and the inevitable meeting with mysterious Headmaster should be just right around the corner.

Southern Bastards #7 (Image Comics) – The ending to the last arc left all of us with our jaws on the floor. The current arc is just as great and we can’t get enough of this amazing football tradition in the deep South

The Walking Dead #137 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The new arc promises to reveal more about The Whisperers, a new ‘cult-like’ group that we (or our heroes) know little of. Carl has been more of a focus recently and that is definitely a good thing.

Comixstravaganza’s “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca

Top Pick: Five Ghosts #15 (Image Comics) – Grey vs Van Helsing! – this is one of the most original concepts in comics! Every month, Frank Barberie delivers high-octane high adventure! This is part 3 of the new story arc and it’s Fabian Grey vs. Van Helsing!

Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – I have always maintained that Vader is either hero or villain, depending on your point of view. The previous Dark Horse series did a lot to paint him as a hero. I hope this new Marvel series does the same. But, for the first time ever, it’s canon!

Doc Savage Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – normally I’m not a huge fan of trades, but sometimes a series is better when compiled rather than in monthly single issues. I’m feeling this may be true for the new Dynamite Doc Savage series. Plus in many cases you get more bang for your buck with a good collection. And the job Dynamite has done with these classic pulp heroes, it’s more than good, they’ve been great!

Legenderry Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Steampunk. Red Sonja. Any questions?

Legenderry Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ditto.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Star_Wars_1_CoverWednesdays 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, highlighting a top pick, and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday. I think it’s safe to say we’re excited for a story that takes place in a galaxy far, far away.

Brett

Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – I’m a Star Wars fan, and have loved reading Dark Horse’s various series. I also have some fond memories of reading Marvel’s take back in the 80s (and still have a few issues laying around in my long boxes). What Marvel does with the license should be interesting, especially in comparing to how Dark Horse handled it all.

Avengers #40 (Marvel) – What Jonathan Hickman has been doing with the various Avengers titles has been exciting and an interesting direction for them. We’re ahead in the Marvel timeline seeing how things have progressed as “Time Runs Out.” All of this is leading to Secret Wars, so… there’s that? If anything, the story has been exciting and entertaining with some kick-ass art.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – I love this series, one of my favorites to debut in 2014. The first arc wraps up in a nice tidy bow and it sets up some interesting plot threads for the future. This is a great sci-fi western and if you’re into that sort of thing, absolutely pick up the trade paperback when it’s out next month.

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade (Fantagraphics) – Wilfred Santiago’s graphic novel about the sports legend. It touches on his successes and struggles and has an interesting take on how an individual can turn into a product.

Stumptown Vol. 3 #5 (Oni Press) – The conclusion to “The Cast of the King of Clubs” has Dex deciding if she’ll seek justice or revenge. Writer Greg Rucka has been on fire and that’s helped by Justin Greenwood’s art.

Edward

Top Pick – Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – Ever since the new creative team has taken over there has been a positive change in direction for this series which was already decent enough.  The series might be a bit lighter in pure superheroics, but it is heavier on themes and character development.

Damsels in Excess #4 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen’s unconventional fairy tale series takes another turn here as the heroines get closer to their final confrontation.  This is an interesting take on fairy tales, different from the other titles in a medium which is saturated with them at the moment.

Deep State #3 (BOOM! Studios) – This series which was easy to pick up, also proves to be hard to put down.  Even those that don’t like X-Files conspiracies will find some pure comic fun here.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #31 (Zenescope) – When Calie Liddle won against the powers of Wonderland and took on the role of queen, fans of this series might have wondered if there were still stories to be told.  New series writer Erica Heflin proved in the first story arc that she is fit to the task,and the mother vs. daughter clash of the second story arc looks pretty fun.

Suicide Risk #21 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has not stopped since the first issue from presenting its own world full of superheroes but with a weird twist.  Now with his wife and alternate universe wife both living under the same roof, how will Requiem react when the fate of the world is in the balance?

Elana

Top Pick – Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 (Shadowline/Image) – If you like female centered stories and ever played D&D this deserves a read. And female characters who aren’t attractive humanoids don’t often get to tell their stories.

Lazarus #14 (Image) – everyone here is the best they are at what they do (including Forever herself). I gotta get caught up!

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – It’s starting to get touching! A story about vulnerability. And Allred’s art is glorious as ever.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – This came out last week, but it’s fun. pure fun. I’ve been a fan of Henderson’s art for a few years now and she has a uniquely feminist eye for the world. Her cartoon-y style should’t be underestimated because her pacing and breakdowns are strong. North was great on Adventure Time so bring on the zaniness.

George

Top Pick – Jupiter’s Legacy #5 (Image) – Although the spacing between issues is greater than we would like, this book has one of the best stories from Mark Millar. The amazing art by Frank Quitely make it a must for anyone’s Pull List.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – The conclusion to the first arc of this outstanding and imaginative series by Jay Faeber and Scott Godlewski.  It’s a crime procedural on a distant planet that feels like a mix between The Fuse and Saga; what else could you ask for?

Lazarus #14 (Image) – Greg Rucka has created a vast and amazing world for Forever, the protector of the Carlyle Family to roam free. With each new arc we learn more and more of this futuristic world consisting of ruling families and the Lazarus that protect each one.

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – You can never have too much Star Wars material to soak up. This one, by Jason Aaron and artwork by John Cassaday, takes place between IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back. Bridging the story between the two movies should be a lot of fun for any Star Wars fan.

The Walking Dead #136 (Skybound/Image Comics) – One of the best stories out there, Robert Kirkman has reinvented The Walking Dead Universe with brand new dangers and horrors lurking around every corner. After all these years I still love when a new issue comes out and the new arc is going to be just as great as any in the past.

Matt

Top Pick – Teen Dog #5 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)- Teen Dog has faithfully served up all kinds of superb cool in the first four issues, so this latest issue should be more of that. This round, Teen Dog is gonna have to confront his alter ego, who is probably totally not cool at all. Scoff.

Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – The DC book with the most diversity in characters made headlines last month in a way that really doesn’t behoove what the creative team is going for with this series, but I’m sure it can make a comeback. My roommate thought I was reading a Marvel book when he looked over my shoulder to see the first issue of this new run, and that’s a good thing when it comes to the kind of demographics a book like this is appealing to.

Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee are doing something more mainstream superhero books need to be doing, which is telling short, small-scale stories. The solicit for this issue promises a conclusion to the great story started last issue, along with some teases for potential seeds leading to bigger stories; those are good too!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Marvel) – Giving Mark Waid the reins on a Marvel Universe-spanning crossover book that loosely ties into the Agents of Shield television show is a lovely idea. This issue’s pairing of Waid with Humberto Ramos to do a Ms. Marvel-centric story is all-kinds of awesome, too.

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – This book is always a treat, with Slott’s fun sense of adventure and Allred’s incredible, whimsical art. Promised in this issue is a planet filled with billions of varied species, so the sky’s the limit!

Sean

Top Pick – Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil is one of the best comics on the market, even before it was unnecessarily rebooted, and continues to inspire awe with beautiful art that I wish I could plaster my walls with, and an emotionally complex script that is atypical of most mainstream productions. Daredevil’s new conflict with the Stunt-Master continues, Matt lies in his autobiography, and more!

Animal Man Vol. 7: Red Plague TP (DC Comics) – Animal Man of the 1980s and 1990s by Vertigo was fantastic, featuring the much acclaimed run by Grant Morrison (among many others). A new TP collects issues #64-79, Annual 1.

Justice League United #8 (DC Comics) – I’ve kept away from most JL books since the Trinity event, mostly because JL itself is a bit overblown while JLD, despite an awesome cast has suffered from sub-par storytelling. Other JL incarnations in the New 52 aren’t even worth mentioning. JLU, however, is an exciting romp through space, bringing in some of my favorite science fiction heroes with a new, truly compelling First Nations superheroine, Miiyahbin. In this issue, JLU and the Legion of Super-Heroes go toe-to-toe.

The New 52: Future’s End #37 (DC Comics) – Despite my general disgust with the ploy that, if you want to keep up with the DC Universe, you have to buy weeklies (well, you really don’t…), I have actually rather enjoyed Future’s End, or, rather, some of its subplots. I have a feeling that the conclusion of the series will be a great let down, especially since the future shown here will probably not be carried out in other books. Like, I would buy up an Amethyst and Frankenstein team-up comics. Alas…

Star Trek #40 (IDW Publishing) – A well-written exploration of the AU created by Abrams’ films, this issue concludes the “Q Gambit” in which Q has transported Kirk and crew to the future, challenging him to confront the reality that a “no win” scenario really is unwinnable. Plus, Q himself might cease to exist!

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – The Star Wars franchise returns to Marvel. I can’t say that I’m particularly thrilled about it, but since it can’t be changed I might as well see what Marvel’s about. Objectively, this issue ushers in an unprecedented era in the history of Star Wars, when for the first time the difference between the Expanded Universe and the films are erased and a single continuity is established.

Comixstravaganza Live’s “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca’s

Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – Everyone is head over heels about this release, and the most obvious reason to be is being overlooked by many: for the first time EVER, the comic stories will be canon! Remember earlier this year when Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm said that the EU and all previous comics would be labeled as “Legacy” and everything moving forward would be canon? Well, here ya go! You’re welcome.

Star Wars Legends Marvel Years Omnibus HC (Marvel) – Speaking of “Legends”, this week also see the release of the Omnibus HC, Star Wars: The Marvel Years. This collects all the Marvel comics series starting with the 1977 movie adaptation (which saved the comics industry by the way) and runs through the Empire Strikes Back adaptation. That is one hefty tome, but won’t it look awesome on my bookshelf?

Men of Mystery #95 (AC Comics) – Fans of Dynamite’s Project: Superpowers can read the original tales of seventeen Golden Age heroes! It’s classic pulp superhero adventures at their best! Artists include Joe Kubert, Reed Crandall, and Bob Powell. The market on this one is smallish, so this might be a tough one to find!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – as a professional magician I am naturally interested in Harry Houdini. However, I have a confession to make. I have an entire library of Houdini books and biographies, and went to far to name my office and studio complex “The Houdini Room!” This series has been interesting because of the real life animosity between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They started as friends but became rivals over the issue of spiritualism. Some have even implicated Doyle in Houdini’s murder (look it up). The time line here is a little skewed, probably to appeal to the Steampunk fandom, but it is a fun read nonetheless.

Wild’s End #5 (BOOM! Studios) – I really can’t believe more people aren’t buzzing about this title. War of the Worlds set in depression era 1930s starring anamorphic animals as the heroes! How could you not love this? Further, this book is the very definition of Dieselpunk! That’s right, I said DIESELpunk. It is the retro futuristic sci-fi and fantasy of the deco/jazz age! If you aren’t familir with Dieselpunk you can learn more by tuning into my Diesel Powered Podcast on iTunes!

Zenescope New Releases for 11/27/13 and 12/4/13

New Releases for 11/27/13

Quest #1

Written By Pat Shand
Covers By Anthony Spay, Emilio Laiso, Giuseppe Cafaro

A rogue princess named Aisling teams up with Blake, a fallen Wonderland knight, and Bolder, a dwarf banished from his home, in order to protect the realm of Myst from the dark shadows of its past. Journey with this ragtag team of disgraced warriors as they fight for redemption in a world that has forgotten them.

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Wonderland Through the Looking Glass #3

Written By Pat Shand
Covers By Abhishek Malsuni, Ivan Nunes, Vincenzo Cucca

Johnny’s descent into madness begins! Death comes for Johnny Liddle! You’ve seen her true power in Zenescope’s NO TOMORROW… so prepare for the world of Wonderland to get even more terrifying as KERES, the goddess of death, lures Johnny and Adina to her castle. Will they escape Death’s clutches, or is their fate already written in stone?

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Wonderland Down the Rabbit Hole TPB

Written By Raven Gregory, Pat Shand
Cover By Anthony Spay

A new series that brings readers back to where it all began.

Alice Liddle has escaped a dimension of horror and madness called Wonderland — but not without dire consequences. Struggling with a now shattered psyche, Alice must prevent the evil beings that inhabit Wonderland from slipping into this world and infecting everyone she holds dear. But that is easier said than done as a mysterious entity is revealed to have been manipulating events from the very beginning.
Forget everything you thought you knew and find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes in this psychological horror series from Zenescope!

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New Releases for 12/04/13

Hit List #3

Written By Ralph Tedesco
Covers By Harvey Tolibao, Jamal Igle, Drew Edward Johnson, Tommy Patterson

The hit list grows as more members of the Brown House Bishops fall to a mysterious crew of assassins. But a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix as Rian continues to play with fire. The acclaimed, heart-pounding, fast-paced action/thriller series from Zenescope Entertainment continues!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Realm Knights #4

Written By Pat Shand
Cover By Harvey Tolibao, Michael Dooney, Anthony Spay, Anthony Spay

The high-octane conclusion to the greatest Grimm Fairy Tales team-up of all time! The lines are drawn as Cronus and his army of Hydra have taken control of Mount Olympus. The world’s only hope rests on the shoulders of the Realm Knights, who have been divided and conquered! Can these fairy tales and gods live up to their legend, or will they be snuffed out by the King of Titans?

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Wonderland #18

Written By Raven Gregory
Cover By Franchesco, Eric J, Nei Ruffino, Carlos Granda

Calie and Violet may finally have the upper hand in the fight against Wonderland as each begins accessing their newfound powers. But the Dark Cheshire and the new Mad Hatter don’t plan on making things easy for them.

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Grimm Fairy Tales 2013 Holiday Edition

Written By Pat Shand
Cover By Alfredo Reyes, Steven Cummings, Joe Pekar

An annual Zenescope tradition returns with the 2013 Grimm Holiday Edition. This issue includes four new stories featuring some of your favorite characters from the Grimm Universe. Fan favorite Krampus returns to reek more terror this Holiday season!

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Neverland TPB

Written By Joe Brusha

The creators of Grimm Fairy Tales and Oz bring you a dark new addition to the Grimm Universe. Pan never wanted to grow up and now he’s found the key to immortality and a way to rule the realm of Neverland forever.
Once a magical paradise, Pan has reshaped Neverland into the ultimate nightmare for any child unlucky enough to visit. Only one child has ever been able to escape. Now as an adult, Hook may be the only person who can put a stop to Pan’s madness.

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Grimm Fairy Tales Different Seasons Volume 3 TPB

Written By Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco

For over two hundred years the powerful stories of the Brothers Grimm have enchanted millions around the world, but there has never been an adaptation as intriguing or provocative as this. Grimm Fairy Tales explores a much darker side of the infamous fables you heard as a child as these classic tales are retold and reimagined with a terrifying twist you’ll simply love as an adult. This third volume of “Different Seasons” collects six more of Zenescope’s seasonal themed issues together in one collection.

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Zenescope’s New Releases for 11/13/13 and 11/20/13

New Releases for 11/13 /13

Grimm Fairy Tales #91

Written by Troy Brownfield
Covers By Pasquale Qualano, Emilio Laiso, Vincezo Cucca

Still reeling from the events of last issue, Sela struggles to cope with the revelation that the man she thought she loved is a Highborn villain. Confronting him only makes matters worse and she is torn and confused on whether she should fight him or join him on his mission to cure humanity of its penchant for greed.

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OZ #4

Written by Joe Brusha
Covers by Ken Lashley, Mike Capprotti, Richard Ortiz, Paolo Pantalena, Ale Garza

As Dorothy continues her quest for the Veridian Scepter, things go from bad to worse for her and her companions. After becoming the Wicked Witch’s prisoner, Dorothy learns that torture and torment are the least of her worries. The Witch has grand plans for Dorothy and her crew… and not all of them will survive!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Hunters: The Shadowlands TPB

Written by Raven Gregory & Pat Shand

The prelude to the biggest Grimm Universe event is here! Roman, Helsing, Masumi, Elijah, and Sela are the greatest monster hunters the world has ever known. That is until they all find themselves trapped in another dimension…a place of horror known only as the Shadowlands! The scariest Grimm Fairy Tales collection yet is collected here in this fantastic trade paperback!

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New Releases for 11/20/13

Wonderland  #17

Written by Raven Gregory
Covers by Richard Ortiz, Pasquale Qualano, Nei Ruffino

Dark Cheshire and the New Mad Hatter Return! Calie and Violet’s search for answers to defeat the realm of madness leads them back to the site of the original “EXPERIMENT” that opened the first portal to Wonderland. But the answers they find may prove to be too much as a startling decision is made that will change Wonderland forever. Meanwhile, the Dark Cheshire and the new Mad Hatters’ search for Calie and Violet lead them to the foster home of the suicide king, who is attempting to learn to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, he will learn that there is no Escape From Wonderland.

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Zenescope’s New Releases: 10/16/13 and 10/23/13

New Releases for 10/16/13

Robyn Hood Wanted #5 (mini-series finale)

Written by Pat Shand
Covers By Giuseppe Cafaro, Larry Watts, Nei Ruffino, Oracle
Artwork by Larry Watts
With the Sheriff of Nottingham revealed, Robyn rushes to save Marian from an evil she cannot begin to comprehend. As the city she once saved falls to ashes around her, will the hooded archer rise to become a legend… or fall as a horror from her past rears its head?

  • The shocking finale will change Robyn Hood forever!
  • Oversized issue!

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New Releases for 10/23/13

Grimm Fairy Tales #90

Written by Pat Shand, Dan Wickline
Covers By Alfredo Reyes, Joi Washington, Joe Pekar

The Countdown to 100 begins!
Rapunzel part 2. Sela’s brush with her past has left her at the brink of destruction. Rapunzel is out for her blood and she just may get it unless another enemy from Sela’s recent past can stop her. Will the return of the creature known as Frost save Sela or be her doom?

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Wonderland #16

Written by Raven Gregory
Covers By Pasquale Qualano, Emilio Laiso, Giuseppe Cafaro

The new arc of the hit Wonderland series begins!

Where do you go when there is nowhere left to run? Back to the beginning! Tired of fleeing from Wonderland, Calie and Violet begin to search for answers by delving into Charles Dodsgon’s past. But a mysterious force from Wonderland might have other, darker plans in mind for them.

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Zombies and Demons TPB

Written by Troy Brownfield, Pat Shand

Zenescope’s UNLEASHED, The comic book event of the year, brings classic fairy tales monsters into the Myth realm of the Grimm Universe. Collect the Unleashed tie-in stories that feature Elijah bashing his way through the zombie hoards, and Masumi slicing her way through the demons in her path to send these monsters back to the Shadowlands! Collects Grimm Fairy Tales: Demons #1-3 and Grimm Fairy Tales: Zombies #1-3.

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Zenescope New Releases: 9/25/13

Grimm Fairy Tales No Tomorrow #2

COVERS BT A SIQUERIA, LILLY AND PATTERSON
WRITTEN BY RAVEN GREGORY

After surviving his near brush with death, Patrick has begun noticing peculiar appearances of the mysterious pale woman he saw before the destruction of his office building.  Appearances that defy all rules of logic and possibility.  Appearances across the world where tragic events have left an ever growing trend of death and murder.  But as he learns more about Keres past he will come to realize that if you look for death, then death will come looking for you.  From the creator and writer of the Wonderland Trilogy, FLY and THE DREAM EATER SAGA.  Once Death has chosen you there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no escape and…NO TOMORROW!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Realm Knights #2

COVERS BY  QUALANO, LAISO, AND SPAY
WRITTEN BY PAT SHAND

Sela…Red Riding Hood…Robyn Hood…Van Helsing…Captain Hook…Shang…the Realm Knights have assembled for the greatest team book in Zenescope history!

Chaos rules as the insidious titan CRONOS rampages through the Earth, searching for his all-powerful scythes. Meanwhile, The Realm Knights journey into the Underworld and go head to head with the fallen god…Hades! Fairy tales and Greek mythology collide in the summer blockbuster event from writer Pat Shand!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland #15

COVERS BY DOONEY, ERIC J, AND TOLIBAO
WRITTEN BY RAVEN GREGORY

Violet and Calie have finally come home where it all began to find the only family that Violet has left. But the ghosts of the past linger in this place…Violet will finally come to understand the true nature of madness in a lesson from Wonderland that she will never forget.

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