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Em Cypress “Revival” and Huck Mini-Busts Get Free Shipping Through January 31

Skelton Crew Studio have announced free shipping in the U.S. for pre-orders placed through January 31 for their Limited Edition Em CypressRevival” min-bust and Huck mini-bust.

Both are based on comic series published by Image Comics. Huck is by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque and Revival is by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

By ordering by that day you’ll also get a snagged bonus and early bird price.

Skelton Crew Studios Reveals Huck and Em Cypress Mini-Busts

Huck and Em are here!

Pre-orders open today for the Limited Edition Huck mini-bust, the ultimate good Samaritan from Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s stunning Huck series, published by Image Comics.

Huck’s featured holding his book of good deeds and perched up on a gas pump base from the 78 station where he works pumping gas when he’s not swooping in to save the day. He’s 8 inches tall, designed by Rafael Albuquerque and studio head Israel Skelton, and beautifully sculpted by Tony Cipriano.

THE ULTIMATE SWEET BONUS: The first 100 pre-orders will receive a FREE, hand-scripted “Please Love Him” note from Rafael Albuquerque signed on the back by both Rafael and Mark Millar!

After that first 100 are gone, pre-orders placed thru Jan. 25 will receive a custom printed “Please Love Him” card signed on the back by Mark and Rafael!

And keeping the awesome rolling: Revival‘s Em Cypress is the badass heroine of Tim Seeley and Mike Norton‘s amazing series, also published by Image.

Em’s limited edition mini-bust is featured in her classic skull hoodie, clutching a bloody scythe, with a creep sneaking up her back. She’s 6 inches tall, designed by Mike Norton and Israel Skelton, and sculpted by Arlen Pelletier with a crazy attention to detail.

SWEET BONUS: Pre-orders placed by Feb. 14 will receive a custom toe tag signed by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton!

Want to grab them, get the pre-order incentives and put off half the bill for later? Check out the details in The 50/50 Club.

Around the Tubes: A Wayward Board Game, DC’s Hiring, and Comics in College

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things do folks have planned? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for work to end, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Comichron – How comics sales have changed across time; new pages tracking benchmark levels added – Some great info!

ICv2 – ‘Wayward’ Board Game Based on Comics – Cool to see this translated into a game.

ICv2 – 70,000 Copies of ‘My Favorite Things Is Monsters’ – Congrats!

Newsarama – Want to Edit the Batman Titles? DC is Hiring – There’s a job opening!

The Beat – Conservative pundits are tut-tutting about teaching comics in college – Don’t they tut-tut education in general?

 

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IGN – Deadpool: Bad Blood

Talking Comics – The Flash #22

Comic Attack – Huck

Mark Millar and Skelton Crew team up for Huck

Mark Millar and Skelton Crew Studio are excited to announce that they’re bringing Maine’s hometown hero, Huck, to life.

The star of Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s hit comic series Huck will be available as a limited edition mini-bust this winter.

Huck will stand about 8 inches tall, holding his book of good deeds, perched upon an antique gas pump.

Check out the Skelton Crew Studio site for work-in-progress shots and release details as they become available.

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Huck_06-1The weekend is almost here and while you count down the hours, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Jamie Rich: Vertigo is “alive and kicking” – Good to hear!

PBS Newshour – Why we need plus-sized superheroes like Faith Herbert – Yes, yes we do need Faith.

Comics Alliance – Syfy Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’ Nears Pilot Order With David Goyer – This is still happening?

Newsarama – Dear HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: May We Have a Word About ‘Cultural Appropriation’? – An interesting read.

StreetsBlog – Insane Comic Books Warn Phoenix Children That Biking Will Kill Them – Uh…

 

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CBR – All-New Hawkeye #6

The Outhousers – Huck #6

 

Review: Huck #6

Huck_06-1In the final issue of Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s feel good Americana-meets-Cold War era mad scientists tale Huck, there is plenty of punching and hugging as Huck and his mom fight the cyborg creations of Professor Orlov and try to make it back home. The plot sounds like the plot of a cheesy mid-1980s movie, but Millar makes sure the story doesn’t get too dragged down in spycraft and science fiction as he and Albuquerque focus on how Huck is still a good person even though he was originally created to be a bloodhound for a Soviet Union. Albuquerque’s art shows the larger than life nature of both Huck and his mom’s in a riveting hand to hand fight scene ending in a Superman-worthy feat of strength while he and colorist Dave McCaig set Huck #6 apart from most end of arc superhero stories with a beautiful epilogue showing Huck’s return to doing daily good deeds. It’s safe to say that he has a lot to catch up on after last issue’s backstory explosion.

Huck #6 is an example of Rafael Albuquerque’s versatility as an artist. His heavy inked style can work for horror stories like American Vampire along with science fiction stories like and a genre “Venn Diagram” comic like Huck. (Not to mention his less heavy inks on Blue Beetle  back in the mid-2000s.) Albuquerque’s art is close to painting in this comic, but with much more motion and articulation. You can feel the strength behind each punch that Huck throws, and McCaig pours on a conflagration of orange and yellows to show the inhuman beams that Huck’s “brother” pelts him with. But the amount of punishment that Huck takes adds to the feeling of catharsis when he and his mom get the upper hand against their attackers as Albuquerque shows his face wrinkle in anger before cutting to him grabbing his opponent’s fist. Huck is the actual, nicest guy on Earth, but when you mess with his mom, it’s going to be trouble.

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Millar and Albuquerque making Orlov’s goons robots reminds me a lot of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Justice League cartoons in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the writers and animators would make the bad guys robots to let high powered characters, like Wolverine or Superman, get to let loose without killing. And this is what Huck and his mom do throughout the issue finding the better way to defeat their enemies without going Punisher or Zod neck snap on them. The way that they eventually deal with Orlov is a quite clever use of Huck’s mother’s abilities as she has the more subtle power of persuading people by touching them versus Huck’s feats of strength and tracking ability.

But honestly, the best part of Huck #6 isn’t the final showdown between the heroes and villains even though Albuquerque zooming out and using an entire page to show Huck throwing a lamp post down a crowded highway is pretty spectacular or its cryptic final page cliffhanger. No, what makes Huck a solid comic is its inspirational protagonist, who doesn’t just make speeches about helping people, but does it without pomp and circumstance even though he does have a bit of media attention after one of his neighbors leaked the news about his powers. And the final pages of the issue is Huck just helping people out in various ways between panels of his smiling face and honest eyes. (McCaig gives them a beautiful shade of blue.) It’s a sweet conclusion without being saccharine and a wonderful bookend to his actions in Huck #1.

Huck #6 boasts rich, textured art and colors from Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig and will probably make you smile. (Unless you’re an incurable cynic.) It is up there with Starlight as Mark Millar’s best work in his post-Marvel era, and I look forward to the day it’s made into a film starring Channing Tatum.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Rafael Albuquerque Colors: Dave McCaig Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 7.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dept H #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.

Patrick

Top Pick: Dept. H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s work would be enjoyable even if they published the book with all the words spelled backwards. His visual storytelling inspires the mind and the inner artist. His new direction with this book is very exciting.

All-New Hawkeye #4 (Marvel) – Do you ever feel like people who read Hawkeye hit you over the head with how good it is? That they just don’t shut up about? Because if you’re not reading Hawkeye, somebody SHOULD be hitting you over the head until you are. Notify me and I’ll get someone on that. I’ve been very happy with this Lemire’s work following Faction’s run.

BEK: Black-Eyed Kids #1 (Aftershock) – I have really been enjoying Aftershock each month. Their new book will hopefully be as creepy and unnerving as the cover.

Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – There’s something about Clean Room, something about it’s grotesque imagery yet clean visuals that allows this horror story to really stand out. I enjoyed the first arc and I really feel like Gail Simone has built a strong foundation to build upon.

Tokyo Ghost #6 (Image) – If Sean Murphy keyed my car once a month, I would still look forward to seeing it. If Rick Remender was telling him what to do with the key, I would not only continue to pay $4 a month to see how it had turned out, I would gladly explain it all to Hyundai when my lease was up.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – I’ve only just finished the first Divinity, and it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to get started on this. Cannot bloody wait.

Bloodshot Reborn #12 (Valiant) – The current story arc, The Analog Man, features some of the best looking artwork out there. It’s also a cool story with a very Mad Max aesthetic.

Howard The Duck #6 (Marvel) – Always a treat to read this series; Zdarsky’s humour is right up my alley.

Huck #6 (Image) – The first of two Superman like characters on this list, Huck is one of the better Millar books of recent times (of course I haven’t read the Jupiter series yet). Even though this s the final issue, I have no idea how it’ll all wrap up, especially because it feels like it’s only just about begun.

Hyperion #2 (Marvel) – Is here for the same reason it was last month. Hyperion may hit someone with a transfer truck swung like a baseball bat.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #9 (Marvel) – I have been really enjoying this book from the get go, and I’ll admit when I heard time travel in the story, I rolled my eyes. HOWEVER, I am really looking forward to see the X-Men in the future, joined by their teacher, facing off against Apocalypse and his horsemen; I always enjoy seeing new mutants imagined as horsemen and how they fit the roles of war, famine, pestilence and death.  I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

Captain Marvel #4 (Marvel) – I’m a huge fan of Carol, and Abigail Brand is always a welcome addition to any title…but to be honest, my biggest draw to this book is Alpha Flight!  Well the three members we have; Aurora, Sasquatch and Puck have been out of the pages for far too long.  All the reboots and re-launches going on, why hasn’t anyone taken a look at Alpha Flight?  There is major potential there…just saying.

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Even with the American Kaiju and the New Avenger’s Power Rangers inspired mecha robot *yawn*, this title has definitely picked up steam with the tie in to Pleasant Hill.  These Avengers are fighting in the name of A.I.M., we should be rooting for them, right?  Lines are being drawn, not just with the team, but all the Avengers, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see this title stepping up.

Uncanny Inhumans #7 (Marvel) – I’m really liking the idea of Black Bolt’s ‘Quiet Room’, and really enjoyed that last issue showing the various Inhumans helping him keep the piece in his club.  And now there is an investigation under way…and the Capo., thought dead, is making a play to regain his power.  Never a dull moment for ol’ Black Bolt.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – I only read it with the lights on. This sure to be disturbing issue is an Astrid stand alone story.

East of West #25 (Image) – Year two comes to an end after three years. Wait that does’t sound right. Double-checked, it’s an accurate statement. Hickman and Dragotta get a pass because it is damn good apocalyptic storytelling.

Gutter Magic #4 (IDW Publishing) – The end to another good story. Only four issues of this epic sci-fi/fantasy alternative history epic. I got my fingers crosses for future arcs.

Karnak #3 (Marvel) – If you are going to make me wait for like five months, then it better be good. This new philosophically bent Karnak is a blast to read—that is when an issue finally makes it to market.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Superman: American Alien #6/Superman: Lois and Clark #7 (DC Comics) – The best two Superman comics DC has going right now. Both in their own ways are great explorations of the characters and both show off what makes him great.

Captain Canuck #8 (Chapter House Comics) – Every issue is fun and entertaining. Great superhero comics without the gritty grim.

Carver: Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Just awesome gritty noir.

Dept H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s new series? Done! Did you read his Mind MGMT from Dark Horse? It’s excellent. This first issue is excellent. An absolutely must buy.

Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – The first volume was absolutely amazing and this is a series I’ve been looking forward to since its announcement. I’m expecting nothing but excellence here.

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huck05-cover-webIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you enjoy? What didn’t you like? Sound off in the comments!

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People’s World – Radical plots in our comics? Marvel goes there – Interesting read.

CBLDF – Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court – Go read and suppor the CBLDF.

The Guardian – Ta-Nehisi Coates promises ‘dramatic upheaval’ in new Black Panther comic series – Who else is looking forward to this?

The Beat – Penguin Random House Foundation is offering $22,500 in scholarships for graphic novel program – Very cool stuff.

 

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Comic Vine – Extraordinary X-Men #8

The Outhousers – Huck #5

Comic Vine – International Iron Man #1

IC2 – The Only Living Boy Vol. 1

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 20/2/2016

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

Kennel_Block_Blues_001_A_MainKennel Block Blues #1 (Boom!) Was a pretty odd comic about an anthromorphic dog living in a state of  half hallucinated reality as he enters prison. It’s good, and  it is worth looking into, but likely more a “wait for the trade” kind of book. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Last Contract #2 (Boom!) A comic about a retired hitman getting back into the game long after his retirement, The Last Contract has been a fantastic ride so far, with the eighty-plus year old killer taking no shit from anybody. Well aware of his physical limits, he’s a refreshing change from protagonists that can take on the world with their hands behind their back. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Gutter Magic #2 (IDW) This has got to be one of the most entertaining comics I’ve read in a long time. The art is fantastically detailed without being overly cluttered, and the characters are inhabiting a rich and vibrant world that feels fully formed before you turn the page. Highly, highly recommended. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Deluge #2 Is an indie comic set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After reading the first issue, I’d actually thought it was just a one shot comic until I saw this. I actually found that the second issue was more enjoyable than the first, and I liked the first issue’s story about an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the New Orleans underworld amidst a layer of corruption from the local police. It’s a solid book that deserves a wider audience than it’ll end up getting. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #8 (Dynamite) I have nothing to say here that hasn’t already been said. A solid comic book that’s well written, well drawn, and above all it’s very, very fun. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Huck04_CvrBHuck #4 (Image) I just… wow. Just wow. Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy it now, or buy the trade. You need to own this.

Black Hood #9 (Dark Circle) Is a solid comic. It’s not my favourite comic from this publisher (that honour belongs to The Fox), but it’s a very good gritty vigilante thriller with a hero who is very much just a man. A decent series that’s worth checking out. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

 

Elana

Catwoman #49 (DC)* When the Messina/Valentine creative team ended their landmark run of Catwoman as a crime boss I thought Catwoman would go down hill. And while the comic did return to its roots with a far more traditional Catwoman story it’s still a really good comic! It’s a smart, interesting story suspensefully told. The lines are almost delicate and the splash pages pack in far more visual information that you think at first glance. Selina fighting Croc in front of a Nosferatu billboard? That’s cool! And the intrigue is high. I keep reading because it’s quality comics. So should you. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

 

Ryan C

American Monster #2 (Aftershock) *: Brian Azzarello and Juan Doe’s journey into the dark underbelly of America’s sleaziest small town continues with some revelations of both the major and minor variety that will serve to suck readers into the web they’re spinning ever deeper. Two issues in, I remain convinced that this has the potential to be Azzarello’s best series since “100 Bullets,” and Doe’s art, while first striking me as being a bit too “cartoonish” for the dark subject matter, is quickly starting to grow on me. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

american monster 2Lucifer #3 (Vertigo) *: The devil went to The Dreaming, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. Oh, and a damn good story — Gaiman-esque myth-spinning anchors one of Holly Black’s two main plot threads while the other, involving a trapped demon on Earth scheming to be set free, is pure Delano-era “Hellblazer.” Combine the two with Lee Garbett’s fun-yet-appropriately-grim artwork and a guest appearance by Matthew the Raven (who just turned up in his human form in the latest issue of “Swamp Thing”) and you’ve got yourself a heck — sorry, hell — of a book here. They say everything old is new again, and after three issues this series is proving that to be absolutely true. Overall: 8  Recommendation: Buy

The Tithe #8 (Image/Top Cow) **: Not a bad extra-length issue from writer Matt Hawkins and artists Rashan Ekedal and Phillip Sevy, but not a great one, either. The problem with the whole “Islamophobia” story arc isn’t that it was poorly done, just that it only had one big revelation in store and it gave that away in the opening installment. After that, we knew exactly where events were headed, and they simply proceeded to go there. It apparently pissed off a handful of right-wing dumbfucks online, though, so points to the creators for at least raising the blood pressure of all the right people. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read.

The Shield #2 (Dark Circle) : Normally I’d say this isn’t a half-bad little issue because, well, it isn’t, but given that the gap between numbers one and two was something like five or six months in length, it should have — perhaps even needed to — return with a big splash, and it didn’t. I’m sure Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig’s script was “in the can” some time ago, but some tinkering around the edges to re-engage readers into the storyline more fully would have been welcome, and the art-by-committee approach with Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder doing the first half of the book and Al Barrionuevo taking over the second half is jarring and messy. Still, we’ve got a Steve Rude painted cover as one of the variants this time out, so how petty am I for bitching about anything? Dark Circle’s been plagued with delays on pretty much all of their titles barring “The Black Hood,” though, so Archie really needs to get their shit together with this line or it will die the same quick death that these characters always seem to bring upon themselves in one decade after another. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read

 

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Bill and Ted Go To Hell#1 (Boom!): we catch up with the Wild Stallyns shortly after their adventures in the Triumphant Return.Colonel Oats and gang of baddies are enroute to Hell , kidnapping Bill And Ted’s buddy, the Grim Reaper, with them. The boys have to call on the help of Rufus and company to rescue him. By issue’s end , there is a bigger plan in play, than either of them expected. Overall:9.3 Recommendation: 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 (**).

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone looking forward to? We’ll have our picks up in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – The Black Comic Book Festival drew 5000 people – Heard some great things about this.

GamePolitics – Supreme Court will hear Microsoft’s appeal over Xbox 360 disc-scratching lawsuit – Interesting.

Kotaku – When Politicians Campaign with Anime – This is awesome.

The Outhousers – Deadpool Movie Banned in China – Shocker?

Geeks Out – The Avengers: Infinity War We Deserve – What do you want to see?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bam Smack Pow – Faith #1

CBR – Huck #3

CBR – Injection #6

Batman News – Red Hood/Arsenal #8

CBR – The Walking Dead #150

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