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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 17/01/2016

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

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Batman: Europa #1 (DC Comics)* – Yeah, I’m three months behind here, but after dropping the lackluster Detective Comics during the last crossover, I needed some Batman this week. I was not disappointed here. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman/Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles #2  (DC/IDW)* – There is nothing wrong with this second chapter. Nothing. It’s exactly the fun comic I wanted, and I love it. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Cage Hero #3 (Dynamite) – I don’t know if this has become a  guilty pleasure for me, but I’m enjoying this series. I can’t tell if it is being deliberately tongue in cheek,or if it’s just that cheesy, but either way it’s fun. Is it worth reading? Honestly, I don’t know – the review copy is entertaining, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Faith #1 of 4 (Valiant) – My reservations on picking this comic up were utterly groundless (that of a character spun out of Harbinger – a book I’ve never read), and I should have known that before going in because it’s a Valiant comic. The first of four issues is brilliantly illustrated, with some fantastic moments within the story where Faith does what we’ve all done once or twice and imagines…. what if? This issue is fantastic, and is exactly why you need to have Valiant on your pull list. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Huck_03Holy F*cked! TPB (Action Lab) – Satan is pregnant with Jesus’ baby. But will the skate boarding son of God make it to the hospital in time, when an immortal is out to stop him? Holy F*cked! is as brilliantly wrong as it sounds, but it’s such a great collection that you can’t help but love it. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Huck #3 (Image) – Y’know I could talk about the emotional power in the largely silent opening pages, or the genuine warmth you feel when reading this, but why don’t you just buy the series so far and find out why I love this so much? Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

The Precinct #2 (Dynamite) – There’s a lot here that, in theory, I should love. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there’s a lot of boxes checked off in my “like” column this comic just didn’t do it for me. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it, but I felt it fell a bit short of the first issue. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Troop #2 (Titan) – Despite the promise shown in the first issue, I couldn’t help but feel that this comic felt familiar. The concept of a man (with a secret!) building a team of superheroes has been done before, and in enough cases it’s been done better. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Rebels #10 (Dark Horse) – Is, as far as I can tell, a standalone story. It’s also the first issue I had read, and I was impressed. Rebels is a solid offering that stands alone this week in terms of it’s setting, so if you’re looking for a comic that takes place during the Revolutionary War, then this is for you. If you’re not? Think about this anyway. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

 

Brett

Birthright13_coverAbe Sapien #30 (Dark Horse) – Beautiful art plus a new villain (at least I think he’s new), this is an issue that can be a standalone, but I’m sure will have some big impact. The Mignolaverse is one of the best out there, and this issue shows off why. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2 (DC Comics) – The comic is campy goofy fun, capturing the two series it mashes together. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – I still go back and forth with the coloring but this series has no right being as good as it is. Didn’t think it’d work, totally does. Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Birthright #13 (Image Comics) – The comic still continues to be entertaining, and there’s some solid twists and turns that have kept me on my toes. A fun fantasy comic set in the real world. Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Citizen Jack #3 (Image Comics) – Can’t say I saw that twist coming, or is that realistic at all, but the sniveling campaign staff is spot on. Fun political satire. Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

descender09_CoverArtDescender #9 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out there continues on doing so. Amazing read. Amazing art. Nuff said. Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Extraordinary X-Men #5 (Marvel)* – The series is growing on me, but it’s still missing something that makes it really stand out. I’m still interested in seeing where it goes though. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Hero Hourly #2 (21 Pulp) – How aren’t more people talking about this series. The biggest surprise of 2015 also is one of the best of 2016. Holy crap is it good. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Huck #3 (Image Comics) – When I think I have Mark Millar pegged, he does a series like this. Still waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me, but so far an amazing comic. Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Illuminati #3 (Marvel) – Turn your brain off fun. The comic is giving us some interesting villains and great banter. A fun comic that definitely entertains. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1 (Dark Horse) – I hated the first volume of Leaving Megaloppolis, and was a Kickstarter backer. The rather incomplete, abrupt ending irked me. This new volume has been so long in the making I forgot much of the series, and this new issue doesn’t give me much to care going forward. A lot feels like we’ve seen it before and little is new. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

The Massive Ninth Wave #2The Massive: Ninth Wave #2 (Dark Horse) – I’m loving this new volume of the series which shows Ninth Wave’s actions before the crash. A great comic which makes environmentalism entertaining. Plus they’re self-contained stories, even better! Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Robin War #2 (DC Comics) – The ending isn’t too shocking, especially the twist. Still, this event was entertaining and should shake things up nicely in the Bat universe. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

The Sheriff of Babylon #2 (Vertigo)* – Great police procedural comic set in Iraq’s Greenzone. I’m hooked. Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Spirited Leaves #1 (Chapter House Comics) – It reminded me of a Miyazaki animted film in many ways. A very pretty, almost poetic story. This feels like a fairy tale you might tell your child. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Squadron Supreme #3 (Marvel)* – The first issue had promise, these past two, not so much. The series is very paint by numbers in its set up after a great start. So far, one of the biggest let downs. Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

The Violent #2 (Image Comics) – Holy crap is this good. We have comic of the year material here. Just heartbreaking in so many ways. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Weirdworld #3 (Marvel)* – Could be Marvel’s best All-New, All-Different comic. Great art and a real fun story. Just fantastic writing with a great look. Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

 

Elana

Catwoman 48Catwoman #48 (DC)* It’s a good Catwoman story. It posits that NYC is a place that Gotham’s rogues steer clear of because NYC but the NYPD is just that dirty and violent (I take it the creative team’s been reading the local news). The streetscapes in this comic ring true though the grand scale of NYC’s Selina’s safe house is far too large for anyone who’s last name isn’t Wayne. The art is inky and sleek and colorist Eva De La Cruz knocks it out of the ballpark. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Princeless: Save Yourself #0. Princess Adrienne has been flying across the land on her dragon, saving other princesses and she hasn’t had much time to save herself from social norms that still weigh on her mind. This is a wonderful exploration of a girl freeing herself from beauty standards. When she chopped her hair off I absolutely cheered! Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Red Sonja #1 (Dark Horse) This is a Sonja I’ve been waiting for! Marguerite Bennett shows her in and out of her element in a great introduction. She’ll be wrestling with some interesting politics in her homeland with her fists and her brains. She’s also scoring with ladies (whoop!). Looks beginner friendly too. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy!

 

Ryan C

code pru 1Code Pru #1 (Avatar) *: Garth Ennis is back at his tasteless best here, and without the editorial constraints that hindered him from going quite as far as you know he wanted to with All-Star Section Eight (although, hey, bless him for trying, and he did manage to at least get a rapping Phantom Stranger in there). Raulo Caceres’ B&W art is superb, with richly-detailed linework and lush expressions. Not sure how the two competing/corresponding plotlines to which we’re introduced — one involving our college-age heroine, Pru, and her various roommates doing some occult dabbling and some boozing (more of the latter, of course) and the other involving an extra-dimensional Cthulhu-esque entity playing checkers and trading barbs with his captor —will come together as the series progresses, but it’ll be fun to find out. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Snow Blind #1 & #2 (BOOM! Studios)**: Ollie Masters, last seen cooking up a pretty tasty crime story with Vertigo’s The Kitchen, hops aboard the “rural noir” bandwagon that’s been growing in the wake of “Revival” with this intriguing little four-parter about a teenage kid in BF Alaska named Teddy who accidentally exposes his family to danger when posting a picture on social media leads a killer to come after them — and to the revelation that his folks have been in witness protection since before he was even born, and never bothered to mention that pesky little fact to him, even once he was old enough to understand what it meant. The first issue’s a bit of an overly-deliberate table-setter, but such is often the case with short-run books like this; in #2, the mystery really heats up and events move into a decidedly faster and more dangerous gear. The loose, sketchy art style of Tyler(“Peter Panzerfaust”) Jenkins may be an acquired taste that not everyone acquires, but I dig it and think it suits the material just fine. Overall: 6.5 (5 for issue one, 8 for issue two) Recommendation: Buy

 

Shean

manchette_fatale_coverManchette’s Fatale TPB (Titan): I am moon big sucker for Crime Noir novels and Fatale is right up that alley. The Reader is introduced to the alluring character of Melane on her many adventures throughout Europe by way of train meeting individuals of different shades of integrity. Story feels very much like a cross between a Long Kiss Goodnight and A Rage Up In Harlem. By story’s end, you not only feel for Melane but you are rooting for her to fight on for another day. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: The Interconnectedness of All Kings TPB: Supernatural detectives are everywhere in pop culture most noticeably John Constantine Jim Dresden and the greenest one, Antoine Wolfe. Dirk Gently is quite different from all these characters, as he does not take himself as seriously as he comes off as a British Lupin the 3rd. We join Dirk and his cronies as they solve a very odd case dealing with Egyptian Pharoahs. By story’s end, the reader has gone on a whirlwind trip around the world, as he realizes the world needs his skills.


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Holy F*cked TPB

HOLY F*CKED TPB

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

128 pages/ Rated: M / FC
$14.99

Jesus, Satan, and Maria were living happily ever after until a psychotic Hercules tried to murder the messiah! Now Maria must get Satan to the hospital on time and unite the righteous might of the New Apostles to stop Herc before he can slaughter Jesus.  Collecting the maniacal mayhem of HOLY F*CKED #1-4.

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Preview: Holy F*cked #4 (of 4)

HOLY F*CKED #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

32 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC
$3.99 (reg)

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT: a legendary Greek demigod battles a pissed off Argentinian nun! (Okay, maybe you didn’t actually demand it…).  Maria fights her former lover as the fate of Jesus hangs in the balance. Can she dispatch Hercules as easily as his daddy, Zeus?  Plus–what surprise does Satan have waiting at the hospital?

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Preview: Holy F*cked #3

HOLY F*CKED #3

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
32 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Hercules is driving a van full of explosives with Jesus tied up in the back. But he’s in for one hell of a ride because the New Apostles are out to stop him! Will Cosmic Moses, the Secret Pope, Mother 2resa, and the Holy Spirit halt Herc before he blows Jesus to kingdom come? Plus… can Maria get Satan to the hospital on time?

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Action Lab Entertainment in January 2016

ARCHON BOOK ONE: BATTLE OF THE DRAGON TPB

Writer(s): John J. Perez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni, Bobby Hernandez, Angela Fato, Salvatore R. Villirillo, Amanda Sykes
Cover Artist(s): Marco Maccagni

In 1981 Las Vegas is changing. The Mafia is being pushed out and Big Corporations are moving in. But something mysterious is taking up residency.

Gareth Thompson, the Archon’s new chief of security, will soon discover a mythical new world hidden behind the guise of a fantasy themed Hotel and Casino. Collects the adventure of ARCHON #1-5.

160 pgs./ Teen / FC $17.99

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Awake #3

Writer(s):  Susan Beneville
Artist Name(s): Brian Hess
Cover Artist(s): Brian Hess, Candace Prince (variant)

Regn must find a way to convince Gremon to stop destroying the planet before the whole thing disintegrates and floats away into space.  Meanwhile, on the surface, as the “natural” disasters get worse, Gen forces Picar to reveal his powers.   Beautiful variant cover by Candice Prince, limited to 1500 copies.

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.)/ $4.99 (var.)

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BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #2

Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover Artist: Bruno Oliveira

The sword-swinging sasquatch is back! Issue two finds Bigfoot and his alien sidekick as reluctant soldiers of a desolate desert outpost. Their duty? Protect the innocent from the locust-like race of moth-vampires! Variant cover by Bruno Oliveira, limited to 1500 copies!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

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THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Writer(s): Edgar Allan Poe and Enrica Jang
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” A new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tale of wine, friendship and betrayal. Includes an exciting first look at pages from the upcoming sequel to the Poe classic, The House of Montresor!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB #4

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni

The stunning conclusion to the most innovative crime noir in comics! Will Cyrus solve Michael’s murder? Will Michael finally get the peace he deserves? If you think you know how the story ends, you are DEAD WRONG.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY # 9

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Marcus Williams,  Ryan Sellers (Inker), Omaka Schultz (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Marcus Williams

The Crow King Saga: part 3 of 3–“Crow Confrontation”.  Cassiopeia has successfully reunited the Hero Cats, but now they must face their biggest challenge yet.  Don’t miss the climatic conclusion of the Crow King Saga!

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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I, MAGE #0

Writer(s):  Gary Turner
Artist Name(s): Carlos E. Gómez & Teodoro Gonzalez
Cover (Main) Artist(s): Carlos E. Gómez & Eddy-Swan
Cover (Photo Variant) Artist:  Jeff Chapman

Kai and his family are on with a scientific mission to study a primitive world of magic when an unforeseen accident devastates their vessel, leaving Kai separated from the rest of the crew. Now, with the protection of a loading dock robot, an apprentice magi and her quirky mentor, Kai must survive on a world very different from his own!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.) $4.99 (var.)

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JUST ANOTHER SHEEP #3

Writer(s): Mat Heagerty
Artist Name(s): JD Faith
Colorist: Paul John Little
Cover Artist(s): JD Faith
Variant Cover by: JD Faith

Banning and Sadie grow closer as the gang adjusts to their new life as outlaws. We flash back to one of Banning’s first meetings with the cold killing machine named Coulier. Plus, the curtain is pulled back on Les Cordes, revealing a huge deceit.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS #7

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s):  Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

Raven is down!  Katie is out!  Ximena and her team are cornered!  Sunshine and her team are about to be ambushed!  Now it’s on the rest of Raven’s crew to step up and save the day or their first adventure may be their last!

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

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HOLY F*CKED TPB

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

Jesus, Satan, and Maria were living happily ever after until a psychotic Hercules tried to murder the messiah! Now Maria must get Satan to the hospital on time and unite the righteous might of the New Apostles to stop Herc before he can slaughter Jesus.  Collecting the maniacal mayhem of HOLY F*CKED #1-4.

128 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $14.99 (reg.)

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ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDYLAND: POPTARTS

Writer(s): Dean Rankine
Artist Name(s): Dean Rankine
Cover Artist(s): regular cover Dean Rankine, variant cover (limited to 1500): Daniel Arruda Massa

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the comic book shop the Itty BItty Bunnies are back with more weirded-out, drug-induced craziness… with a soft creamy center. In this issue Phil and Tyrone have an erotic encounter with a pop tart, face off against Satan in a battle of the bands, and have to deal with mouthy kitchen appliances.

This issue also comes with a special variant cover by Daniel Arruda Massa (Holy F*ck).

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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KINGDOM BUM # 2(of 4)

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s): Jon Reed and Jen Hickman

Then: Simon takes control of the underground homeless “kingdom,” and the Ax’s thumbless victims start a phalanges-deficient support group. Now: Son, the young outsider caught up in the local drama, discovers another clue about his father only to have his search derailed when demons from the past come back to threaten the kingdom.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PUPPET MASTER #11

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover: Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Variant Cover: Glenn Lumsden (Pencils/Inks/Colors)

Face-to-face with Camille, can Anthony do what he set out to do, or will he become another victim? Are the Puppets able to help their new Master… or does Camille still have some pull with the stringless Puppets?

Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 2,000 copies each.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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TOMBOY #3

Writer(s): Mia Goodwin
Artist Name(s): Mia Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): Mia Goodwin, Variant by Tim Kaminski

Double funerals and double lives! Issue 3 of Tomboy reveals Anthony’s secret past and Addison’s murderous future, while Detective Tico is getting closer to the true identity of the Halloween Killer.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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FULL MOON PRESENTS: TRANCERS TPB

Writer(s): Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Salaza
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Salaza

In 1985 the cult sci-fi film Trancers captivated audiences and introduced the world to Jack Deth, a rogue trooper in post apocalyptic Los Angeles who is sent back in time to track down Whistler, a vicious cult leader with the power to turn people into mindless zombies.

In this all-new and action-packed graphic novel, Jack has been framed for murder. Jack must escape from a prison full of recently converted Trancers

96 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $9.99

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VAMPBLADE #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young (regular and “goo” variant), TMChu (artist variant),
Dan Mendoza (“Booty” variant), Jerry Gaylord (“Homage” variant), Andrew Mangum (“90s Cheesecake” variant)
“Goo” incentive variant cover (can order 1 for every 5 regular copies ordered): Winston Young
Artist variant cover (limited to 2000): TMChu
“Booty” variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
“Homage” variant cover (limited to 2000): Jerry Gaylord
“90s Cheesecake” Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): Andrew Mangum
“90s Cheesecake” Risque Black and White variant cover (can order 1 for every 50 regular copies ordered) Andrew Mangum

Debuting at Halloween ComicFest and in the pages of Zombie Tramp, the co-writer and artist of Zombie Tramp unleash breakout character Vampblade in her own all-new ongoing series!

When a young comic shop employee is transformed by mystical blades into a walking talking (and slicing & dicing) 90s comic book bad girl, she must quickly learn how to survive the new grotesque world the blades reveal. Now, other-dimensional parasites hidden all around us resembling the “space vampires” from the 90s comic, Vampblade, are all too real, and out for her blood!

Features regular and incentive “homage”, “booty”, artist, “90s cheesecake”, and “goo” variant covers. Retailer exclusive covers are also available; please contact your Diamond representative.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #18

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Victoria Harris
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant),
Dan Mendoza (limited, limited risque variant), Randy Kintz (artist, artist risque variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): TMChu
Mendoza variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Mendoza risqué cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Artist cover (limited to 1500): Rand Kintz
Artist risqué cover (limited to 1500): Randy Kintz

It’s the final showdown as Zombie Tramp fights to defend a harmless girl and destroy the final 3 “witch bitches” with a battle of spell-casting. But with Janey’s mouth mystically shut, can the undead queen defeat the necro-tablet mean girls in a dark magic duel without being able to cast spells herself? Find out in part 3 of “Bitch Craft”!

Features a variant and risqué variant cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, and an artist showcase variant and risqué by Randy “Rantz” Kintz .

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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Review: Holy F*cked #2: Revenge Is On The Menu

holy-f-cked-issue-2-00It feels like ages since I read the first issue of Holy F*cked. However, writer Nick Marino and artist Arruda Massa have finally brought us another amazing and insanely entertaining issue of Holy F*cked. This time, there’s more action and awesome new characters are introduced to us.

Hercules has finally reached Los Angeles and has claimed a new identity. He now goes by Thantos and claims to be from Argentina. He has managed to become a part of the lives of Jesus, Satan and Maria in order to execute his plan of revenge.

Marino has once and again graced us with consistent adult humor throughout the entire comic. Even if it’s not laugh out loud funny, the comedy is undoubtedly there.

We’re also introduced to more characters and they’re fantastic!  It truly is compelling yet entertaining to see a new and crazy twist on bibliographical and mythological characters.  Especially from a comedic perspective.

Overall, this is a great continuation from the first issue and I still hope to be reading more of these in the near future.

Story: Nick Marino Art: Arruda Massa
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Holy F*cked #2

HOLY F*CKED #2

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

32pgs/ Mature Readers /FC
$3.99 (Reg.)

We’re serving up a piping hot pile of excitement as a mild-mannered dinner party turns deadly!

Jesus and Satan are hosting Maria and her new lover, Thanatos, over for an evening of camaraderie and conversation. But Thanatos isn’t actually Thanatos… he’s Hercules! And he wants to kill Jesus.

Plus… introducing the righteous might of The New Apostles!

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Action Lab Entertainment in December 2015

ARCHON: BATTLE OF THE DRAGON #5

Writer(s): John J. Perez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni, Bobby Hernandez, Angela Fato
Cover Artist(s): Marco Maccagni

Gareth must summon the courage to quell the fury of an untamed beast while Cayde and Knight defend the innocent from that same winged nightmare. The ominous Black Mountain Complex has their All-Seeing-Eye fixed on magical beings everywhere however the specter of an ancient evil threatens to engulf them all.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #1

Writer(s): Josh S. Henaman
Artist Name(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist(s): Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain

The epic saga begins! High adventure on a distant planet of dinosaurs, warlords, kingdoms and sorcery, where Earth’s legendary Bigfoot finds himself in a battle to defeat the ruthless emperor of a barbarian planet! The dying planet needed a hero…what they got was a sasquatch!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB #3

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni

Cyrus is on the fast track to solving Michael’s murder, but there’s an unexpected curve in the road ahead. The killer is hunting him, and Death is sure to follow.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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THE F1RST HERO: FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE TPB

Writer(s): Anthony Ruttgaizer
Artist Name(s): Danny Zabbal (art), Fred C Stresing (letters/colors)
Cover Artist(s): Danny Zabbal

Jake Roth is still trying to keep his new powers a secret but when an old friend reappears, Jake is drawn into direct conflict with the Philly mafia that has its own extrahuman enforcer: a three-armed fighting machine named Odinson! Can the government’s Extrahuman Task Force be far behind? Bullets fly and bodies fall as The First Hero’s adventure continues!

128 pgs./ Teen / FC $14.99

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HERO CATS: MIDNIGHT OVER STELLAR CITY #2

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Alex Ogle

The tyrannical Crow King continues to trouble our intrepid hero. Can Midnight turn the tables and invade HIS realm? With Belle & Ro

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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JUST ANOTHER SHEEP #2

Writer(s): Mat Heagerty
Artist Name(s): JD Faith
Colorist: Paul John Little
Cover Artist(s): JD Faith
Variant Cover by: JD Faith

The sci-fi sixties thrills continue! Banning and his new pals stumble out on the lam while a mysterious agency called Les Cordes follows their every move. Plus, earth-shattering explosions, strange super powers, and high-speed car chases!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.) $4.99 (var.)

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NUTMEG, LATE FALL: BROWNIE POINTS TPB

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts

Vol. 2 “Late Fall: Brownie Points” collects issues 4-6 of Nutmeg, as Poppy and Cassia take to their brownie-baking criminal enterprise with gusto. They strike a blow against rival Saffron, but trouble’s brewing in the form of teen detectives Ginger and Anise.

The biggest obstacle, though, might just be Poppy herself. Collects Nutmeg 4-6

96 pgs./ Teen / FC $11.99 (reg.)

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PRINCELESS: MAKE YOURSELF #0

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Alex Smith
Cover Artist(s): Alex Smith

The beginning of a new chapter for Princeless! Adrienne and Bedelia have checked two of Adrienne’s sisters off of their list and they have three more rescues left to make. But sometimes the hardest fights aren’t with any monsters, but with yourself. Adrienne finally has to face an issue that she’s been struggling with for a long time.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS #6

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

Raven and her crew are in pirate country now and ready to set off in search of her brothers. But when their first stop for information and supplies turns out to be more dangerous than they expect, they may not even make it off the island alive! Variant cover limited to 2,000 copies!

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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VENTURE #4

Writer(s): Jay Faerber
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (penciller/ Inker), Jim Valentino,
Steve Walker (artists), Sébastien Lamirand (Colorist)

Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle

Reggie and Joe have gone their separate ways, but what will happen when they meet Venture’s arch nemesis. Arch-Nemesis? What Arch-nemesis?! Venture teams up with Celeste Noble of NOBLE CAUSES to take down the armored menace!

It’s an all star jam issue as Jay Faerber (Image Comics Copperhead) and Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl) enlist the aid of the legendary Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk, Guardians of the Galaxy)
and up and coming creator Steve Walker (The Battle of Blood and Ink, Sons of Liberty).

32 pgs./Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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THE 27 CLUB: A COMIC ANTHOLOGY HC

Writer(s): edited by Enrica Jang
Artist Name(s): 57 contributors, Introduction by Dianna Kenny, Mario Candelaria, Alex Cormack, Chuck Harrison, Shaun Manning , Ryan Schrodt, Erica Schultz, Jennie Wood, Jeremy Whitley
Cover Artist(s): Mark Mullaney

Stars burn bright and then go out forever, but their light shines on for ages after. Members of the “27 Club” reached musical stardom before dying at 27, including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse. This collection of original comic stories pays tribute to these lost stars and their tragic legacy.

250 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $39.99

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HOLY F*CKED #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT: a legendary Greek demigod battles a pissed off Argentinian nun!
(Okay, maybe you didn’t actually demand it…). Maria fights her former lover as the fate of Jesus hangs in the balance. Can she dispatch Hercules as easily as his daddy, Zeus? Plus–what surprise does Satan have waiting at the hospital?

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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KINGDOM BUM #1(of 4)

Writer(s): Adam Wollet and Rick Marshall
Artist Name(s): Jon Reed (pencils and inks), Jen Hickman (colors), Adam Wollet (letters).
Cover Artist(s):Main Cover: Jon Reed Variant Cover (limited to 1500): Francesca Ciregia

It’s Game of Thrones with cardboard homes as this wild new series brings an inner city’s hidden world to life in contemporary fantasy style!

First Coast City’s homeless suffer under the thumb of tyrant, Philip the Ax. As the seeds for a violent coup begin to sprout, it falls to benevolent vagabond Simon to try to stave off war and bring peace back to the alleys.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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PUPPET MASTER #10

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover: Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Variant Cover: Glenn Lumsden (Pencils/Inks/Colors)

As Anthony seeks answers, the Puppets scour the Bouldeston Institute for Camille. They are getting close, but do they truly know what they are looking for? More importantly, will they find out before it’s too late?

Glenn Lumsden cover and sketch cover, limited to 2,000 copies each

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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PUPPET MASTER: REBIRTH TPB

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Michela De Sacco (Pencils/Inks) and Yann Perrelt (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Micela De Sacco (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)

After a lifetime of being manipulated by a succession of Masters, Andre Toulon’s Puppets may have finally found a way out. Is the psychic Madam Adon the savior they have been looking for? And if so, what is the price of freedom?

REBIRTH moves the Puppet Master universe in a bold new direction! Collects issues 4-7 of the ongoing series!

128 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $14.99

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TOMBOY #2

Writer(s): Mia Goodwin
Artist Name(s): Mia Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): Mia Goodwin, Variant by Jung-Ha Kim

Addison begins to discover her true mission after the Halloween Murders while her Grandfather makes a deal with the devil to keep any witnesses.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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TRANCERS #3

Writer(s): Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Salaza
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Salaza

Time-traveling Trooper Jack Deth has defied the odds time and time again, but this might be his last stand against Whistler’s mind-controlled minions! Does Jack still have a few tricks up his sleeve? Find out here!

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #18

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Victoria Harris
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant), Dan Mendoza (limited, limited risque variant), Biran Hess (artist variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): TMChu
Mendoza variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Mendoza risqué cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Artist cover (limited to 1500): Brian Hess

Zombie Tramp heads back to school to break up the coven of teenage witches using her uploaded Necronomicon to power their tablets. But can one supernatural zombie hold her own against a gang of spell casting mean girls?!?

Features a variant and risqué variant cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, and an artist showcase variant by Brian Hess (Awake).

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING VOL. 4 TPB

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza, TMChu
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza, TMChu, Xenia Xiu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu

Zombie Tramp continues her cross country journey to Miami, and has now reached the deep South. Watch as she tears her way through bible thumpers, backwater sex cults, and bug nuts cuckoo camp slashers. Blood runs deep in the Dirty South!

Collects the fourth story arc of the wildly popular ongoing series which includes the special anniversary issue featuring the return of Zombie Tramp creator Dan Mendoza to art, and also the first issue written by regular artist TMChu!

128 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $14.99

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ZOMBIE TRAMP SAVES XXXMAS SPECIAL

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Trom
Cover Artist(s): Marcelo Trom, Dan Mendoza
Marcelo Trom regular, and risque variant cover (limited to 2500)
Dan Mendoza variant cover (limited to 1500)
Dan Mendoza risqué variant cover (limited to 2000)
Marcelo Trom variant cover (limited to 1500)
Marcelo Trom variant risqué cover (limited to 1500)

When a fat old man dressed as Santa throws Christmas raves to drug select young women to ship to the “North Pole”, only Zombie Tramp’s undead blood can stop the potent cocktail, and turn the tables on him and his perverted “elves”.

It’s time for another very special issue, it’s time for Zombie Tramp Saves XXXMas! Features three holiday themed covers, and risqué variants of each!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #44 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Ninjak #7 (Valiant): Over the past few months I have been devouring anything that Valiant has been producing, and pretty much all of it has been as good as I hoped it would be. I quite enjoyed the last issue’s (slightly) slow build up, and I can’t wait for this issue.

Batman #44 (DC Comics): Although I think it’s only a matter of time before Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl again, I’m looking forward to seeing Jock take on the Dark Knight. The only thing stopping this issue from being my top pick this week? The $4.99 price tag.

Unity #22 (Valiant): I’m actually looking forward to this for a slightly different reason; I haven’t been reading Unity – yet – because the comic has been in the middle of a story arc. This issue marks the finale of that arc, so I’ll be able to pick it up in trade form, and begin reading Unity with issue #23. Oh yes. More Valiant.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (Marvel) – It begins here! Bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, this series takes us past the destruction of the second Death Star into a world with a shattered Empire. Courtesy of writer Greg Rucka!

Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – After a hiatus that was too long, this series that tackles social issues in the form of a prison exploitation story is back. Hopefully the break has not diminished it’s excellence, but it’s near the top of my “to read” pile for the week.

Rebels #6 (Dark Horse) – Writer Brian Wood continues to bring us an entertaining and gripping look at the Revolutionary War, mixing in a bit of the philosophy behind it.

Starve #4 (Image Comics) – The world is messed up and the television show Starve mixes a celebrity chef cooking competition with excess. The characters are fascinating, and the underlying message of the series could be debated about for some time. A big middle finger to the Food Channel and all of the cooking competition shows out there.

TET #1 (IDW Publishing) – Eugene Smith is desperate to leave Vietnam behind, and begin a new life with the woman he loves. But when a fellow Marine is brutally murdered, Eugene’s plans are thrown away, forever. All’s fair in love and war, right? This crime/romance story set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed sounds too interesting to not read.

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie): Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – Probably the most important comic being made today in terms of the issues it explores like social enforcement of gender roles, racism and the prison system. In some ways it’s been a slow burn developing the story (in part because of the pace of the releases, not that it hasn’t been worth the wait). Yet the worldbuilding already feels so fleshed out. That’s probably because this dystopia is far too much like the real world of today. No wonder the series has such a loyal following.

Top Pick (tie): Phonogram the Immaterial Girl #2 (Image Comics) – Music is magic in Phonogram. Creators Gillen and McKelvie are masters at building fantastical metaphors for growing up and developing your sense of self that feel more real then any more “realist” or literal narative could ever be.

Our protagonist, Emily used her powers to exile her depressed teenage psyche to the netherverse beyond the mirror. While this gave her the hard exterior to become the Poptomistisn embracing maven she is today it also makes her past self her own worst enemy.

Last issue ended with Emily’s sad old self dragging her into Aha’s legendary “Take On Me” video video behind the screen of her TV. How will she escape? (Read my review of issue 1. A new essay is on its way)

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Last issue ended on a huge cliffhanger. Will either of the series’ two Catwomen- Eiko and Selina survive? That was a serious fall. And have you seen the stunning Kevin Wada cover of our two Catwomen tangoing? Meow.

Gotham Academy #10 (DC Comics) – Easily one of DC comics’ best books. The cast of characters and art are utterly charming. But the story also delves into real emotional turmoil that kids will recognize (& older readers will look back on and remember). The book is perfect on the perifery of the Bat world but requires no knowledge of Batman related comics to enjoy.

The Michael Moorcock Library Volume 2: The Sailors on the Seas of Fate HC Vol. 2 (Titan Comics) – This is not Conan. This is not Red Sonja. This is trippy as hell! This is the second volume of a brand new reprinting of Roy Thomas, P. Craig Russell, and Michael T. Gilbert’s take on Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic, Elric of Melniboné. While the story is quintessential 70s psychedelic sword and sorcery if you haven’t delved specifically into Moorcock’s works before it will feel utterly new to you. The work that was inspired by it is not like it. So treat yourself to this beautiful volume.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The fantastical sky pirating world of Diesel has had me excited to read it since I first heard about it weeks ago. Now, that I finally have the chance to get my hands on it I could not be more thrilled.

Batman #44 (DC Comics) – The safest pick coming out of DC right now is Batman because it has been so constantly good in the hands of Scott Snyder. And, adding one of my favorite artists Jock into the mix makes this a must read.

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Catwoman has been one of the pleasant surprises of the last few months, creating a really intriguing and exciting crime drama. I cannot stop myself from watching Selina’s criminal empire crumble and after the events in issue 43 I have to know what comes next.

Holy F*cked #1 (Action Lab – Danger Zone) – If you just want some utterly ridiculous fun while reading comics then you need to check out Holy F*cked. It is an absolute blast.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman #44 (DC Comics) – Snyder and Jock team reunited for a one off that shows Bruce back in the cowl and gives us an insight to the origin tale of Mr. Bloom. Yes I may miss Capullo for one month but this should be great!

Action Comics #44 (DC Comics) – Truth comes to an end. Will all the answers set us free? Only Kuder and Co. know.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 (Marvel Comics) – I am very pumped for this one. Now that they got through the prodding first few issues, last month really turned up the heat. We get Spidey and Annie May side by side fighting for survival of their world. I cannot wait! Let’s see that Parker luck in full force!

TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #9 (IDW Publishing) – Turtles. Color. Classics. Always there.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #3 (Marvel) – One of my favourite titles to come out of Secret Wars.  Abigail Brand is front and center, defending the SHIELD in a never ending battle from the hordes that would lay waste to Battleworld.  Issue #2 ended with Abigail seeing a familiar face leading the charge against her…can’t wait to see this go down.

A-Force #4 (Marvel) – A mysterious new ally!  A traitor in their ranks!  And the Thors are on their way to uphold the laws of Doom.  She-Hulk has fought hard for Arcadia…is she about to lose everything?  Looking forward to finding out!  This has been a fun book from the start that hasn’t disappointed.

Civil War #4 (Marvel) – Issue #3 showed us a third party pulling strings in this civil war…and the Punishers are just too damn cool.  Iron Man and Captain America are getting desperate…will either one stand victorious?  This has been a surprise hit with me; I’ve really enjoyed seeing these characters in what seems like a ‘What If?’ story.  It doesn’t feel like a tie in book, but more of a fast forward if the war went on.  If you’re not reading this one, what are you waiting for?

Review: Holy F*cked #1

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 12.48.53If you’re looking for something new, hilarious and completely original, look no further. Holy F*cked is the comic for you.  It’s an interesting blend of adult humour and a slice of life with a hint of adventure.

Set in Los Angeles, Jesus and Satan along with their friend Maria are leading happy lives.  Jesus skates, Satan’s a housewife and Maria does charity work. However when word gets around that Jesus and Satan are expecting a baby, someone in Mount Olympus is angered by this news due to a tragic past event involving Jesus and he begins his journey to stop this pregnancy.

Written by Nick Marino, the comedic dialogue is consistent throughout. The tone is friendly, entertaining with the right amount of colloquial language.  From panel to panel there wasn’t a moment I wasn’t laughing or smiling to myself.

Arruda Massa is the artist of Holy F*cked and it’s terrific.  The art is exciting, fun and wild.  It has a late 90’s/early 00’s Cartoon Network nostalgia feel to it.  Moreover it’s fascinating to see a unique and modern portrayal of Satan and Jesus in terms of how they look and dress as well as how they speak.

In addition to the great comedic content and wonderful artwork, the characters are one of the best things about Holy F*cked.  It’s intriguing to see bibliographical and mythological characters together which is another reason why it’s so innovative.  Nonetheless there could be a little bit more about the characters as well as what they’re seen doing and saying since they feel a little unfamiliar.

On the whole, Holy F*cked is absolutely glorious and this is an awesome first issue.  It’s fast pasted, lively and like I mentioned before, hilarious.

Story: Nick Marino Art: Arruda Massa
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Definite Buy!

The creators provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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