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Mini Reviews For Week Ending 11/29

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

all new wolverine 2All-New Wolverine #2* wasn’t as captivating for me as the first issue. It did advance the story a fair bit, perhaps more so than the first issue, and there was some nice glimpses into Laura’s life away from the X-Men and her skill set. But it just felt… lacking to me. Perhaps a victim of my own high expectations? If you read this comic, I genuinely hope you enjoy it more than I did. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1* – Yeah, this series is going to be amazing. The set up this issue is fantastic. Overall Rating: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy now so you don’t have to play catch up later

Tempered Steele #1 looks like it came straight out of the 90’s. It probably could have stayed there. Overall Rating: 6 Recommendation: Pass

 

Brett

Angela: Queen of Hel #2 * The comic has fantastic art, which is generally better than the story which feels a little plodding. It has some of the narrative issues that I found irritating in The Mighty Thor in its last run. Still, the concept is interesting and I want to see what a Hel is like with Angela in charge. I’m just not sure I’ll stick around to actually see that. Overall Rating: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

All-New Wolverine #2* – I wasn’t blown away by the first issue and the second doesn’t quite do it for me either. Again, the comic feels like its cribbed a bit from Orphan Black, but missing what makes that show fun. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Batman: Endgame #1 Director’s Cut – The comic initially was a solid read, so to be able to check it out again, this time with notes from the creators and a look at the pencils is really cool. I’d love to see more of these types of releases especially in trades and graphic novels. The pencils especially are amazing to look at. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 * – The second issue feels a lot like Ghostbusters in many ways. In fact dump Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston and it’d totally be exactly that. It’s not a bad thing, and that type of comic is missing from the Marvel line-up. The comic is decent fun, didn’t quite blow me away, but the concept is interesting. I’d maybe prefer a more hardcore horror vibe and look, but I’m interested in still seeing where the series goes. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

 

Superman #46* – I can see what writer Gene Luen Yang is going for in the current arc. There’s an attempt to talk about the mythology of the superhero through a fight club. It’s an interesting concept, but the execution doesn’t quite work for me. Also Superman’s return is being choreographed a bit too much. Just not clicking. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 * – The comic continues to be very cute and fun. It continues to find humor in the small things, and the writing is top notch when it comes to that. Just a solid fun comic that pulls of its goal of entertaining through humor. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

 

 

Elana
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The Fadeout #11 – The best noir comic. One point that needs to be repeated is that frequently when watching film noir or reading crime fiction there is a certain sense of alienation that the reader experiences from the subject matter. Here that’s not the case. I really care about the characters, the screenwriter protagonist, his friend the blacklisted screenwriter. But especially the women– both living and dead. It makes the cliffhanger at the end of this issue really hard! Stunning period perfect art too. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Kaptara #5 – Super fun He-Man on acid with a queer sensibility. The art reveals more and more the longer you look at it. Seriously, go back and look over former issues to see funny and inventive details you missed. The final two page spread presents a cast of villain characters that’s quite something to behold! Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – Funny and emotional too. I’m sure many kids in comic reading demographics will identify with Lunella’s problems at school (“too smart for her own good”). I’m glad to see key aspects of Kirby’s original designs and worldbuilding are still there. And boy do we need more protagonists like Lunella. I’d give it an 8.5 for kids.

 

Mr H

DKIII promo image SDCCDark Knight III: The Master Race #1* – Wow. All I could think while reading this is, why couldn’t this be what the Dark Knight Strikes Again have been? The art by Kuburt fantastically channels Miller in many shots (especially the long ones) I enjoyed seeing Diana and Lara again too. I liked the use of texting and social media in a stylized manner to tell the story’s introduction. I won’t spoil the ending but the cliffhanger was epic. The back up story drawn by Miller featuring The Atom was great too. This book was worth the wait. Only problem is I have another wait until the next one! Overall Rating: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Shean

Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven TPB – I was a huge fan of wrestling when I was a child so definitely was hyped about this trade. Read the TPB by First Second, which was great , so was not sure how good this was going to be, in my opinion it surpassed it. Excellent overview of Andre’s life by Brandon Easton. Remarkable illustrations by Denis Medri.
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Definitely Buy

 


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 (**).

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone enjoy reading? While you decide on that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Teen Vogue – I’m a Girl, and I’m a Huge Fan of Comic Books — Here’s Why You Should Be Too – Awesome to see this, especially in Teen Vogue.

GamePolitics – Rep. Katherine Clark urges SXSW to reinstate panel about online harassment – Bets as to when SXSW backtracks completely?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batgirl #45

Newsarama – Batgirl #45

Comic Vine – Batman & Robin Eternal #4

Comics Beat – The Black Hood #6

CBR – Black Magick #1

CBR – Fight Club 2 #6

Comics Vine – Grayson #13

Comic Vine – Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Comic Vine – Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

Comics Beat – Welcome to Showside #1

Review: Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Howling_Commandos_of_SHIELD_1_CoverHidden deep beneath AREA 13 lies the clandestine headquarters of S.T.A.K.E.–a top secret division of S.H.I.E.L.D. housing aliens, mythical beasts, and all manner of extra-normal entities. Under the command of legendary soldier Dum Dum Dugan, these monsters step out of the shadows and defend the world against supernatural threats too dangerous for normal men as THE ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.!

I’ll straight up say, if the thought of Zombie Jasper Sitwell, Teen Abomination, Manphibian, Vampire by Night, Orrgo, Hit-Monkey, Man-Thing, Warwolf, and the LMD Dum Dum Duggan doesn’t put a smile on your face, this comic is not for you.

Written by Frank Barbiere with art by Brent Schoonover, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 had me smiling throughout, and at parts straight up giggling in the absurdity (and fun) of it all. I loved Man-Thing’s inclusion in a previous incarnation of the Thunderbolts, and Hit-Monkey’s various mini-series had me entertained. To me, those two were the draws for me, but the use of Dum Dum, especially post LMD (life model decoy) revelation, and Orrgo are break outs in the issue. Orrgo especially had me laughing at his statements and I hope Barbiere plays up the character more and sees the potential that I do.

This first issue is very much that, tons of potential. There’s lots of bright spots, and some so-so, thankfully more of the former than the latter.

Schoonover’s art is entertaining and he captures a lot of the kinetic fun of it all. Some of the art is really solid and it matches the comedic nature of a lot of it with a slightly cartoon look to it. Basically, the art does a great job matching the vibe.

The first issue is a solid start. It definitely had the comedic and fun moments I was hoping for, and you can see Barbiere working through how the team will gel together. It’s a menagerie of characters that I wondered how they’d work together, and we’re seeing the answer is quite well. An entertaining start that has me interested in seeing what comes next.

Story: Frank Barbiere Art: Brent Schoonover
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BlackMagick01_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.

Alex

Top Pick: Book Of Death #4 (Valiant Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series I’ve read over the past few months, and this issue is somewhat bitter sweet; I don’t want it to end, but I really want to see how it ends… if you haven’t read this series, then grab the trade.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – A drug addicted cop and a brutal vigilante. The Black Hood is both of those, struggling to take the fight beyond the law as he battles his own demons. Duane Swierczynski has been praised for his portrayal of addiction with this series, and I can’t wait to find out why.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel) – One of the most intriguing All-New, All-Different Marvel releases, what’s drawing me is a group of of characters that make me smile (Hit-Monkey!) being written by Frank Barbiere with art by Brent Schoonover. Comics are supposed to be fun, and that’s exactly what this one seems like it’ll be to me.

Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – Greg Rucka writing, Nicola Scott on art. Ruck doing a gothic-noir series with a female lead? Yeah, this is a no-brainer for me.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – This darker line of superhero comics from Archie have been knocking it out of the park. A dark noirish hero, this comic begins a new story arc. Every issue has been entertaining mixing a modern sensibility with its pulp roots.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – One of DC’s best recent releases, each issue mixes superhero antics, but also has given me thought about the character of Cyborg himself and how reflects upon me and my life. Entertainment as a reflection of ourselves, a definite read.

Prez #5 (DC Comics) – I love my politics, and of course this is on my list. The satire series hits WAY too close to home, and the 2016 Presidential election doesn’t feel that far off from this political send-up set in the future.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – The first ever “witch noir”! A new series from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Both excel at writing and drawing (respectively), fascinating, believable female characters. This dream team is can’t miss and the genre sounds like fun.

Angela Queen of Hel #1 (Marvel) – Look at these beautiful queens! Look at the adorable queer women in flawlessly painted art by Stephanie Hans! The best new couple in Marvel is back in black. In hell.

Batgirl #45 (DC Comics) – Big Queer Wedding Issue! This is a comics first: an Asian-American bisexual trans woman marrying her redheaded activist fiancée. And Dick Grayson will show up. Get ready to throw rice and munch on popcorn at the same time.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 (Marvel) – Captain America has always been a progressive hero (listen to our podcast for more on that) and this new series has African-American war vet superhero Sam Wilson in the drivers seat making his own political statements. Good.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – The surprise hit comic full of socially aware sci-fi. Can Vic make peace with the people who KILLED him? Why does society always expect black men to make piece with their oppressors? Also, the highly silver-age and adorable Metal Men showed up last issue.

Island #4 (Image Comics) – Out there art. Multiple Warheads. A new story about a city kid with wings that kinda made me cry.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Colder: Toss the Bones #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – I don’t like scary things but, this comic is so good I keep coming back to it. The psychological horror of Nimble Jack keeps has me peeking through my blanket to see what he’s going to do next. If you like horror, this is one of the better comics out today.

Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not normally a fan of spin-offs for large crossover events like the Darkseid War. But, I’ve enjoyed the main series a lot and Batman as the god of knowledge is a concept I am really excited to see fully play out.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – There is no real logic behind why I am excited for the new Squirrel Girl comic. It could be it’s very self aware cover claiming this is only it’s second #1 so far this year (well played Marvel), or it could be that I am excited to take a flyer on a quirky and fun looking new story. Sometimes, the latter is all you need.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – The true itteration of the almighty Bat-God is here. I couldn’t be more pumped for this. An all knowing and stubborn Batman on Metron’s chair. I think I just squeaked. Hopefully we get good use of the ultimate knowledge and maybe even the Joker’s real name. Just coolness x2.

Batman and Robin Eternal #4 (DC Comics) – Hoping this is the week we get an answer to that cliffhanger bomb from issue #1. At the very least I want to see bearded Bruce Wayne kick some ass. I know it’s going to be a slow burn for this epic but I want some good stuff on the plate now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #51 (IDW Publishing) – New era. New Direction. What awaits our half-shelled heroes going forward? Well I can’t wait to find out. Gonna read this one with a hot pie!

 

 

There’s a New Team in Town in Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1!

This October, to fight the monsters of this world, we need the monsters of the night! Marvel has released a first look at Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – the brand new series from writer Frank Barbierie and Brent Schoonover!

Hidden deep beneath Area 13 lies the clandestine headquarters of S.T.A.K.E. – a top-secret division of S.H.I.E.L.D. housing aliens, mythical beasts and all manner of extra-normal entities. Under the command of the legendary soldier Dum Dum Dugan, these monsters will step out of the shadows to defend the world against all things that go bump in the night. Supernatural threats may be too much to handle for ordinary men and women, but this top-secret squad is anything but ordinary. Strap in, hold on, and get ready to meet the all-new, all-different Howling Commandos.

HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (AUG150776)
Written by FRANK BARBIERE
Art & Cover by BRENT SCHOONOVER
Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY (AUG150777) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG150778)
Kirby Monster Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO (AUG150779)
Hip-Hop Variant by WILFRED SANTIAGO (AUG150780)
Design Variant by BRENT SCHOONOVER (AUG150781)
FOC – 10/05/15, On-Sale 10/28/15

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Marvel’s Kirby Monster Variants this October

When monsters ruled the Marvel Universe, the wildly imaginative brain and pencil of Jack Kirby brought dozens upon dozens of these creatures to life. Monster comics may be a thing of the past, but Marvel is celebrating their legacy this October with over twenty-five Kirby Monster Variants coming to some of Marvel’s biggest new titles! Featuring some of the industry’s most legendary and iconic artists, witness the inimitable imagination of Jack Kirby brought to life by Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Art Adams, Eric Powell, Simon Bisley, Cliff Chiang and many, many more!

October also sees the release of Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants…..

Groot! Fin Fang Foom! Orrgo! Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom! Look for these exciting  Kirby Monster Variants coming later this year:

  • A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
  • Avengers #0 Devil Dinosaur Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by PAUL POPE
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 Elektro Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
  • Amazing Spider-Man #2 Infant Terrible Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
  • Ant-Man #1 Scarlet Beetle Variant by TRADD MOORE
  • Captain America: White #3 Jinni Demon Variant by GLENN FABRY
  • Civil War #5 Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom Variant by JOHN CASSADAY
  • Contest of Champions #1 Xemnu the Titan Variant by DAN BRERETON
  • Doctor Strange #1 Awesome Android Variant by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Extraordinary X-Men #2 Yeti Variant by PHIL NOTO
  • Groot #5 Quonian Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Groot Variant by MIKE ALLRED
  • House of M #4 Kraa the Unhuman Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
  • Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Orrgo Variant by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
  • Invincible Iron Man #2 Fin Fang Foom Variant by MARK BROOKS
  • Karnak #1 Rommbu Variant by ERIC POWELL
  • Ms. Marvel #19 Wrecker’s Robot Variant by CLIFF CHIANG
  • New Avengers #2 The Blip Variant by SIMON BISLEY
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 Poker Face Variant by JAMES STOKOE
  • Sam Wilson, Captain America #2 Zetora Variant by TONY MOORE
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Hypno-Creature Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • Spider-Man 2099 #2 Ulvar Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Thorr Variant by CHRIS BACHALO
  • Uncanny Avengers #1 Mangog Variant by GEOF DARROW
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Vandoom’s Monster Variant by ART ADAMS