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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Doomsday Clock #7 (DC Comics) – After a bit of a break, the DC event is back and we’re still intrigued as to where it’s all going as it moves into the latter half of its run.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #4 (Marvel) – Each issue so far in this lead up to the main event has been fantastic. All its done is made us wish that each of these characters had their own series! We expect no less from this one.

Extermination #3 (Marvel) – When it comes to the Mutants, Marvel and them seem to be their best when it involves crazy time travel stories. This one has been lots of action and shockers and this is another we have no idea where it’s all going.

Faith: Dreamside #1 (Valiant) – Faith is always a fun time and mixing her with the Dreamside? Yeah, we’re in for that.

Fantasmagoria #1 (Starburns Industries Press) – A horror comic that explors mythology specific to Mexico. That alone has us intrigued to check it all out.

Fearscape #1 (Vault Comics) – This one sounds a bit like a new take on the Sandman and that sort of storytelling. Vault has some fantastic releases so we’re excited to check this out and see what it’s all about.

Fence #10 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic bringing the sports manga concept to the twist. BOOM! has been killing it when it comes to that and this one has been amazing with every issue.

Friendo #1 (Vault Comics) – A personal marketing VR has gone haywire. Again, Vault has been top notch when it comes to releases so we’re excited to check this one out.

Gamma #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Pokémon meets Power Rangers… um ok. Sounds awesome to us!

Heroes in Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – There’s been a hell of a build up to this new event series that explores the trauma that superheroes experience.

High Heaven #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY’s first release was amazing and we’re expecting more of the same from this upstart publisher that wants to deliver more when it comes to comics.

Illegal (Sourcebooks) – A powerful graphic novel exploring immigration and undocumented immigrants.

Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1 (Marvel) – The first issue that mashed together Captain America and Thor was fun and this one with that’s Iron Man and Thor? We’re expecting lots of drinking… and more fun.

Justice League Odyssey #1 (DC Comics) – The space/tech Justice League… you have out attention.

Man-Eaters #1 (Image Comics) – Chelsea Cain… nuff said.

Scarlet #2 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – The first issue was a great return for the character and series and we want to see if the second issue can continue to deliver.

Spider-Geddon #0 (Marvel) – The newest Spider-Man event is kicking off and Marvel has been rocking it with the Multiverse Spider-Man stuff. Plus, this issue marks the debut of the recent video game version of the character.

Star Trek vs. Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – The title really says it all.

Stranger Things #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The popular television show comes to comics.

Transformers: Lost Light #24 (IDW Publishing) – IDW is wrapping up their current run on Transformers and we have no idea what’s coming next. We just know this series is wrapping up and bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Review: Illegal: A Graphic Novel Telling One Boy’s Epic Journey to Europe

As a child of the 1980s, I grew up in a time where cartoon movies were a joy for not only the kids but the parents. This tradition continues on to today as many of these films usually leave a few jokes only parents will understand. Then there are those animated pictures that they are made for children. One of the most memorable movies, that I can watch today, and I would still make me feel the same way, is Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, a sobering cinematic classic about humanity, the dangers of pollution, and our connection to nature.

Then there’s An American Tail, a movie that felt it was from Disney, but it actually from Universal. It told a story about a  family of mice who came to the United States from Russia but are separated from one of their children. Though it was years ago, this very story is being forced upon the many immigrants and refugees fleeing to America for a better life today. We see it play out on the news, children being torn from their parents maybe to never be reunited. This is not the only atrocity being forced upon them as they flee here. America was a beacon of hope. Now it has shown an uglier side as the xenophobia and racism that has seeped into the public consciousness has eroded who we are to the world. In this timely graphic novel from the team behind Artemis Fowl, is Illegal, which tells the story of two brothers who long for life and each other.

Within the first page, we find a quote from Elie Wiesel, where he addresses how the world uses the namesake of the book when it comes to refugees. We meet Ebo, a 12 year old in Ghana who just found out his brother has left his village. Ebo longs for his brother, and sees it as an opportunity as he plots to find him. He starts by riding on a bus, his very first time on one and meets a variety of characters. He sees first hand how it is to live without a home. Eventually reuniting, the journey turns to finding their sister Sisi. The graphic novel explores the dangers these individuals face to find freedom, reunite with family, and provide basics of life like food, water, shelter, and medicine. And, the reality of facing death to achieve those simple things.

The graphic novel is a moving story of love and family and the journey some refugees must undergo. The story by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin is heartfelt, honest and relevant. The art by Giovanni Rigano is gorgeous and endearing. Altogether, a story about a family like any other and whose love knows no bounds.

Story: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin Art: Giovanni Rigano
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

Listen to the Graphic Policy Radio Archive with Jeremy Whitley

This past Monday comic writer Jeremy Whitley returned to Graphic Policy Radio to discuss his new series Illegal which is currently a part of a Kickstarter project. If you missed the episode you can download the episode through the link above, or listen right here!

We focused a lot on Illegal, but discussed a lot about race, comics, and more! If you don’t know about Illegal

Illegal is a near future science fiction story about an America in which the rich live in a lush paradise in and on top of skyscrapers, while the poor literally live in their shadows below. All of the citizens are tracked and monitored by a microchip under their skin from the time they are born and anyone undocumented is sent to deportation camps where few actually survive long enough to be deported.

Our heroine, Gianna DelRey is an undocumented immigrant who fled with her mother from an abusive household when she was young. She’s survived by scrubbing floors and allowing her rich employers to treat her like dirt.  When one turns on her and she finds herself on the run, Gianna will discover that when everyone is constantly tracked, being able to movie invisibly is something that many will pay a high price for. Will she keep running or will she decide to take a stand?

After you listen, go back the Kickstarter!

Graphic Policy Radio this Monday LIVE with Guest Jeremy Whitley

GP Radio pic MondayThis coming Monday is a new episode of Graphic Policy Radio! Comic writer Jeremy Whitley returns to the show to discuss his new series Illegal which is currently a part of a Kickstarter project. The episode will air live at 10pm ET.

Illegal is a near future science fiction story about an America in which the rich live in a lush paradise in and on top of skyscrapers, while the poor literally live in their shadows below. All of the citizens are tracked and monitored by a microchip under their skin from the time they are born and anyone undocumented is sent to deportation camps where few actually survive long enough to be deported.

Our heroine, Gianna DelRey is an undocumented immigrant who fled with her mother from an abusive household when she was young. She’s survived by scrubbing floors and allowing her rich employers to treat her like dirt.  When one turns on her and she finds herself on the run, Gianna will discover that when everyone is constantly tracked, being able to movie invisibly is something that many will pay a high price for. Will she keep running or will she decide to take a stand?

Join us as we talk to Jeremy about this and more! You can take part by calling in at (619) 768-2952 with your thoughts, or Tweeting them to us @graphicpolicy.

Listen in LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.