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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Magic: Master of Metal #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

American Comics: A History (WW Norton) – Columbia professor Jeremy Dauver takes readers through the history of American comics from the Civil War to recent times!

Animal Castle #1 (Ablaze) It’s ta new take on the classic Animal Farm that’s familiar but delivers surprises.

Avengers #50 (Marvel) – Celebrating 750 issues, there’s some big things promised with this anniversary issue.

Batman: Fear State Omega (DC Comics) – The latest event has wrapped up and we want to see where the series goes from here.

Campisi #4 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. a dragon. Nuff said.

Gotham City Villains: Anniversary Giant (DC Comics) – Danny Devito writing an entry in this anthology. That alone has us sold.

King of Spies #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions? A new series from Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera? Yeah, we’re in.

The Last Session #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A group of roleplayers site down to finish their first campaign.

Magic: Master of Metal #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Big things are promised in the issue that it’ll impact and set up whatever is coming in 2022.

Maniac of New York: Bronx is Burning #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume delivered an interesting take on the slasher genre taking place in a very real NYC. Like a good slasher film, the big bad is coming back and we want to learn more about Maniac Harry.

Search for Hu #3 (AfterShock) – We’re suckers for mob war type stories but it’s the details of this one that stands out.

Transformers: Shattered Glass #4 (IDW Publishing) – While the overall event has been a bit mixed, it’s been interesting to see where the series has been going in this “Mirror Universe” take on Transformers.

Venom #2 (Marvel) – The first issue had a lot of intriguing concepts and definitely took things in a very different direction. So, lets see what the second issue brings.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (Marvel) – We’re fans of Games Workshop as a whole but this focus on the squad and faith of the Sisters has been an interesting read and given us a greater appreciation of the army.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 (DC Comics) – Kelly Sue Deconnick and Phil Jimenez take us through the entire story of the Amazons. We’ve been waiting on this highly anticipated series and so excited it’s finally here!

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4 (Marvel) – We have no idea what’s going on and what to expect.

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The collections are 50% off making it a perfect opportunity to dive in and check out comics everyone is talking about or will be talking about.

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Find Out Who Meets Their End at the End of Trover Save the Universe

Image Comics and Skybound have revealed a first look at Trover Saves The Universe #5, wrapping up the hit limited series from acclaimed author Tess Stone, based upon the eponymous hit video game by Justin Roiland, Co-Creator of Rick & Morty and CEO of Squanch Games. 

As Trover’s narration becomes more and more hazy…the story reaches its big conclusion! Some characters live…other characters die, and uh…all of the various subplots converge in, like, a super cool payoff! Plus: Where do Power Babies come from? We answer the BIG questions RIGHT HERE, yessiree! 

Trover Saves the Universe #5 (Diamond Code OCT210185) will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, December 8.

Trover Saves the Universe #5

James Tynion IV’s Tales of Terror Will Get Collected in Razorblades: Small Cuts Special #1

Horror fans rejoice! Razorblades: Small Cuts Special #1—collecting all of bestselling writer James Tynion IV’s tales of terror published in the popular Razorblades: The Horror Magazine so far—will land on shelves this April.

This special issue includes art from Martin Simmonds, Josh Hixson, and more. This special collector’s item also reprints the debut of Killboy, Tynion’s original character with Batman collaborator Ricardo Lopez Ortiz.

Razorblades: Small Cuts Special #1 (Diamond Code DEC210150) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 27. 

For fans that can’t get enough Razorblades thrills, Tynion IV will also team with Steve Foxe to bring the entire terror sensation so far to Image. It will be collected into a deluxe hardcover format and hit shelves on the same day, Wednesday April 27.

Razorblades: The Horror Magazine features nearly 400 pages of chills and thrills from some of the most cutting-edge names in the genre. From monsters in the closet to bodies stuffed into washing machines, Razorblades redefines horror comics for the next era. This hardcover will also feature prose, illustrations, and in-depth interviews with horror icons like Scott Snyder.

Razorblades hardcover edition (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2124-3) will collect Razorblades issues #1-5 and be available on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

The digital and limited print run of Razorblades: The Horror Magazine #5 is on sale now, where horror fans can get a taste of the series ahead of the hardcover collection next year.

Review: Gunslinger Spawn #2

Gunslinger Spawn

Todd McFarlane’s Gunslinger Spawn has been a blast so far, tapping into the raw power of the early Spawn comics all while setting the titular gunslinger as an independent character within its universe. It’s been working quite well, thanks in part to McFarlane’s approach to character development via badass moments drenched in blood and violence.

The star of the show in this new series, though, is Brett Booth’s art. It’s gotten to the point that I can’t imagine anyone else taking on this Spawn other than him. In fact, Booth should draw Gunslinger Spawn till the end of time, and then continue doing so when time starts up again.

Issue #2 starts with the angel vs. gunslinger face-off that closed the first entry. A generations old feud is paving the Gunslinger’s path of destruction as he looks for the relatives of the man that left him to die back in his place of origin. Angels have descended to put a stop to his revenge mission, but they only seem to anger this Spawn even more. Ripped angel wings and shotgun blasts ensue.

The scripting is relentlessly fast-paced, with characters exchanging plot points through snappy banter and doing a fair bit of worldbuilding during action sequences. It keeps the story from feeling heavy-handed, although things feel a bit thin in the narrative department. It might become somewhat more complex as more playing blocks get thrown into the mix, but so far it’s pretty straightforward revenge tale.

Booth’s art on the other hand does wonders to elevate the storytelling, making each panel explode with detail and expression. It’s not enough to just say his work is kinetic. It’s moves and transitions like it has a life of its own. Characters derived from the original Spawn already possess that iconic quality found in the original design. Booth captures with the Gunslinger, but he adds a whole other level of presence to the character that allows him to forge a more unique identity.

Part of what makes this work is how brutal Booth’s pencils can be when capturing the rage and the emotion behind the Gunslinger’s actions. Al Simmons’ Spawn possess those same things, but there’s a sadness to him that shapes his existence differently. Booth’s Gunslinger has tragedy in his backstory, but red hot anger is his emotional anchor. This is a man that breathes heavy and walks with malice in his footsteps. Booth captures that all the time and it’s nothing short of impressive.

Gunslinger Spawn #2 is another great showcase of Brett Booth’s skills and they’re enough to warrant a purchase. The story itself might need a bit more kick to rise to the occasion, especially in the ‘man out of time’ aspects of it where the Gunslinger pokes fun at modern practices (which seems a bit forced), but the necessary elements for success are there. While the story catches up, though, you can just sit back and enjoy the art.

Story: Todd McFarlane Art: Brett Booth
Inks: Adelso Corona Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Lettering: Tom Orzechowski
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy for Booth’s art and look for his original pages at conventions!

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free review copy


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Look Back at 30 Years of Image with The Official Image Timeline

Image Comics archivist and co-founder Jim Valentino details the company’s history (warts and all!) in the single most comprehensive chronology of the company ever published—The Official Image Timeline. The one-shot will hit shelves in February 2022, just in time for Image Comics’ 30th anniversary.

Featuring rarely seen covers, photos, milestones, and behind-the-scenes events from the company’s Marvel-ous beginnings to the present, The Official Image Timeline is the chronicle all future histories will be judged against.

This special one-shot will also feature an introduction by current Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson and include a chronicle of historic Image accolades. 

The Official Image Timeline will be printed in a beautiful 64-page prestige format.

The Official Image Timeline one-shot (Diamond Code DEC210077) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 2.

Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s Nocterra is in the works at Netflix

Nocterra

Netflix is adding another comic title to its catalogue. The streaming platform is teaming with writer Roberto Patino to develop a series based on the comic series Nocterra. Nocterra was created by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel and published by Image Comics. It’s part of a multi-year deal between Patino and Netflix.

Patino is currently working on HBO Max’s adaptation of the DC Comics/Vertigo series DMZ.

Nocterra takes place in a world where darkness has enveloped the world. Val Riggs moves people and goods across the darkness in her truck dodging the creatures called shades corrupted by the darkness.

Patino will pen the script, serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett.

Netflix has focused on building its comic adaptation base after its deal with marvel ended. The platform purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld and has adapted other comics such as Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse, the manga Cowboy Bebop, and the film Extraction based on the comic Ciudad.

Skybound Xpo Returns December 10 with Panels, Deals, and New Reveals

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Tis the season to close out the Xpo season! The groundbreaking pop culture virtual event is back with all-new programming, limited-edition drops and exciting announcements with The Skybound Holiday Xpo on Friday, December 10. The event will stream on Skybound Entertainment’s YouTube and Twitch channels. 

The one-day event experience brings entertainment fans around the world incredible panels from every corner of pop culture, including a new look at Andrew Pryce’s The Residence adapted as brand-new shock doc Demon in the White House; the Skybound Games-bestowed Award for “Game of the Year”; a special holiday horror edition of Movie Trivia Schmoedown; a deep dive into the hit indie game Before Your Eyes; another awesome edition of ATTACK! with Attack Peter; and deals, steals and a very exciting announcement from Skybound Tabletop.  

The full programming line-up, beginning at 10 a.m. PT, includes: 

  • Demon in the White House – Join Andrew Pyper (author, executive producer), Chris Bray (showrunner, executive producer), and Brook Linder (director), as they discuss what it takes to turn the novel The Residence into Discovery+ Shock Doc Demon in the White House, a story of paranormal activity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Moderated by Julian Della Puppa.  
  • Going Analog vs Skybound Tabletop – Skybound Tabletop’s James Hudson tests his tabletop chops with guest moderators from the podcast and web series Going Analog in a high-stakes round of trivia, as every correct response leads to a Tabletop webstore deal you will not want to miss! Later, they will discuss an upcoming project with the designers and creators, culminating in an exciting exclusive announcement!  
  • When Twitch Cries: Before Your Eyes Panel – Join Kinda Funny host Janet Garcia as she sits down with the creators of the hit indie video game Before Your Eyes, nominated in The Game Awards for Games for Impact. They’ll discuss the game’s deeply emotional story, its revolutionary gameplay mechanics, and what it’s like to make every single Twitch streamer in the world cry their eyes out. 
  • ATTACK! With Attack Peter – Skybound’s Peter Santa-Maria invites the Xpo audience inside his workshop for a holiday surprise! 
  • The Skybound Games Awards –  Skybound Games team members Woody Tondorf and Carlos Lopez host an ill-advised and hastily-prepared awards show featuring our bestselling titles of 2021. There will also be some great year-end deals announced and at least one award for Troy Baker. 
  • Movie Trivia Schmoedown’s Holiday Horror Match – This special Xpo exhibition match features one of our favorite genres: Holiday Horror! Winter wonderland meets heart-stopping terror! What’s not to love?    

Fans can register now for The Skybound Holiday Xpo by heading over to this link right now and then tuning in on December 10, 2021.

Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #27

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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