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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #188 (Marvel) – I’m always up to read a new Moon Knight series, and while I did drop off of Lemire’s run, I’m more than excited to see a new take on the character. Plus, I’m a sucker for the Legacy numbering.

Pestilence #5 (AfterShock) – Zombies in the middle ages. I honestly have no other reason for wanting to read this.

Harbinger Renegade #0 (Valiant) – As the build up to Valiant’s next big event continues, I’m super curious to see what’s on offer here.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Moon Knight #188 (Marvel) – I loved the last run, and am excited to see where Max Bemis takes this. So far he has proven to be a fun writer (see Worst X-Men Ever), and I always love how batshit crazy Moon Knight is.

Batman Lost #1 (DC Comics) – More Metal! This series has been turned up to 11, and now we get more craziness from Snyder and an awesome team of all stars.

Mister Miracle #4 (DC Comics) – Tom King is great at giving what you never expect, and this series has been no different. So far this is a brutal, raw, and original look at the New Gods and their supporting cast. I have loved every issue so far.

Detective Comics #968 (DC Comics) – I am a Tim fan, and Red Robin is back, but so is future-Batman-Tim who is a bit more ruthless and scary. This series is a ton of fun.

The Despicable Deadpool #289 (Marvel) – We get more classic Deadpool vs Cable before the movie sequel will add even more of it. This is stupid fun.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Star Wars #38 (Marvel) – Kieron Gillen takes on Star Wars, that alone has me excited for this.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #1 (Lion Forge) – The Catalyst Prime universe has been a breath of fresh air and their resident speedster is a perfect example of the energy that makes the line of comics so entertaining and fun.

Force #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Football + comic = a must for me.

Eugenic #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a shocker and the second takes us 200 years further into the future. A series that feels like it’s breaking so many rules.

Kong on Planet of the Apes #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I had never thought of this crossover and while it seems silly, holy crap do I want this.

 

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #0

HARBINGER RENEGADE #0

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CLAYTON HENRY ( SEP172034)
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE ( SEP172035)
Cover C by JUAN JOSÉ RYP ( SEP172036)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS ( SEP172037)
Variant Cover by BEN TIESMA ( SEP172038)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 8th (FOC – 10/16/2017)

An essential prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2 – the seismic 2018 crossover event at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe!

Beneath the wreckage of the Harbinger Foundation, there is a secret that even Toyo Harada grew to fear. A secret simply known as…the Stormbringer.

And Alexander Solomon is about to set it free.

Out of the ashes of “MASSACRE,” the march toward the most consequential Valiant event of all time continues with an epic revelation at the heart of the Harbinger mythos – as told by Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!

 

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #8

HARBINGER RENEGADE #8

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172128)
Cover B by BALDEMAR RIVAS (AUG172129)
Cover C by KANO (AUG172130)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG172131)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172132)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 11th (FOC – 9/18/2017)

Massacred!

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

“MASSACRE” seeks its final victim as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) prepare for the biggest, bloodiest confrontation in Valiant history!

 

First Look: Harbinger Renegade #0 – Rafer Roberts and Juan Jose Ryp Decode the Secret of the Stormbringer in November!

Valiant has revealed a first look inside Harbinger Renegade #0 – AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT and MUST-READ MILESTONE building a bridge between the bloodstained fallout of “MASSACRE” and HARBINGER WARS 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event! On November 8th, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp bring the Valiant Universe’s most powerful forces to bear before a dreaded and unrepentant foe that’s more ancient, more sinister, and more dangerous than anything they’ve faced before…

Beneath the wreckage of the Harbinger Foundation, there is a secret that even Toyo Harada grew to fear. A secret simply known as… the Stormbringer.

And Alexander Solomon is about to set it free.

This near-immortal telekinetic has troubled mankind for centuries… and left the ruins of civilizations it in its wake. Now, for the first-time, the modern-day Valiant Universe confronts the reality of its evil head on in an all-new, standalone battle royale revisiting Solomon’s decades-old gambit to unleash the Stormbringer’s wrath… and guest-starring H.A.R.D. Corps, the Bleeding Monk, and more of HARBINGER’s most important and influential characters across the ages!

Featuring covers by Clayton Henry, Roberto de la Torre, Juan José Ryp, Khari Evans, and Ben Tiesma!

Review: Harbinger Renegade #7

HR_007_COVER-B_PORTELAMASSACRE has claimed a life from the Renegades’ own ranks… and their new mission starts now: to rally as many psiots to their cause as possible. Now, this damaged team of telekinetic teenagers are off the grid and on the move, traveling America to recruit soldiers for the inevitable war they all see coming. But they are being watched…

You know those comics that sound really interesting from the previews and solicits, but then fail to live up to any of the promise shown in those texts? Yeah, that’s this one.

Harbinger Renegade #7 has the dubious task of following on from an interlude issue (albeit a pretty good one) which in turn followed the first part of the Massacre story line in which half a dozen or so semi prominent Valiant characters were killed – but none of those characters had previously appeared in this series, so it’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen the Renegades in any real form – and this is our first chance to see how they’ve reacted to the events in Rook. Unfortunately, the emotion shown from the team as they react to the news of their friends being nearly wiped out feels, with one exception, a little blasé (although one could make the argument that with all the death they’ve seen in their young lives, this is exactly the point).

That being said, the tone of this issue is one of grief and how people deal with it in different ways; unfortunately the execution isn’t as strong as one would hope, and while there were an occasional small hill, overall the issue felt a little flat – though a large part of that was likely due to the art.

To say that artistically, this really wasn’t my cup of tea would be bordering on an understatement. HR_007_005 While the pages did have some interesting layouts, the art is far from my favourite. Obviously this is personal opinion, and you may love the art – if that’s the case then I’m happy for you – but I just found it generally boring. I feel the need to reiterate that this is purely personal preference because the art is well done it just didn’t excite me; in fact I felt the exact same way reading this as I would when looking at an Archie Digest comic: the art is just there, but it’s nothing special.

Ultimately this isn’t a bad issue, and I’m hesitant to rag on it too much because I feel it’s just a weaker chapter in the overall direction of the comic, rather than the new quality level we’ll get going forward. I also think that the gap between issues isn’t helping the series, either and while part of that is down to the placement of the interlude issue (which I quite enjoyed) last month that directly  interrupted the flow of the Massacre story line, the multi-month gap since we last saw the Renegade team isn’t helping either.

If you’re reading this series, then it’s worth at least flicking through Harbinger Renegade #7, but if you want to start with Valiant’s comics, then you can do a lot better than starting here.

Story: Rafer Roberts Penciler: Darick Robertson
Inker: Walden Wong Colourist: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #7

HARBINGER RENEGADE #7

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172070)
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA (JUN172071)
Cover C by RAUL ALLEN  (JUN172072)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (JUN172074)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 6th
Moving targets!

“MASSACRE” has claimed a life from the Renegades’ own ranks… and their new mission starts now: to rally as many psiots to their cause as possible. Now, this damaged team of telekinetic teenagers are off the grid and on the move, traveling America to recruit soldiers for the inevitable war they all see coming. But they are being watched…

“MASSACRE” seeks its next victim as multiple Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) escalate THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 to the point of no return…and lead the Renegades toward their most seismic confrontation yet!

Review: Faith and the Future Force #2

FFF_002_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICFaith Herbert and Neela Sethi, Timewalker’s first attempt at saving time from being unwritten has failed…which means it’s time to rewind the clocks and start all over again! But this time, Faith is taking a new approach with a whole new team of heroes to help save the day! But will these new recruits be the key to saving all of time from a calculating A.I. foe, or is history doomed to repeat itself with a failure of incalculable proportions?

Full disclosure: if you didn’t read the last issue, you’ll be lost here. Don’t expect any of the following to make sense (and expect a few spoilers).

Faith and the Future Force #2 is an interesting beast. If you read and enjoyed the first issue then this one is, quite literally, more of the same with a little bit of a skin change, so you should know exactly what to expect. Written by long time Faith scribe Jody Houser, this issue is every bit as fun and enjoyable as the first installment that had Neela Sethi recruit Faith to battle a machine that was eating history… but Faith wasn’t enough, and the hero fell to the robot. Issue #2 opens where the previous issue closed, with the Renegades having joined Faith and Neela (yeah, Faith died last issue, but Neela went to a different point in time and grabbed Faith again. Paradox? Who cares, it’s awesome) and they’re about to try again.

FFF_002_002As far as time travel style comics go, this is an enjoyable diversion from your daily life for however long it takes you to read it, whether that’s ten or fifteen minutes… Faith and the Future Force #2 carries on from the previous issue in all the right ways. Faith is still the embodiment of every comic fan and nerd in how she reacts to the world around her, and the introduction of the Renegades only brings more great little moments to the fore.

I enjoyed the last issue quite a bit, and honestly the quality doesn’t dip too much here at all in the writing department. Artistically this is equally as solid despite a slight shift in the artists involved in the production of the comic (Steven Segovia dropped off the comic for reasons not quite to me known, and Barry Kitson has been joined by Diego Bernard with Juan Castro) but the quality remains just as high as the previous issue with some brilliantly reflected nods to Valiant’s recent past as the comic progresses.

As far as time travel style comics go, this is an enjoyable diversion from your daily life for however long it takes you to read it. If you’re in you’re LCS in the next couple of days and you see this there, take a chance on the series. Faith and the Future Force #2 is a fun story that explores the intricacies of time travel and a hero’s willingness to save the world.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Barry Kitson, Diego Bernard with Juan Castro 
Colours: Ulises Arreola Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Secret Weapons #1 and Harbinger #5 Get New Printings

Valiant has announced that Harbinger Renegade #5 and Secret Weapons #1 (of 4) – two of the much-talked-about new releases setting the stage for 2018’s seismic crossover event, Harbinger Wars 2 – have once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with new printings on August 30th!

Harbinger Renegade #5 is written by Rafer Roberts with art by Darick Robertson. Secret Weapons #1 is written by Eric Heisserer with art by Raul Allen. This is the second printing for Harbinger Renegade #5 and third for Secret Weapons #1.

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #6

HARBINGER RENEGADE #6

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172070)
Cover B by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172071)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (JUN172072)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172073)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (JUN172074)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JUN172075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 9th (FOC – 7/17/17)

A HISTORIC HARBINGER MOMENT! After “MASSACRE”…witness the brutal beginning of the Renegades’ murderous new foe!

At the height of the Dark Ages, one of the world’s first psiots has made a terrible discovery: he is not alone. Lurking in the shadows, a mind as sadistic as it is powerful waits – a predator with a darkness so great, it will consume any rivals that dare reveal themselves. How will the secret of these legendary figures come to bear on the modern day… and how will it shape the catastrophic Harbinger War that is to come?!

“MASSACRE” enters an insidious interlude revealing the origin of the Valiant Universe’s greatest threat, as Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (BRITANNIA) plot the next step in the road to HARBINGER WARS 2!

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? 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.

Around the Tubes

DC Comics – DC Remembers Sam Glanzman (1924 – 2017) – Our thoughts are with his friends and family

NPR – Let’s Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels – This is a pretty great list.

Newsarama – DC’s Earth One Line Returns With Green Lantern – Looking forward to more Earth One graphic novels.

North Texas Daily – UNT comic book collection highlighted in summer exhibition – This is pretty cool to see.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Calexit#1

CBR – Dark Days: The Casting #1

Newsarama – Dark Days: The Casting #1

Comic Attack – Harbinger Renegade #5

Newsarama – War for the Planet of the Apes #1

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