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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.
Batman Annual #1 (DC) I’m a huge fan of annuals like this; a collection of short stories with a central theme that give you a break (a Christmas break…?) from the main Batbooks. There isn’t a bad story here, and with the level of talent involved that’s hardly surprising. A thoroughly enjoyable comic that anybody with a passing interest in Batman will enjoy whether you’re following the main books or not. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Ghost Rider #1 (Marvel) If, like me, you’ve been exposed to Robbie Reyes through the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, then prepare to be somewhat disappointed. The character is almost unrecognisable from the TV show aside from the fact that both are mechanics, and both sometimes have a flaming skull head; if I’m honest, I prefer the live action portrayal over the comic version. That being said, this first issue is perfectly serviceable, but it’s unlikely to set the world on fire. Pun unintended. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Read… maybe?
Masked #1 (Titan) An interesting start that shows a lot of promise. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Revolution #5 (IDW) When you think of climactic final battles in crossover events, this issue will be the bar of comparison. SO MUCH is going on in every panel; it’s a glorious smorgasboard of action, although there are some details that get lost it’s nothing that will pull you away from the story. A fantastic conclusion. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy the whole miniseries – you don’t need to be familiar with any of the characters to enjoy it.
Adventure Time: Islands (Boom! Studios) – I guess I didn’t realize how behind I’ve been on Adventure Time until I read this on a whim and found myself Googling everything involved in this story. Still, like many of the Adventure Time OGNs, the story ended up being very charming and touching. Jo is a particularly intriguing heroine and it would be nice to see what happens to her in the future. Overall rating: 7 Recommendation: Read
The X-Files #8
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
“Came Back Haunted,” Part 3 of 4: In search of Mulder, Scully travels to Europe where each uncovers unpleasant secrets. And what connection does Firas Ben-Brahim have to both?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge: Timeless Tales, Vol. 2
Romano Scarpa, Giorgio Cavazzano, Mau Heymans, Lars Jensen, Joe Torcivia, Jonathan Gray (w & a) • Mark de Jonge & Henrieke Goorhuis (c)
Whether he’s battling a malevolent mummy or keeping one breast-stroke ahead of Earth-drowning floods, Scrooge McDuck knows that his money comes first—and he’ll do anything to keep it safe, especially with the Beagle Boys, rival tycoons, and hex-happy Magica De Spell lurking about! It’s IDW’s Uncle Scrooge #7–12 in a special collectors’ hardcover: epic Disney tales by Romano Scarpa, Giorgio Cavazzano, and more, plus bonus Scroogian extras assembled just for this book. “Burst me bagpipes!”
HC • FC • $29.99 • 256 pages • 7.25” x 10” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-672-0
The Theory of the Grain of Sand
Benoit Peeters (w) • François Schuiten (a & c)
The second book of The Obscure Cities series following The Leaning Girl. Gholam Mortiza Khan comes to Brüsel to sell some jewelry, but before the sale can be closed, Khan dies in an accident. Thus begin events sparking an investigation by Mary von Rathen: accumulation of sand in the apartment of Kristin Antipova; accumulation of stones in the house of Constant Abeels, and Maurice who is loosing weight by the day. The events have a catastrophic effect on Brüsel and time is of the essence.
Newly translated into English by Ivanka Hahnenberger and Steve Smith (translator of The Leaning Girl and The Beauty) and edited by Smith and Karen Copeland at Alaxis Press for publication by IDW.
TPB • PC • $19.99 • 128 pages • 9.375” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-489-4
Mickey’s Craziest Adventures
Lewis Trondheim, David Gerstein, Ivanka Hanenberger (w) • Nicolas Keramidas (a & c)
It’s a “lost” 1965 Disney epic, deemed too wild for publication and saved only in tantalizing fragments… or is it? When Pegleg Pete and the Beagle Boys shrink and steal Scrooge’s Money Bin, Mickey and Donald must track them down—in what is really a brand-new album-length thriller by comics masters Lewis Trondheim and Nicolas Keramidas: told in an amazing indy style and presented like a treasure suspended in time!
HC • FC • $14.99 • 48 pages • 9” x 12” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-694-2
Mickey and Donald: The Search for the Zodiac Stone
Bruno Sarda (w) • Massimo De Vita, Franco Valussi (a) • Jonathan H. Gray (c)
It’s an epic-length Disney Comics treasure hunt—complete in one book for the first time! When Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge McDuck team up to find and reassemble the twelve pieces of a powerful future-predicting amulet, they’re in for trouble with everything from lions, tigers, and ghosts to old enemies Pegleg Pete, Magica De Spell, and the Phantom Blot!
HC • FC • $39.99 • 368 pages • 7.25” x 10” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-706-2
With two successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns under its belt, and a third one on the horizon, It’s Alive!, an exciting new imprint of IDW Publishing, is just days away from another fully funded project in Voyage to the Deep by Sam Glanzman. This third collection from It’s Alive! is a series of comics books that have been out of print for almost 55 years and will now be collected for the first time ever!
Voyage to the Deep follows the adventures of Admiral Jonathan Leigh, as he commands the mighty Proteus (a shape-shifting atomic sub) through the deepest of Earth’s oceans, battling fanged sea creatures, arctic monsters, anti-mater generators, sonic attacks, and even terrorism!
Golden Age comic book master, and WWII veteran, Sam Glanzman has been drawing comics for over 70 years. Through It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford’s recent efforts, many new collections of Glanzman’s out-of-print work are now back on the shelves for long-time fans to enjoy, and new readers to discover for decades to come. Mark Waid called Glanzman “…a National treasure in the field of illustration.”, and The A.V. Club praised Glanzman as “…one of the great storytellers of 20th century comics.”
The Voyage to the Deep Kickstarter page has now reached its goal and will be another successful campaign for the young imprint, however it’s not too late to pledge your support and become a backer yourself. As a backer, you will not only be helping Sam Glanzman, but you will also be helping Ford to continue his mission of saving the history of comics, one book at a time!
The Kickstarter is currently within striking distance of its third stretch goal – every paperback copy of Voyage to the Deep turns into an over-sized hardcover when the total reaches $13,000. Head to the Voyage to the Deep Kickstarter page now to become apart of comic book history before the campaign ends on Saturday, December 3, 2016!
Godzilla: Rage Across Time
Various (w) • Various (a) • Bob Eggleton (c)
Move over dinosaurs… monsters used to rule the planet! Travel to different time periods to examine the origin of myths that fueled nightmares! Feudal Japan, ancient Greece, medieval England, classic Rome, and The Cretaceous by a multitude of today’s best creators! Includes work by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, Chris Mowry, Ryan Ferrier, Matt Frank, Tadd Galusha, Jeff Zornow, and more!
FC • 120 Pages • $19.99
Ghostbusters International #11
Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)
We’re back in the City that Never Sleeps for the final battle between the Ghostbusters and a rogue immortal who wants nothing more than control over the legions of Hell and dominion over the whole world! (Which sounds like Tuesday to us.) If they save the world, will the Ghostbusters ever venture beyond the five boroughs again without a massive retainer? Find out here in the GHOSTBUSTERS: INTERNATIONAL terrifyingly fun grand finale!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99