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Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology to Benefit Children’s Charity Barnardos

Image Comics has announced the Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6, which will feature some of the top creators in the industry and will benefit the children’s charity Barnardos. It will be available this September.

The Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology is a collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from 18th to 24th September 2017.

The anthology will feature work from such creative comics titans as Jason Aaron, Jen Bartel, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Graham, Jody Houser, Jason Latour, Emi Lenox, Simon Roy, Marley Zarcone, and many more.

hought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6 (Diamond Code JUN178088) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is this Monday, July 24th.

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Review: Curse Words Vol. 1 TP

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MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

Curse Words Vol. 1 collects the first arc of the hilarious, action-packed adventures of a wizard named Wizord. He’s a man on a mission, or so he thinks, until he learns how awesome our planet is. Soon he becomes a hipster, and begins working magic for self-centered people like pop stars (in a very funny opening scene I have attached to this review), and is enjoying life with his talking koala sidekick, Margaret. That is until all hell breaks loose. The evil Sizzajee from his former home, The Hole World has sent assassins after Wizord and we soon get our first awesome wizard fight.

This book shows us that even the almighty and powerful, like wizards don’t have it all figured out. For instance, to keep an entire stadium full of witnesses from knowing what really happened and keep them safe, Wizord shrinks the entire place to the size of a matchbox car and places it in his pocket. He soon learns that everything has consequences, and even the seemingly chill and laid back Earth will have people that have a problem with his methods. This book is fun and it contains multiple laugh out loud moments in my opinion. I won’t go spoiling everything in the story, but just know it is off the rails, great to look at, and delivers everything I want in a comic.

Charles Soule really shines on this kind of story, and he feels very comfortable here. I have read many of his other comics, including many over at Marvel in the last few years, and those seem to be much slower and dragged out tales. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but you can see what Soule is capable of when he is allowed to just flat out write. He balanced the action and comedy so well in this book, and it instantly hooked me from the first issue. This is exactly the kind of comic that is perfect to read in a collected volume, because you don’t want to put it down.

A comic book wouldn’t be one with just the writer, and Ryan Browne shows he’s no slouch on art either. The book is filled with fun wizard fight scenes, hilarious conversations and facial expressions between our characters (Wizord and Margaret steal the show together), and Browne gives everyone a great personality. Even the villains are fun, and you truly never know what craziness awaits you on the next page. The colors by Browne, Jordan Boyd, and Michael Parkinson are bright and vibrant and are beautiful even when things are being smashed, destroyed, or exploding. I cannot wait to see more work from Browne, because this book has made me even more of a fan.

I highly recommend Curse Words to anyone who likes to have fun, likes action, likes to party, likes awesome things, likes wizards, likes koalas, oh you know what I mean. I think almost everyone can find something to like about this book, and I can’t wait for more of the crazy and chaotic magic in the future.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne Color: Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd, Michael Parkinson Letters: Chris Crank, Ryan Browne, Shawn Depasquale
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Steve Skroce Unleashes Maestros this October

Superstar comics and storyboard artist Steve Skroce will take on both writing and art duties in his all-new, totally irreverent and fantastical action-comedy Maestros this October from Image Comics.

The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King’s throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom?

Maestros #1 (Diamond code: AUG170542) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 25th.

Review: Generation Gone #1

GGCoverMaterial and Zero writer Ales Kot is back after a bit of a hiatus and has the superhero genre set squarely in his sights in Generation Gone #1, which is about three young hackers: Elena, Baldwin, and Nick, who get superpowers via computer code. But Kot, artist Andre Araujo, and colorist Chris O’Halloran stick the special abilities in the background for now and focus on showing their protagonists as people as well as crafting a not-so-distant future consumed by technocapitalism in the interactions between the brilliant scientist Akio and his military industrial complex superiors. There are some nice metaphors drifting around and the (Possibly longshot.) possibility that Generation Gone is a big allegory for what happens when you work in corporate comics

My favorite parts of Generation Gone #1 was an interweaving, dialogue free montage where Araujo and O’Halloran’s visuals truly show what kind of people Nick, Baldwin, and Elena are. Nick is a deconstruction and exposes the hollow core of the slacker/punk/nerd hero showing that having these interests or characteristics doesn’t make one a good person. He spends the whole day relaxing, doesn’t pick up after himself, and stares sullenly at his parents, who he lives with. The montage flows into the rest of the story where he gaslights and behaves passively aggressively towards Elena throughout Generation Gone. From his little speech about gratefulness to saying she should quit her two jobs when she has to provide for her sick mother and threatening to break up with her when she falls asleep during a movie, Nick isn’t a great boyfriend. Unlike Baldwin, who wants to dismantle the prison industrial complex, or Elena, who wants to provide for her mom and pay off her mortgage and student loans, Nick hacks for the glory of it. He’s a wannabe Neo/whatever the hell Johnny Lee Miller’s character’s name was in Hackers/pre-Uncle Ben dying Peter Parker and toxic presence in the story, which in the hand of a creator other than Kot may have been yet another white nerd power fantasy aka Max Landis’ wet dream.

Elena is a beacon of empathy, and Andre Araujo draws her with genuine smiles and laughs when she interacts with her sick mom while Chris O’Halloran uses a twilight color palette to show how damn early she wakes up to go to her first job at a nearby diner. Elena and her mom banter about how she’s going to steal some hair from a friend to give her a bob and hints that she’s doing something really cool with Baldwin and Nick.

Teenage rebellion is an overplayed, almost always melodramatic trope, and Ales Kot gives Elena a solid relationship with her mother. Her relationship with Nick isn’t so great, and Araujo drops a gutter like a burial shroud in the two panels where she GGinteriorgives her mom a monosyllabic answer about him. With the exception of an exhausted cuddle panel, Araujo positions Elena either in conflict or separate from Nick. There’s nothing wrong with being carefree and wanting to have a good time, but Nick never really considers what Elena is going through.But, if I had to bet on anyone from the trio becoming a real time superhero, it would be Baldwin. He has a nice workout routine, keeps the team on task, and also is in touch with what’s going on in the outside the world with a sad panel of him reading about more racial violence in the United States. However, Baldwin has time for jokes to go with his justice, which makes him an even more likable fellow.

Even though the superpower part doesn’t actively (and horrifically) come into play until the end of Generation Gone #1, Ales Kot and Andre Araujo use this first issue to ably establish the distinct personalities of Nick, Elena, and Baldwin plus Akio. He’s a scientist who makes weapons for the government, yet believes in utopian ideals and in the potential of young people unlike his bosses, who are the target audience for “millennials are destroying…’ thinkpieces. And, in a sunny colored flashback from Araujo and O’Halloran, Akio even had his life changed through fiction. But he’s pretty ruthless too as the jarring ending of the issue claws its way into your eyeballs. (In a good way.)

Instead of using its superhero and science fiction elements for navel gazing, Ales Kot, Andre Araujo, and Chris O’Halloran make Generation Gone #1 a heightened version of a day in the life in three very different young people, who are friends because of their shared interest in hacking. Araujo’s art straddles the boundaries between clean and sterile and sometimes disgustingly human in a nearly perfect fusion of his work on Avengers A.I. and WicDiv 455 Special while O’Halloran’s colors can capture the beauty of a sunset, the mundane nature of most of our lives, or the frightening way the not so golden trio get their powers with a burst of black and red.

Generation Gone #1 is a beautiful marriage of character study and ideas with just a pinch of techno-horror and is a pleasing comeback for Ales Kot.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Andre Araujo Colors: Chris O’Halloran
Story: 8  Art: 9 Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

When the chips are down, all bets are off in Slots

Superstar artist Dan Panosian will take on writing as well as art duties on his all-new series Slots, coming this October from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way.

Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, and looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging.

Slots is a bold new take on Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.

Slots #1 (Diamond code: AUG170587) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, October 4th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 11th.

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!

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.

Joe

Top Pick: Ether Vol 1 Trade Paperback (Dark Horse) – The very funny and out there story that is part Doctor Strange and part detective whodunit story has collected the first arc. The world in Ether reminds me of Roger Rabbit, while the art style channels a style long forgotten like Steamboat Willie. I highly recommend this, and I think most everyone will find something to enjoy, smile, and laugh at.

Curse Words Vol 1 Trade Paperback (Image) – This book is a collected volume of the hilarious first arc of the adventures of a Wizard named Wizord who was sent to do something terrible, is trying to do something good, but also keeps doing something terrible. He becomes a hipster and realizes he loves our planet. You also have a talking koala sidekick, and so much more.

Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – This book penned by the jokester writer/artist extraordinaire Chip Zdarsky is a return to the down on his luck Spidey we all knew and loved. It’s a sister book to ASM, and will focus on the comedic side of things, and a more lighthearted jumping on point for old and new readers.

Aquaman #26 (DC Comics) – This has been a great run, but #25 cranked the volume (unintentional water reference) up to 11! The art is some of the best you will find in a comic, and the story is setting up something massively epic.

Batman #27 (DC Comics) – We return to Batman’s past again for the War of Jokes and Riddles. King has crafted an interesting (if somewhat polarizing) run that I’ve enjoyed. I cannot wait to see where this goes, as it’s been a blast so far.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Secret Weapons #2 (Valiant) – A team made up of people with useless powers? Check. A writer who is incredibly talented? Check. An artist whose layouts are beautifully simple yet packed full of details? Check. A genuinely exciting comic? Oh yeah.

Rapture #3 (Valiant) – What do you get when a man who refuses to believe in magic has to travel to a land where magic is incredibly prevalent? You get Ninjak in Rapture, and reading his fish out of water among the other, more comfortable, characters. The story is another example of Valiant delivering a solid miniseries that reads very well as an introduction to their characters and the universe as a whole.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/15

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

SpiderMenII-Turner-aSpider-Men II #1 (Marvel) When the first Spider-Men came out I was reading a lot of Spider-Man comics, but I have since dropped off from the series (a couple years ago, actually). Still, I wanted to see whether we’d finally find out who the Marvel 616 version of Miles Morales is, so I picked this issue up  –  and I’m glad I did. This comic was entertaining, enjoyable, and almost without any real substance. I loved it in the way you like a movie you can turn your brain off and not have to think too hard. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

X-Men Blue #7 (Marvel) You know sometimes you read a comic, kinda enjoy it, but then you kinda don’t because you don’t give a shit about the event it’s tying into? That’s exactly how I felt about this comic. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

George

DDCAST_Cv1_ds V3Dark Days: The Casting #1 (DC) I was really impressed with the the first part of this storyline, so naturally I was a bit let down with this one just being more of the same plot advancements that could have been put into the first issue. The artwork is still solid and there are a nice couple of bits but DC really just stretched this for another 4.99. I would get it for the art but story wise nothing that wasn’t really covered in the first part.

Christopher

Dept H #16 (Dark Horse) Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Dark Horse Mia’s early life and her relationship with her father. How she learned more about him through interviews and journals than by spending time with him. Along with revealing how Roger and Mia’s father met in the process. Which does leave one to wonder given how complicated Mia’s relationship with her seems, why is she so intent on catching the killer. Is it to get justice, or to thank them for freeing her from her father’s shadow? Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

dept h 16Grass Kings #5 (Boom! Studios)** – The shit begins to hit the fan in the fifth issue of Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’ family drama set in a breakaway, “off-the-grid” community, and while it’s certainly exciting and visually interesting, a poorly-timed composite flashback/present-day “mash-up” scenario at the end that features actions that don’t quite line up with each other dulls the impact somewhat and places this installment just a notch below the previous four. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #2 (Dark Horse)** – Speaking of “off-the-grid,” the second issue of the second arc in Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s long-form series sees the walls begin to close in around the separatist Briggs clan as a de facto hostage situation turns into a lot more than anyone bargained for once the feds get involved. Chater’s art is a bit more generic in its appearance this time out, but it’s still more than solid, as is Wood’s pacy, dynamic script. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

World Reader #4 (Aftershock)** – Jeff Loveness’ script gets out of the way and lets Juan Doe’s amazing, borderline-psychedelic art do the bulk of the storytelling in this issue, as we finally meet a “psychic survivor” of sorts from the genocidal intergalactic force that’s been wiping out all life on one planet after another. The book takes all of about five minutes to read, but it’s worth going back and looking at time and time again to fully absorb the gorgeous images. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Divided States Of Hysteria #2 (Image)** – Howard Chaykin’s been getting more Briggs_Land_Lone_Wolves_2Apublicity than at any point since the early days of “American Flagg!” with this one, and while most of it has been understandably negative (that sickening, since-pulled cover was the very definition of “not a good idea”), it’s also beginning to look like both “camps” in the controversy surrounding this series are wrong. There was no gang-rape of a transgender woman last issue — in fact, she killed everybody trying to abuse her before they could — while at the same time, the right-wingers who were bitching about the cover to the first issue, which featured a Muslim woman in a red-white-and-blue burqa, were eager to defend the aforementioned no-longer-forthcoming cover to issue four, which featured a lynched Pakistani man with his balls cut off.

So, ya know, these fuckheads are pretty much as racist as we always knew they were.

In any case, at the end of the day, it seems that Chaykin played both sides like a fiddle in a move that would make “B-movie” huckster William Castle proud. This time out we finally get to see the ties that bind our disgraced former CIA operative and the various serial/spree killers together, as Chaykin sets up his ultra-violent, non-super-powered “Suicide Squad” premise more fully. The art is noisy, cluttered, and ugly — as it’s supposed to be — but all my fellow leftists who walked away from this comic after last month (assuming they ever read it at all) are missing out on a pointed critique of the privatized, for-profit prison system, the mercenary-for-hire industry exemplified by the likes of Erik Prince’s notorious Blackwater, and the racism and Islamophobia that Trump rode all the way to the White House. This book’s politics are worn openly and proudly on its sleeve, and I have to admit I get a chuckle imagining all the “alt-righters” who have flocked to Chaykin in recent days and weeks having their blood pressure raised when they actually sit down to read his story. There’s some sort of method to all this madness, and while it hasn’t revealed itself fully yet, it’s fascinating to watch it all unfold. And Ken Bruzenak is just plain killing it and earning every dime (and then some) with his awesomely garish lettering and effects.

world reader 4.jpegI can sympathize with those who were offended by that cover that was probably never going to come out anyway (although I do have to wonder what these outraged individuals would make of the work of Johnny Ryan, S. Clay Wilson, Mike Diana, and even Crumb — seriously, people, read some undergrounds, it’ll broaden your horizons!), but there’s a “sweet spot” that’s being hit here for what few left-leaning readers of this comic remain : this is confrontational, in-your-face, unflinching stuff that effectively rebukes every single politically conservative position it takes aim at. In vintage Chaykin style, he’s managed to piss off all his allies and fleece all his true foes. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say that I admire that by any means, but his willingness to stand alone takes some guts, that’s for sure. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

Shean

The Defenders #3 ( Marvel) – We catch up with the gang shortly after an attempt by Diamondback to kill Luke Cage, whose confrontation was disturbed by Punisher. They slowly look for answers on the Punisher’s motivation while Diamondback questions Black Cat’s reason for saving Luke.They soon catch up with the Punisher, who gets close but are stopped by the Defenders. By issues end, Iron Fist gets into a fight with Diamondback and finds a supreme opponent. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

defenders3Black Panther and the Crew #4 (Marvel) – In this issue, we get a flashback and a catch up for readers. In the flashback, the OG Crew, deals with some unsavory characters in Mississippi, as they say struggle with having Northern sensibilities in Jim Crow South. In the present day story, Luke Cage and Misty Knight look for answers about the mysterious corporation who runs Americops and where their true interests lie. By issue’s end, both generations of the Crew meet, and what could happen next probably will be the game changer. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

Kill or Be Killed #10 (Image)** – Following hard on last issue’s massive cock-up, we find out from Ed Brubaker in one simple phrase how Dylan keeps getting away with murder: “They were too busy trying to be super-cops.” What’s fascinating to me about this series is how the noose keeps getting slowly tighter even as the actions of the cast of characters get looser, and good intentions are continually translated into really bad ideas. Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser give us a rainy, grey cemetery of an issue on the art right until the explosion of hellfire-framed-in-white on the last page. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Cinema Purgatorio #11 (Avatar)** – Moore & O’Neill give us a movie musical version of the Black Dahlia murder (and very few comics writers do musical comics as well as Alan Moore). I could go for more of this, as I start to wonder what if Fox had made musicals of its films noir (as, despite the “My Fair Dahlia” title, this is not MGM). In “Code Pru”, we get a good look at the boss, who is even more monstrous than any of Pru’s patients. There’s a mystery brewing as to the circumstances and purposes of Pru’s job, but she seems to be too pissed off at her situation to see it… And over in cinema 3 of this multiplex, “Modded” goes shopping, but Fringe is more chosen than choosing. And just what is chainsaw rhythm reggae action? “… the daemonatrix lingo is more about exciting nouns than actual descriptive content.” But I’ll take exciting nouns over boring adverbs any day. (As usual, I skipped “A More Perfect Union” – if these guys would give me a straight history of the Civil War, I’d be interested – and “The Vast”, which is about boring adverbs in comics form). Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mage: The Hero Denied #0 (Image)** – Matt Wagner returns to the adventures of Kevin Matchstick for one last series. This is a fun preview (featuring oh-so-90’s skateboarding warrior “The Steeze” – who Matchstick winkingly refers to as “youngblood” before sending him home). I have a weakness for heroes who can just do what they do without a lot of posing and wasted energy (must be my own middle age showing), and if Kevin does have better things to do with his time than fight stone-ogres, I’m very curious to know what they are. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

kajumax s3 1Kaijumax Season 3 #1 (Oni Press)** – Zander Cannon continues to amaze with a heartfelt, humorous, horrible monster story that starts with a cabin in the woods, takes what appears to be a long detour through the story of a poor, put-upon giant goat, gets lost near a mysterious lake in Minnesota and then – oh my Goj – comes together and sets up the rest of the story in a great twist. Get on this. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy


 

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

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 (**).

Diamond Announces Both Marvel AND DC Comics Gain Ground in June

Diamond Comic Distributors have released the results for June sales and it’s an interesting month that saw both dollars and units down but both Marvel and DC Comics gaining some ground when it comes to unit and dollar shares.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.54% dollar share (an increase of 0.49) and a 42.82% unit share (an increase of 2.91). DC Entertainment was second in June with a 30.61% dollar share (an increase of 2.68) and a 31.76% unit share (an increase of 0.88). In third was Image Comics with an 8.86% dollar share (down 1.39) and a 9.00% unit share (down 2.83). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.24% dollar share (down 0.41) and a 3.18% unit share (down 0.60), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.46% dollar share (up 0.41) and a 2.47% unit share (up 0.26).

Marvel Comics had five titles among the top ten. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man was the top selling comic of the month. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten led by Dark Days: The Forge Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #168 from Image Comics rounded out the top ten at #10. Also from the premier publishers, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #4 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book for the month at #98, and IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80 was their top book for June at #173.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked and The Divine Volume 5: Imperial Phase Part 1 from Image Comics was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten with DC Super Hero Girls Volume 3: Summer Olympus at #2. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles.

Sanctum Publishing’s The Shadow Double Novel Volume 118 was June’s best-selling book. Dynamite Entertainment’s Art of Atari Poster Collection ranked #2. BOOM! Studios’ An Apple and An Adventure ranked #3. IDW Publishing’s Toybox Time Machine ranked #9.

DC Collectibles’ DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, based on Bolland’s artwork from the best-selling graphic novel The Killing Joke, was June’s best-selling toy product. Also in the top ten for DC Collectibles were the Batman Black & White: Nightwing by Jim Lee Statue at #2 and the Supergirl TV: Supergirl Statue at #6. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Old Man Logan PVC Statue at #7 and the Marvel Gallery: Classic Iron Man PVC Statue at #10.

WizKids/NECA celebrated the 15th-anniversary of their HeroClix miniatures game with a special release, the Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Booster Brick, which was June’s best-selling game product. Their Marvel HeroClix 15th-Anniversary What If? Starter Set ranked #4. IDW Games had two products in the top ten as well: the perennial selling Machi Koro Card Game ranked #3 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #9.

Overall the month saw 71 fewer titles/comics shipped compared to the previous month and didn’t quite have the juice of anticipated titles like the launch of Marvel’s Secret Empire and DC’s “The Button” storyline. Things are also very down compared to last year which also saw an event, Civil War II, and Rebirth driving sales. I wouldn’t read a lot into month to month or year to year sales for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 38.54% 42.82%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.61% 31.76%
IMAGE COMICS 8.86% 9.00%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.24% 3.18%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.46% 2.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.83% 1.61%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.79% 2.07%
TITAN COMICS 1.02% 0.76%
VIZ MEDIA 1.01% 0.36%
ONI PRESS INC. 0.79% 0.59%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 7.84% 5.37%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
JUNE 2017 VS. MAY 2017
COMICS -0.43% -5.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -13.01% -8.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -4.31% -6.08%
TOYS -18.49% -38.75%
JUNE 2017 VS. JUNE 2016
COMICS -18.38% -20.16%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -28.04% -30.14%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -21.34% -21.06%
TOYS -20.11% -37.01%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -3.84% 2.56%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -12.99% -13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.77% 1.15%
TOYS -2.84% -6.29%
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017
COMICS 8.21% 1.37%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.99% 17.06%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.84% 2.47%
TOYS -12.46% -6.82%
SECOND QUARTER 2017 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2016
COMICS -7.68% -4.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -15.03% -13.50%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.01% -5.41%
TOYS -3.19% -11.96%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 101 39 0 140
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 36 1 121
IMAGE COMICS 55 15 1 71
IDW PUBLISHING 51 17 0 68
DARK HORSE COMICS 22 20 0 42
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 23 9 0 32
TITAN COMICS 15 14 2 31
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 23 2 0 25
VIZ MEDIA 0 22 0 22
ONI PRESS INC. 12 6 0 18
OTHER NON-TOP 10 116 142 19 277

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $4.99 APR170970-M MAR
2 DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1 $4.99 APR170259-M DC
3 STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 APR171101-M MAR
4 BATMAN #24 $2.99 APR170279-M DC
5 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #9 $5.99 MAR170359-M DC
6 BATMAN #25 $3.99 APR170281-M DC
7 EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 $3.99 APR170962-M MAR
8 SECRET EMPIRE #4 $3.99 APR170922-M MAR
9 SECRET EMPIRE #5 $3.99 APR170928-M MAR
10 THE WALKING DEAD #168 (MR) $2.99 APR170902-M IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE I TP $16.99 APR170909 IMA
2 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS TP $9.99 MAR170353 DC
3 MOTOR CRUSH VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 MAR170820-M IMA
4 DESCENDER VOLUME 4: ORBITAL MECHANICS TP $16.99 APR170785 IMA
5 SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 2: SIDE PIECES TP $16.99 MAR171162 MAR
6 TEEN TITANS VOL. 1: DAMIAN KNOWS BEST TP $16.99 MAR170410 DC
7 HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: THE JOKER LOVES HARLEY TP $16.99 MAR170404 DC
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Catch Bloodtrike’s Finale in the Back of Youngblood

Image Comics has announced that the action-packed Bloodstrike finale story by Rob Liefeld will be serialized in the backmatter of the forthcoming Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #4-6 written by Chad Bowers with art by Jim Towe. Issue #4 will hit stores this August.

Previously in Bloodstrike, a new recruit to the Bloodstrike program, (his identity as a mystery man from the historical Extreme Universe soon to be revealed!) struggles on a covert mission and loses his life as well as his junk to the mysterious Tragedy Ann!

In Youngblood #4 Shaft rides a motorcycle straight into danger. When the world’s most extreme bowman goes rogue, it’s up to the new Youngblood to stop him before he ruins everything. Or worse, gets them all killed.

Youngblood #4 hits stores on Wednesday, August 9th.

Youngblood #4, Cover A by Towe (Diamond Code JUN170820)
Youngblood #4, Cover B by Liefeld (Diamond Code JUN170821)
Youngblood #4, Cover C by Level (Diamond Code JUN170822)
Youngblood #4, Cover D Hickman (Diamond Code MAY178631)

Early Review: Redlands #1

Welcome to Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.

Redlands is the new series from Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey is creepy, really creepy as we’re dropped right in the middle of a siege as small town police are surrounded by witches who are sick of them. The first issue is all about setting the mood and Bellaire and Del Rey brilliantly do exactly that with much of what we learn being brought to the reader through subtle details added to each panel.

It’s those small details that make this first issue really stand out and deliver. All of the police officers are white, there’s a Confederate flag on the wall, those things tell as much of the story as everything else. The colors by Bellaire too help set the mood with reds, yellows, and oranges dominating the hue like a fire on the page. That coloring and grittiness of the art sets a hell of a mood and one that’s clear as to what the vision is.

There’s a sexiness about it all too, one of danger and forbiddeness. The series is driven by the occult ad and everything together sets a mood that has me wanting more. It all comes together to feel like the beginning of a nightmare whose story has already begun and whose mystery we will unweave and learn about over time.

Along with the art, Clayton Cowles‘ lettering plays a fantastic role in giving us a grit about what’s spoken but the inclusion of interesting angles (handled by Del Rey) for gun blasts and noises creates a sense of motion for the action. One particular scene with a “slam” written out, that sound’s lettering is presented in a way that’s fresh and helps drive where the action is taking place adding to the flow of movement presented. Along with Cowle’s dialogue lettering, the sound effects help add to the atmosphere and gives us a better idea about these characters and world.

I’m not the biggest horror fan, but Redlands #1 is a debut that has me wanting to check out more and delivers the opening moments that have me hooked to find out the rest of the story. The worst part was I enjoyed the comic so much that it went by quickly and now I’m left waiting quite some time to read the second issue (damn early reviews!). An absolute buy as it’s a fantastic combination of story and art that come together to create a creepiness that has me excited to see what’s next.

Redlands #1 is out August 9, 2017.

Story: Jordie Bellaire Art: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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