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Unboxing: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Micro Collectors Fun Packs

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back is coming to IDW Publishing‘s successful Micro Collectors Fun Packs line of comics. Each Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Micro Collector Fun Pack release includes a collectible classic Star Wars comic, trading card, 3-D poster, and 3-D glasses.

IDW Publishing hooked us up with a free box for a look at the packs which we open up to show off what you get.

So check out these new collectible Star Wars comics!

Review: March: Book Three

MarchBookThree-CoverBy the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

March: Book Three is the finale of writers Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell‘s trilogy of graphic novels chronicling the early years of Congressman Lewis’ life and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

As I read the graphic novel from cover to cover, I found myself filled with emotions, as Lewis’ life was there in print for those to see and read. The story is a complicated one, but it’s presented in a way that feels honest and open, both good and bad. This is an inside look at one of the most important, and turbulent times in American history from not just someone that was there, but a leader of the movement. And that’s a fascinating part of this third book, is its focus on Lewis’ role as a leader.

At 25 years old, John Lewis and his friends were looked at as radicals trying to grasp power from the establishment. The graphic novel chronicles Lewis’ meeting with Malcolm X who advised him and the movement to focus on class, not race. And all of that spoke to me like nothing I’ve read before, because over 50 years later, that exact same conversation is being had. The young radicals within the Democratic party (and politics in general) are being dismissed. The idea of focusing on class instead of race is still debated. For all the victories, what was accomplished, so little has changed. From issues of inequality to Black Lives Matter, the themes and struggle of this third graphic novel echo and repeat to today. While the graphic novel book ends itself with the election of President Obama, the graphic novel forces the reader (whether on purpose or not) to think about what that means in today’s society. Where we are from where we’ve been.

This third chapter to makes the whole stronger and for as much as I thought the second graphic novel was an emotional whirlwind, this third one left me fighting back tears at times. The whole is easily one of the greatest graphic presentations of all time, and absolutely some of the best literature to have been produced in recent years. It may seem like exaggeration but this graphic novel again brings real history “to life” in a way that is educational and entertaining. It accomplishes amazing things and will easily find its way on to book shelves as well as the classroom.

This third volume somehow leapfrogs the other two. Whether it’s due to learning or the material within, something about it created an emotional reaction I haven’t felt by any media in quite some time. And most importantly it got me to think about where we as a people and nation have been, where we are, and where we’re going.

This is easily the best graphic novel of the year so far.

Story: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin Art: Nate Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #3 (of 5)

Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #3 (of 5)

Bob Gale, Erik Burnham (w) • Alan Robinson (a & c)

Marty and Doc have outwitted the Tannen family, but at what cost? When the DeLorean speeds back to 1986, our heroes discover that Hill Valley is now a walled-in city held under the sway of the mysterious CITIZEN BROWN. And Marty’s going to have to solve things on his ownbecause Doc has just faded from existence!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

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SDCC 2016: IDW To Release Jack Kirby Artist Edition Of Fantastic Four

Comic Book Resources today announce that IDW will be releasing an Artist’s Edition of Jack Kirby’s original pages from Fantastic Four #82-#83 as well as Fantastic Four Annual #6 , and is due to hit shelves in January of 2017.

 

In an official press release Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said: “Kirby’s inventive story-telling set the bar that Marvel has honored for decades, we couldn’t be prouder to see this fantastic work made available in this new prestige over-sized format that pays tribute to Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s exemplary talent and skill.”

“These issues of Fantastic Four represent Jack Kirby operating at the top of his game, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay a comic book,” said noted comics historian and Kirby biographer Mark Evanier. “As a reader, I felt like the fifth member of the Fantastic Four—and that was in the small format with the bad printing. When I get the IDW book, I will probably want to move into it and live there.”

IDW‘s Artist’s Edition line are oversized hardcovers that present original comic book art reproduced in its original size, something the company has been producing for five years now. They have Check out the cover below.

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CBR revealed the cover exclusively on 7/22

Demo-Graphics: The State of Indie/Small Press Comics

Earlier this week I brought you demographic reports based off of Facebook data for Marvel, and DC. Up next is independent/small press comics! Basically, everyone not the “big two.”

For this report I looked at comic book publisher likes that are not the big two or part of the big two. For this report, Vertigo, Zuda, Icon, are not included though they share similar comics as to other in this report. For this report, terms like IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics were included. Manga was left out of this as well.

You can check out the stats for 2014 as well as those for 2015.

Facebook Population: Over 6,800,000 in the United States

The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 2.4 million individuals. That’s double the amount as last year and the year before which each grew 1.2 million.

In 2014 and 2015 Spanish speakers accounted for 12.50%. In 2016 the percentage increased to 16.18%.

Gender and Age

In 2014 men accounted for 57.50% of the population and women 40.63%. A year later, that shifted with men accounting for 59.09% and women 40.91%. The past year has brought some impressive changes as women now are a majority with 51.47% and men account for 48.53%.

indie facebook gender 7.19.16This is how gender changes as far as percent over age. With women being a majority things are clearly different, but interestingly men overtake the majority around age 22 and lose it at about 33.

indie facebook gender age 7.19.16And the raw data.

indie facebook gender age raw 7.19.16Relationship Status

Compared to last year those engaged took a serious drop, decreasing about 12 percentage points. Those Married double in percentage and over tripled in raw number. Those that are Single dipped slightly too, dropping about 4 percentage points.

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With such a change in gender breakdowns, there’s absolutely shifts here.

indie facebook education 7.19.16Gender Interest

With less Men, those all saw dips as far as how much they make up in percentage. Women interested in Women almost doubled while Women interested in both Men and Women increased about 0.7 percentage points.

indie facebook gender interest 7.19.16Ethnicity

Compared to last year all ethnicities increased a few percentage points.

indie facebook ethnicity 7.19.16Generation

The gains here all all in Generation X and Millennials, but what’s striking is again Generation X is majority women while Millennials are now about 50/50 parity.

indie facebook generation 7.19.16Join us tomorrow when we look at comicdom as a whole!

Preview: Tales from the Darkside #2

Tales from the Darkside #2

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

Joe Hill‘s revitalization of Tales from the Darkside will now only be seen in print, accompanied by the brilliant artwork of Hill’s Locke & Key co-conspirator, Gabriel Rodriguez! A special two-part tale begins here, as the terrifying “Black Box” is opened…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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IDW Invites You Into the Electric Sublime

The Electric SublimeArt history comes face-to-face with madness in the brand-new series from IDW Publishing this October, The Electric Sublime! Journey through iconic artwork that has defined genres and generations in a story that quite literally takes you behind the scenes, and offers a reading experience wholly unique to comics. This is comic books, imitating art, imitating life.

Written by Judas: The Last Days author W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martín Morazzo, The Electric Sublime joins the acclaimed creator-driven titles at IDW like Locke & Key, The Infinite Loop, and most recently, Satellite Falling.

When a mysterious change in the composition of a famous painting begins poisoning the minds of its spectators, Margot Breslin—director of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity—must pull famed “art detective” Arthur Brut out of a mental institution and back into the insanity that sent him there in the first place.

In addition to Morazzo’s stunning artwork, the series will feature variant covers by incredible artists Frazier Irving, Stephanie Hans, Brendan McCarthy, and more to be announced. Look for the debut issue in stores this October, and if you’re attending San Diego Comic Con, grab a free ashcan of the first issue at the IDW booth, #2743.

Star Trek and IDW Publishing to Launch “Boldly Go” This October

Star Trek Boldly GoThe 50th anniversary of Star Trek is upon us and to further celebrate, IDW Publishing, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will introduce a new Star Trek series in October.

Star Trek: Boldly Go will reunite the fan-favorite Trek team of Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen on writing and art duties, respectively, and will succeed the currently running Star Trek series which will conclude after 60 universe-expanding issues, penned primarily under Johnson’s watch. Boldly Go will follow the events of Star Trek Beyond, the latest major motion picture in the ongoing cinematic saga.

Chronicling the adventures of Captain Kirk and his iconic crew, a danger unlike anything the Federation has faced before threatens our heroes as they explore new worlds and encounter new species. All that plus brand-new uniforms for the crew!

Star Trek: Boldly Go will beam into comic shops this October and will feature character-focused connecting subscription variant covers by series artist, Tony Shasteen. A bold new era of STAR TREK begins here!

Mini Reviews For the Week Ending 7/16

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

Old-Man-Logan 8Old Man Logan *8 (Marvel)* Okay, I get it. Old Man Logan is from an alternate fucking future where the world went to hell. Stop telling me this every bloody issue. This falls somewhere between being a place holder comic between story arcs, and a waste of money. Whether it was designed to help new readers get into the series, or MArvel just needed n issue, telling a tory of Logan having insomnia because the fture he’s from may happen is beyon frustrating – especially since the last arc was all about Logan accepting this was a new tmeline. A bloody redundant comic. Spend your money on the Paybacks instead. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC)* I didn’t read  Grayson, so this was a nice catch up for me, but if you did read that critically acclaimed series, then you can probably skip this glorified recap page – as good as it was, there’s unlikely to be anything new here for you. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read if you’re getting back into Nightwing, Pass it otherwise.

Wonder Woman #2 (DC)* A fantastic issue. Only the second Wonder Woman comics I’ve ever truly read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it; much more so than the first issue.Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Mickey Shorts #1 (IDW) Based of the newer cartoon show, this anthology comic mixes an innocent Ren and Stimpy style artwork with Disney’s famous mouse. If you’ve seen much of the show, then this will feel familiar to you. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Walt Disney Comics and Stories #733 (IDW) Sometimes Disney reprint comics are just the kind of easy reading that you want to enjoy, especially after some of the shittier comics from other publishers. You know exactly what you’re getting here before you open the cover, and that’s often more refreshing than you realize. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation Read

Brett

4001-SM_001_COVER-A_FOREMANNightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)A decent bridge comic that should catch folks up on what Dick Grayson has been up to. It isn’t super exciting at all and feels like an extended recap more than anything. But, it does set up what we can expect in the ongoing series. If you have no idea what has happened and need to catch up, this should scratch that itch. Otherwise, there’s little that’s groundbreaking or vital. Overall Rating: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

4001 A.D. Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – A very interesting new take on Shadowman and the Deadworld. Valiant has been knocking this event out of the park, so much so I want to see this world going forward. More please! Overall Rating: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy


The Adventures Of Miru #1
(Action Lab Entertainment)
– A very cute all-ages fantasy series. The first issue does a great job of setting up the world and teasing lots of mysteries. This is one to keep an eye on. Overall Rating: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

Adv-of-Miru-cover-1Aspen Universe Revelations #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen is bringing together their properties into one cohesive universe and while this first issue begins to lay the groundwork for that, it’s probably not the best for folks that have read previous Aspen comics. Still, I want to see how it’s brought together into one world. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

The Bounty #1 (Dark Horse) – A fun new series from Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee that’s a sci-fi spin on bounty hunters. The first issue is entertaining and had me wanting to see what comes next. Wiebe does fun comics, and he keeps up that streak here. Overall Rating: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

The Bunker #18 (Oni Press) – Well that was a hell of a twist! This is an issue that REALLY shakes things up. Though it’s not new reader friendly, it’s a comic series folks should be checking out and this issue emphasizes that. Overall Rating: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

paybacks-1The Paybacks #1 (Heavy Metal Comics) – Absolutely amazing. I loved the first miniseries and this new series is just as good. If you haven’t checked this series out, here’s a perfect issue to start with. Overall Rating: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Rough Riders #4 (Aftershock Comics) – Continuing the fantastic mix of history and weirdness. Aliens. Roosevelt. Lasers. Rasputin!? So much fun. Overall Rating: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Wacky Raceland #2 (DC Comics)* – This re-imagining of the classic television cartoon is out there, but entertaining. This one adds a lot of depth for Dick Dastardly. Definitely not one for kids, but well worth checking out. Overall Rating: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Warp Zone #1 (Rosarium Publishing) – Really trippy and really weird. The comic has a style that reminds me of Ed Roth and Garbage Pail Kids. An indie comic worth checking out. Overall Rating: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

rough rders 4All-New X-Men #11 (Marvel)* – While it’s great Marvel tied in their X-Titles to Apocalypse with the film out (evidence the Fox/Marvel split is bullshit) the various stories are a bit lacking, especially this one. The issue wraps up the arc as Evan and Hank deal with proto-Apocalypse. Maybe there’ll be some decent long term implications, but the issue and arc is rather blah, especially the art. It’s been a long time since the X-Titles were worth praising, and this is a prime example. Overall Rating: 6.7 Recommendation: Pass

Millwarworld Annual 2016 (Image Comics) – It’s great to see new talent, but the art and stories here are all over the place as far as quality. It’s great to see new stories for various series like Chrononauts, Kingsman, and Starlight, nothing here is must have for fans of the various series. Still, cool to see an anthology of this type. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Javier

Archangel #2 (IDW)** – I am sticking with this series with the hopes that Gibson will pull it all together in subsequent issues, but so far I am finding it harder and harder to enjoy. Gibson himself, in the afterword, says, “… this particular flavor combination has never openly turned up in [his] prose fiction.” However, I have come across the OSS, WWII, and alternative timeline/history motifs in a large number of other sci-fi and comic book works –and I suspect so have others. Butch Guice’s art is a saving grace, but not enough to recommend it too highly. Plus, Gibson’s fans, like me, will be disappointed by the surprising lack of cyberpunk tones. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass.

House of Penance #4House of Penance #4 (Dark Horse)** Tomasi’s and Bertram’s mythic re-telling of the nonstop building of the infamous Winchester Mystery House continues to please. Sarah’s blood and bile soaked mad quest to atone and appease the spirits, bumps up against the pragmatic realities of her family’s business. What role (aside from being a possible love interest) Warren will play in all of this is yet to be fully revealed.
Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy.

Daredevil #9 (Marvel)* – In the conclusion to Soule’s two part tale entitled “Blind Man’s Bluff,” Daredevil and Spider-Man team-up to get their hands on a mysterious briefcase held by the Chinese Triad atop one of Macau’s hottest gambling spots. The art is decent, with DD sporting the Netflix inspired dark costume, and Spidey on his right side. The story was entertaining, with hints at the importance of the briefcase’s contents impacting future storylines. Overall: 7. Recommendation: Read.

Violent #5 (Image)** – Another well-written indie victim of low sales, Ed Brisson concludes the first arc of Violent with promises of a second via KickStarter. I was digging TheViolent_05-1this Canadian inside look at our Northern neighbor’s seedier side. If you missed this series, and are into crime stories, I highly recommend you pick up the TPB when available.
Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6 (Archie Comics) **– The other half of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s horrific take on the Archie universe is superb story telling. In this latest issue we get two origin stories with references to Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw”, and Egger’s “The Witch”. Salem’s origin story is appropriately set within the historic context of America’s Salem Witch Trials to chilling effect; and Robert Hack’s artwork expertly captures the pulpy 1950’s tradition of horror art.
Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

Z’isle #5 (Miscellaneum Studios)*: This is a zombie comic set in my hometown of Montreal, so I was curious. (You can read the title as Zombie Island/Île or Asile/Asylum) I was even more curious to see, on the inside back cover, a cast credit page featuring a large number of my actor friends. Unfortunately, Lateef Martin’s drawing is too off-model for its cinematic premise: I didn’t easily recognize either the actors nor many of the settings. Also unfortunately, Isabelle Duguay & Lateef Martin’s writing doesn’t take advantage of Montreal’s uniqueness and delivers a generic post-apocalyptic story with generic dialogue and generic characters. I always say, “No man is an island, but Montreal is.” Overall: 5. Recommendation: Pass.

Descender_13-1Descender #13 (Image)**: In this one, we get into Captain Telsa’s story – and it is hugely, massively, generic and dull. Jeff Lemire hits basically every single beat from every single cheap sci-fi movie that ever cribbed from cheap adventure serials: childhood trauma, daddy issues, bar on the Fringes full of scum and villainy, rebellious cadet, etc. Not one note of originality in the entire issue. Which Dustin Nguyen paints the hell out of. Sigh. Overall: 6 (thanks to Dustin) Recommendation: Pass

Midnight of the Soul #2 (Image)**: I still maintain that, with a stronger editorial hand, this series could have ranked with great Fifties literature (for the record, Hugh MacLennan’s The Watch That Ends the Night is one of my favourite novels). Howard Chaykin remains a bit too caught up in his own tropes to really push Joel Breakstone’s story beyond a kind of cheap revenge pulp noir. But there’s a hint of something, in the last pages, of a character who is finding his own redemption back-asswards, riding a motorcycle through the bottom of the barrel. And that will keep me coming back, despite all of my misgivings. Overall: 7 (because Howard Chaykin art). Recommendation: Read

Ryan C

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 (DC)*: Another typical “stage-setter,” this “special” is only notable for being, if anything, even less ambitious than its “Rebirth” counterparts in that it does nothing else other than recap what’s come before with almost no emphasis placed on where writer Robert Venditti is looking to take things from here. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.When they waste two full pages on Hal Jordan reciting the Green Lantern oath that almost anyone reading the book knows by heart anyway, you know they’re padding things. Meanwhile, Ethan Van Sciver’s art is, as always, terrible. All in all this comic is completely indistinguishable from the worst “New 52”-era pablum. Overall: 1. Recommendation: Pass.

Wonder Woman #2 (DC)*: Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott kick off their every-other-issue “Year One” storyline, and aside from the fact that events in this installment take up well over a year in and of themselves, thus negating the arc’s title, I have no real complaints. Scott’s art is gorgeous, Rucka has a masterful handle on Diana, Steve Trevor, and everyone else involved, and the various plot threads — with which we’re, admittedly, already quite familiar — are imbued with some real pathos thanks to some expert fleshing-out of the backstory involving one of the other guys on Trevor’s mission who doesn’t make it out alive. Another re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origin may not be strictly necessary, but if it’s told well and sheds some of the “new light” on proceedings that Rucka has promised, well — it should at least make for some interesting reading. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy.

the vision 9The Vision #9 (Marvel)*: Another “holy shit they really went there” issue from Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, with tragedy so thick you can cut it with a knife, a highly intriguing new take on Vision’s “brother,” and a painfully drawn-out demise of one of our principal characters making for, you guessed it, another essential chapter in comics’ most doom-laden series. Miss it at your peril, this book is at the top of everyone’s “read pile” for good reason. Overall: 8.5. Recommendation: Buy

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC)*: I’ve got all the respect in the world for Tim Seely, but his talents — as well as those of Yanick Paquette — are wasted on this long-form “what has gone before” nonsense. There’s some solid interaction between Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne, though, and you do, at least, get some hint of where things are headed in the future, so it’s a slight step up from the other “Rebirth” book that hit shelves this week. Still not worth your three bucks, though. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

Shean

Joe Golem Volume 1 (Dark Horse)-Crime Noir has been popular in comics for a while thanks to the likes of Ed Brubaker, but when combined with the supernatural, the alchemy is more than interesting, it is addictive, for lovers of both genres such as this writer, when done right. Mike Mignola, is in rare form here, exercising muscles that he wasn’t able to do with Hellboy. Golem is more than a relatable character, but is definitely a realistic one Horizon_01-1as he reacts as most people would do in both of the cases seen in this first miniseries. You will definitely cheer for him as he saves the children he could in the Rat Catcher and one would be remiss to see the comparisons to the Returned, in Sunken City. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Horizon#1 (Image) Growing up watching Captain Planet, the message of saving the earth by not destroying it was not lost on me. Still years have passed and it seems as though the world is still doomed for this inevitable demise. This comic aims to pose the question if we have time travel on our side can we still leave this world inhabitable for all mankind. By issue’s end, you somehow feel more hopeful about the future. 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 (**).

Preview: Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #733

Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #733

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, William Van Horn (w/a) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan (c)

“Night of the Living Text!” The fourth wall breaks as Mickey and Goofy discover they’re really living in a comic book story—with scary plans for them both! Then Donald Duck and Gyro are “Swallowed Whole” in a new William Van Horn adventure!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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