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Review: Throwaways #4


Issue #4 of Throwaways fills us in on some of the characters backstory. Up until now, Kimiko has kind of been an Asian stereotype sidekick. In this issue through a flashback, we learn how she started working for the NSA, we also discover that’s pretty much the Throwaways version of Penelope Garcia of Criminal Minds. Alice takes Palmer on a mission to gather some facts about her past and that turns into chaos and murder until Kimiko comes to rescue Abby before things get worse. Logan and Dean get in some more antagonistic father – son bonding time that ends with Dean staging a coup and taking a hostage. Plus, we’re treated to some Kimiko and Abby Bechadel test passing bonding time.

Caitlin Kittredge‘s writing in this episode seems familiar and thoughtful. She seems to have found her stride and voice and the characters are rounding themselves out and becoming real complex characters that the reader cares about. There are no wasted moments or panel filler pop culture facts in this issue, the references and throwbacks seem authentic and Kittredge calls them out within the dialogue itself. Throwaways is starting to feel more like a story to follow than a fluff piece.

Steven Sanders‘ artwork is starting to mesh better with the story and the panels seem to  be not only more detail orientated but purposeful. You can tell the mood of each part of the story based on the colors he uses and there is a distinct change in tone. His style makes the shift from past to present and scene to scene feel  seemless in their transition so that the reader doesn’t get thrown off or feel jarred into a new scenario.

Overall I feel like the Throwaways is starting to find its voice and I really enjoy listening to it. It’s a deep read and as the story progresses it’s becoming more and more interesting and involved.

Story: Caitlin Kittredge Art: Steven Sanders
Story: 9.1 Art 8.6 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation:Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Listen to Karen Berger Talk Her Return to Comics and Surgeon X on Demand

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September saw the release of the first issue of Surgeon X, a new series written by Sara Kenney with art by John Watkiss. The comic series also sees the return of legendary editor Karen Berger.

The series dives into real world medicine and issues, along with a companion app, we talk to Berger about her return to comics, the challenges of this particular comic and its app, and her insights into the comic industry.

Karen is the award-winning and founding editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. As an industry leader of creative risk-taking and innovative comics storytelling in a wide range of genre fiction, Karen led Vertigo for 20 years, transforming the comics medium by publishing many of the most acclaimed and best-selling comics and graphic novels in the past two decades: Sandman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Fables, Hellblazer, Y–the Last Man, 100 Bullets, The Invisibles, and Transmetropolitan.

Twitter: @karenpberger

Review: Throwaways #3

Throwaways03_Cover.jpg*Warning Spoilers Below*

Issue #3 of Throwaways starts with a flashback. We’re treated to a young Dean making his way through the woods. He’s retelling the day his father was captured and the feelings he had. We flash forward to Palmer still in pretty bad shape, they’re not sure what to do about her infection they just know that they can’t let the government take her back. In Palmer’s infection-induced fever dream, she thinks of her mother and being rescued after a long, painful , almost life ending trek through over the Af-Pal border.

The rest of the crew is unsure about how best to take care of her and decide to steal some antibiotics from a nearby vet to help her get back to something close to normal. Palmer is still seeing the ghosts of the dead she left behind but, her condition seems to be getting better after Kimiko secures the needed meds.

Meanwhile, Alice is on a mission to break Logan out of prison and she has him and is headed back to tier base camp for what I’m sure will be more than a father – son reunion. She breaks the news to Logan that his son still hates him for what he’s done and, a happy reconciliation or him joining in on his master plan is probably not in the cards. Upon Alice and Logan’s return to the compound, Alice hides Logan and checks on Palmer’s condition. Palmer is more than a bit angry at her current state but, Alice is more than willing to provide her with answers about her past and her lost memories. However, I’m pretty sure Alice is not the most reliable narrator and may be trying to cloud Palmer’s mind so that she will help her and Logan with their end game and , I’m sure that involves more than a family reunion.

Speaking of family reunions, Logan confronts Dean on a bridge as he tries to get a hold of his girlfriend. There is a tension in the conversation and a lot of anger. Logan tries to make jokes to lighten the mood and connect but, Dean is having none of it. A fight ensues and Logan gets the upper hand and explains to Dean that the program that took and changed him won’t ever stop trying to get him back. Logan tries to explain to Dean that he’s a special Alpha subject. The fighting continues and Logan pushes his son over the bridge so that he can activate his powers in a “gentler” way than the program would have done. As a reward, Dean punches Logan and sets him straight on the fact that the man he has become will never be like him. Before things get too heated between the two, Alice shows up to let them know that Palmer is awake.

Caitlin Kittredge‘s writing is on point in this episode and Throwaways seems to have gotten over their sophomore slump. The story is solid and not weighed down by trying too hard clever quips. The story flows seamlessly between flashbacks and present time and tells the story from all points of view without being bogged down.

Steven Sanders‘ artwork is pretty solid and deliberate. A nice muted palette to match the tone of the story keeps things somber and interesting. It also serves to keep the reader attached the story and invested.

Overall, Throwaways #3 has everything I loved about the first issue and turned the dial up to 11. We’ve got bad ass , complex women, interesting characters, a smart story and the story seems to have hit its stride with this issue and I hope it keeps going in this direction. This issue is more cohesive and character orientated making it a quick, deep read and it puts the Throwaways train back on track.

Story: Caitlin Kittredge Art: Steven Sanders
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/15

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.


asbm_cv3_jock_varAction Comics #965 (DC) A story focusing on Lois Lane rather than Superman is an intriguing prospect, and showing their life without the craziness of super powered scraps is something that’s always interested me. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

All-Star Batman #3 (DC)* Although there were a couple of rough panels where Romita Jr seemed to phone it in a bit, the art otherwise was well suited to the brutal nature of the story. A story that I am thoroughly enjoying. Getting a chance to see Snyder take Batman out of his element has been fantastic, and well worth the $5 I’m spending each month. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Clone Conspiracy #1 (Marvel) I haven’t read a Spider-Man comic in nearly two years (ever since they rebooted the numbering), but this was a surprisingly accessible comic for me. It was also quite enjoyable, with the first issue serving to set up the story’s plot quite well – although there is no sign (yet) of the reason I’m reading this story: Scarlet Spider. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Detective Comics #942 (DC) The finale to Night Of The Monster Men ended strongly, and to be totally honest I enjoyed it far more than I expected to after the first couple of issues. Certainly a tale that will bear a re-read down the road. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 (DC) A cathartic issue where we get to see Hal Jordan take on more Yellow Lanterns than I thought should be possible. It’s a fun, fantastic comic that I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

Howard The Duck #11 (Marvel)* Well here it is – the final issue of Howard the Duck ever (for now, anyway). Unfortunately, it’s not ending on a strong note. The last couple of issues have lost the subtlety that I loved about Zdarsky’s earlier Howard comics, and instead this reads like a Saturday morning cartoon on crack. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not how I liked my Howard the DuckOverall: 7 Recommendation: Buy it if you’re a completionist, ignore it if you’re not.

old man logan 12.PNGMoon Knight #7 (Marvel) This was just so…  I don’t want to say a waste of money, but there were far better comics released this week. I know this series has been getting rave reviews since it’s relaunch, but it’s just not clicking for me. Once this arc is done, so am I. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Old Man Logan #12 (Marvel)* If you want to look at a great piece of comic book art, then look here. The layouts, the colours… everything is just so well done that it’s worth buying his comic just for the art alone. Luckily, the story is also worth reading too. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Revolution #3 (IDW) A crazy good crossover that came out of nowhere for me. Why aren’t you reading this? Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Trigger Man #1 (Titan) A gritty noir tale that shows a lot of promise early on, and then (a far as the issue is concerned) actually delivers. There seems to be a lot more to the story than what we get on face value, so hopefully that’s explored as the series progresses. Right now, however, this is worth a read. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


The Lost Boys #1 (Vertigo)* – I am a child of the eighties, so The Lost Boys film holds a LOST_BOYS_Cv1special place in my heart. I grew up on the Frog Brothers and thought they were the coolest people ever. Corey Feldman and Corey Haim (RIP) in general were a big part of my childhood. This book continues the story as a sequel following the events of the film, and it was fun to see Sam, Michael, Grandpa, the Frog Brothers, and Star again. I couldn’t help but smile at seeing the house where the big finale took place. This is a fun read for anyone who enjoyed the film. Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

All-Star Batman #3 (DC)* – I am a big fan of Scott Snyder. Especially Scott Snyder doing Batman. His New 52 run has some of my favorite arcs. I have enjoyed All-Star Batman so far, even though it lets you know right away it is a much different Batman series than we are used to seeing. It’s super violent, and Batman pulls no punches. The bloody brawls continue in this issue as KGBeast shows up and takes on an already beaten up Dark Knight. I want to see where Snyder is taking us in this series, but right now it is enjoyable as a contrast to the main Batman title. The backup story with Duke so far has been interesting, and I want to see where that is going. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy


dpa_cv2_dsDoom Patrol #2 (DC) With its reintroduction of classic Doom Patrol member Negative Man with a nice use of a nine panel grid from artist Nick Derington, Doom Patrol #2 is a big improvement from the previous issue. Writer Gerard Way does an excellent job balancing weird stuff like sentient streets and aliens from an evil burger corporation attacking Earth with normal human problems, like our protagonist Casey Brinke losing her job as a paramedic. Doom Patrol continues to remind me of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles with its cerebral conspiracy plot blended with well-choreographed action. (See the fight scene featuring the newly rebuilt Robotman.) Throw in a cameo from Flex Mentallo, and this comic is a must read for anyone who wants to read a comic on the stranger side. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


Kill or Be Killed #3 (Image)**: Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser are absolutely blowing my mind on this series, perfectly capturing every moment both outside and inside the head of our tormented protagonist Dylan. Ed Brubaker gives us a chapter of waiting, indecision, longing, and finally pulling the trigger with one hand while clicking the safety with the other. Great. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

kill-or-be-killed-3Lazarus #25 (Image)**: And speaking of brilliant art teams, how about Santi Arcas’ colors on Michael Lark and Tyler Boss’ drawing? As so much of this story happens at night, or in dark rooms, or in various other dark places of the world, it’s quite a feat to make the dramatic action as clear as it is here. Nice of Greg Rucka to shine the spotlight on journalist Seré Cooper in an issue that is thematically devoted to the Truth. It will be very, very interesting (and no doubt awful) to see what happens when Forever goes back into the same action with a different motivation. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Cinema Purgatorio #6 (Avatar)*: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill doing one of the things that Alan Moore really does like no one else: cabaret comics. Telling the incredibly sordid history of the Warners through the imagery of the Marx Brothers, including musical numbers, is pure genius. I skipped the other stories in this except for Garth Ennis & Raulo Caceres’ “Code Pru,” which involves a lunchtime encounter between Pru and a Scottish Terminator. Personally I find this kind of thing hilarious, but your mileage may vary. Ennis turns the story on its head right at the end, getting us into Pru’s childhood in a surprisingly touching way. Overall: Cinema, 9; Pru, 8.5 Recommendation: wait for the inevitable Moore & O’Neill trade.

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Detective Comics #942 (DC)*: A rather anti-climactic and lackluster conclusion to “Night Of The Monster Men” that, to borrow a phrase used recently by the orange-skinned serial sex assaulter, “limps across the finish line” and fails in its primary goal of finally making glitterbomb02-coveran imposing villain out of Hugo Strange for the first time since the days on Englehart and Rogers. Steve Orlando and James Tynion IV seem to be happy just to get things over with as far as the script goes, and Andy MacDonald’s art isn’t anywhere near the standard set by Riley Rossmo’s work on other segments of this storyline. Further proof that all crossovers suck. Overall: 3.0. Recommendation: Pass

Glitterbomb #2 (Image)** – While not achieving the dizzying heights of the first issue by any means, Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Pham still turn in a fine second installment that broadens their protagonist’s world and begins to flesh out the nature of the horror that’s found a home inside her. Solid stuff that’s well worth your time — and money. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy.

Doom Patrol #2 (DC/Young Animal)* – Gerard Way and Nick Derington definitely seem to have a method to their madness here, but damn if I can discern what it is yet. Larry Trainor/Negative Man and Flex Mentallo make welcome returns to the DP fold, and seeing Danny the Street alive and well at the end is more than enough to make this long-time fan smile from ear to ear. I’m in love with this book, and can’t even describe why — and that’s the purest form of love there is, surely? Overall: 9.0. Recommendation: Buy.

Briggs Land #3 (Dark Horse)** – Brian Wood and Mack Chater conclude their first three-part story arc with an issue that is admittedly a bit more lackluster than the previous chapters, but puts all its ducks in a row for the long haul by firmly establishing every character’s role within this all-too-real world. Plenty interested to see where things go from here. Overall: 7.0. Recommendation: Read


Kiss#1 (Dynamite)– when it comes to musicians and comics , it normally borders on blacklightdistrict_01-1mediocre, with the exception of a few and one of those , just so happens to be Kiss. When I heard Amy Chu was writing the series , I automatically was intrigued as her work on Poison Ivy was definitely revolutionary for the title character. The story revolves around four teenagers in a dystopian world where the sun doesn’t shine and they need help from the past(Kiss) to find answers to save it. This first issue was fun and very meta , definitely worth grabbing a copy.  Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Black Light District One-Shot (Image)– Multimedia projects tends to be uneven, as only certain parts of the project get overseen. So when I heard of musician, Jesse Snider’s online comic book , which is set to the lyrics on his most recent EP, I tried to keep an open mind on what to expect. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find a set of stories from different genres , that weren’t typical, but extraordinary. Overall, a great anthology in an easy readable size of pages. Overall: 10 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 (**).

Karen Berger Talks Her Return to Comics and Surgeon X with Graphic Policy Radio this Monday

surgeonx_01-1September saw the release of the first issue of Surgeon X, a new series written by Sara Kenney with art by John Watkiss. The comic series also sees the return of legendary editor Karen Berger.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET on Graphic Policy Radio.

Surgeon X dives into real world medicine and issues, along with a companion app, we talk to Berger about her return to comics, the challenges of this particular comic and its app, and her insights into the comic industry.

Karen is the award-winning and founding editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. As an industry leader of creative risk-taking and innovative comics storytelling in a wide range of genre fiction, Karen led Vertigo for 20 years, transforming the comics medium by publishing many of the most acclaimed and best-selling comics and graphic novels in the past two decades: Sandman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Fables, Hellblazer, Y–the Last Man, 100 Bullets, The Invisibles, and Transmetropolitan.

Twitter: @karenpberger

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Review: Monstress #7

monstress07_coverMaika’s journey of discovery takes a somewhat darker turn in the latest installment of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress. You have been warned.

After sacrificing what remained of her left arm to defeat the Cumean Mother Superior, Maika has returned to her mother’s home with Kippa and Ren in hopes of getting answers about the mask and photograph she’s been carrying. Maika’s life before the story began has been slowly revealed in fragments, and her trip home allows for natural development of her background. Readers meet some new people from Maika’s past, each of whom are equally as interesting and surprising as every other character.

While this issue explores more of Maika’s history, it also explores the rising tension between her and Kippa. Kippa, though loyal, has grown as a character immensely since her introduction. As she grows, so does her kindness and sense of right and wrong. In the first arc of the story, Maika grew steadily more ruthless as she recognized the Monstrum’s power. Though Kippa is young and innocent, her moral code is strong and the story offers no clues as to how the growing conflict between the two will be resolved.

Monstress #7 also explores a little more background on Ren, a nekomancer. The nekomancers are, as their name implies, cat necromancers, which is not only an interesting and unique concept, but also one of the best puns in a comic possibly ever. Bringing in the different groups keeps the comic well-rounded and balanced, and introducing them little by little.

Despite the increasingly detailed and complex worldbuilding, the comic doesn’t feel inaccessible. The experience of reading Monstress is, as always, fully fleshed out with Sana Takeda’s beautiful illustration. The amount of care and attention that goes into each character’s expressions and clothing contribute just as much to the worldbuilding as the lore of the story. The inclusion of detail in everyday scenes–filigreed perfume bottles, brocaded clothing, carved stone pillars–makes a lack of detail especially noticeable. Takeda applies a lack of detail masterfully, using it to emphasize the lack of control Maika has over her hunger.

The colors emphasize the detail and set the mood. Monstress is often serious in tone and deals with dark themes, but the comic itself is rarely visually dark. Dynamic, layered colors build up and add to the magic of the series. The amount of thought put into the colors and detail make Monstress an especially gorgeous fantasy epic that will stand the test of time.

Story: Marjorie Liu Art: Sana Takeda
Story: 10.0 Art: 10.0 Overall: 10.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Kill or Be Killed #3

kill-or-be-killed-3Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one hell of a team. They have worked on a ton of books together and they just keep going.  Thank god that they do, because we are getting another classic in the making here. The kings of crime pulp are at it once again in Kill or Be Killed #3.  This story deals with the protagonist, Dylan being forced to take justice into his own hands.  Our main character has been through a lot in just the first two issues alone, and this issue slows things down a bit.  That’s a good thing. If you do not know the premise of Kill or be Killed, you should start at the first issue, because it is fantastic.  The story follows a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he tries to keep it all a secret from everyone around him.

Speaking of love, this issue deals with the uncomfortable tension between Dylan and Kira.  While her boyfriend and Dylan’s roommate, Mason is still out of town, she wants to talk about her and Dylan’s relationship.  Much like the need to murder people, Dylan is trying to fight his impulses with Kira as well.  This doesn’t mean just kissing her, or letting her play with his heart, but confiding in her about who he really is.

This issue has a couple of moments straight out of a Poe story, where we see Dylan’s paranoia coming out as he tries to accept what he did.  He spends his days searching for articles on his last victim and seeing if anyone has pinned him to the murder.  There is a big moment here that I won’t spoil that causes something in Dylan to change, and we see a new side of him we have not seen yet.  Now a more confident man at the end of this issue than when we first saw him, Dylan starts giving into those impulses he tried to fight.  He begins to rationalize his dark thoughts, both with Kira and with murdering people.  What will happen now that he begins to see people only as labels, and not more?  Child molesters.  Rapists.  Bigots.  You get the idea.

We also get a peak at Kira’s past, which tells us a lot about her character and why she is the way she is.  Her manipulative ways now make more sense as she walks us through some dark moments from her childhood and her therapy sessions.  Could she be manipulating Dylan even here?  Absolutely.  She is a very interesting character, and a big part of what this book, and Dylan are about.

I think this series begs to ask the question, is this what a real life vigilante would look like?  Most people love seeing The Punisher take down a gang of bad guys.  Is Dylan so different? He doesn’t look as cool, or have the skull shirt, but does that matter?  Is it okay to justify killing someone simply because they are bad?  How would you be so certain that they are?  I cannot wait to find out what Dylan discovers as he goes through these questions in his own head, and we get a front row seat.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Reborn #1

reborn01_coveraI swear that is dust in my eye.

When I saw the team of Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, I immediately knew I wanted this book, and I can safely say it doesn’t disappoint one bit. Reborn #1 asks the questions that many of us do. Where do we go when we die? What is the meaning of life? Does anything matter beyond what we see with our own eyes? I can say this book answers some of those questions, but also leaves us with more than we started with.

This book goes through a lot of emotions. We follow the story through the aging eyes and memories of Bonnie Black. She tells us of how much she has lost, but also loved in life. It is an interesting perspective to be in the mind of someone who is scared they are in the final hours of their life. There is a point where Bonnie is on a stretcher with her life flashing before her eyes. This is some of the most powerful stuff I have seen in awhile, and not just in comics. In anything. We literally see her favorite moments flash before her eyes. Playing catch with her dad at age seven. Kissing the love of her life at age twenty-two. Her newborn child in her arms at age twenty-six. We then jump ahead to her retirement where she volunteers teaching others at age seventy-seven to forget how lonely she is. I swear that is dust in my eye. Okay I am lying, this book got me close to some tears.

This book takes us from the world we know to a bizzare but interesting glimpse at a world straight out of fantasy and science fiction novels combined. I don’t want to ruin too much here, because it is a very cool setup and it doesn’t give us too much. It really makes you want to more, and not want to wait a month for the next part of the story.

We’ve talked about the fantastic writing from Mark Millar, and I could go on for a few more paragraphs on that, but we should also talk about Greg Capullo. I’ve always been a big fan of his. His run on Batman with Scott Snyder was magical, and he doesn’t disappoint here. He takes the challenge of drawing so many different scenes and settings and nails it. He captures the dark and the light moments equally here, and it is beautiful.  Jonathan Glapion on inks and Fco Plascencia are fantastic here as well.  From the sad and lonely hospital Bonnie is spending her final days in, to the lush and vibrant world she is reborn into, the inks and colors match the scenes wonderfully.

In closing I would like to say go buy Reborn #1, and as soon as you can. It is going to sell out, and if you miss it, get it at the second printing. You need to read this book, because I think it is going to be something really special.

 Story: Mark Millar Art: Greg Capullo Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: Fco Plascenia
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

all-star-batman-3Wednesdays 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.


It was stupidly difficult to choose a top pick this week, between both Valiant books, All-Star Batman and Kill Or Be Killed. Any one of these books could have easily found themselves atop the list; the only reason behind the the top pick is because it was the last one I wrote…

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #12 (Valiant) – I heard a rumour that I haven’t verified yet that this series will be ending soon. That’s an incredible shame, because the past eleven issues have combined to form one of the best consecutive runs from any publisher over the past year. If this is the last, or second to last issue, then I’ll be sad to see this go. If not, then my favourite ongoing comic will continue and I’ll be happy.

All-Star Batman #3 (DC Comics) – This has been such a brilliant series so far (yes, I know we’re only two issues in), and getting to watch how Scott Snyder is treating two face is fantastic. I’ve never been happier to see Batman be this resourceful before. It’s a brilliant dose of the Dark Knight out of his element: the countryside in the day.

Britannia #2 (Valiant) – Valiant’s prestige style miniseries are often printed on a higher quality paper, which gives the pages a nice glossy feeling, which is in total juxtaposition to the story itself. Britannia is a bloody, no holds barred tale set in a violent time in Rome, and Britain’s, history. Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp gave us a brilliant first issue, so I’m looking forward to the second quite a bit.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 (DC Comics) – Both Green Lantern titles have been excellent since Rebirth, but it’s this one that’s taken me by surprise most of all: normally stories set in space aren’t my forte, but for some reason I can’t get enough of this story.

Howard The Duck #11 (Marvel) – The final issue in the current run may (or may not) be bigger than a normal issue, and may (or may not) have a guest appearance from Spider-Man. It’ll be a shame to see this series go, but the ride was a fantastic one while it lasted. Here’s hoping it goes out with a bang.

Kill Or Be Killed #3 (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips reunite for this story about a man who must kill bad people, or his life will take a drastic turn for the worse. It’s a gripping story, and one that delves deeper than the typical superhero/vigilante fare. Highly recommended.

Honourable mentions: Action Comics #965, Old Man Logan #12, Red Hood and the Outlaws #3, and Revolution #3


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Top Pick: All-Star Batman # 3 (DC Comics) – I have enjoyed this title far beyond what I thought I would. The mix of Grindhouse and Gotham story telling has me on the edge of my seat. I think JR JR is turning in some of his best work in a high octane environment. Scott Snyder has officially taking the top of the mountain as the all time greatest Batman scribe. No only is the main story a joy but the back up tale by Snyder and Shevley is a thrill as well. I’m loving the development of Duke Thomas. This title can do no wrong in my eyes.

The Clone Conspiracy # 1 (Marvel Comics) – Well though this subject matter could be an absolute disaster I have more than enough faith that Dan Slott can make this a must see comic. I’m loving the rebirth of The Jackal under this Annubis motif and he’s not coming across truly evil. (Well not yet) Spidey has been so fun the past couple years and I don’t expect the party to stop here.



Top Pick: The Lost Boys #1 (DC Comics) – The hunt for Star is on as her “sisters” the Blood Belles search for her and the Frog Brothers & the Emerson Brothers try and keep the blood suckers at bay. I like throwbacks and a good horror comic and , it can’t be any worse than those gawd awful sequels.

Black Monday Murders #1, #2 & #3 (Image Comics) – This week you can get all caught up with the series thanks to the reprinting. Who doens’t like a tale of dirty money, corporate badies & the rebels who try and keep them at bay?

Belladonna #1 (Boundless) – A woman leading a troop of Warrior women. Sounds like all the girl power and I want to dig right in!

Batgirl & The Birls of Prey #3 (DC Comics) – The new Oracle is a superior bad ass and Gothams normal badies aren’t up to the task of running defense. in this next installment of the “Who is Oracle” the ladies face off against some of the most dangerous villains yet.



Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #11 (Vertigo) – Seriously, this is one of, if not THE, best comic on the market right now. It’s absolutely gripping and there’s one more issue to go in this story arc. We’re about to figure out all of the dirt in what is a murder mystery full of terrorists, crooked US operatives, and taking place in the Iraqi Green Zone.

Mosaic #1 (Marvel) – I’m intrigued, not going to lie. I want to see what Marvel does with this new character and to see how it all plays out.

Solarman #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was solid and I can’t wait to sit down and read the second. The classic character has been updated for modern times and it’s something that’s needed more of in comics.

Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1 (Titan Comics) – I’ve been a Games Workshop and 40K fan for over 20 years at this point. So, a new comic having me excited is not a shock.

Warlords of Appalachia #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s solid with a solid premise, great art, and enough of a hook that I want to see what happens next. I think what impressed me most was that the first issue is a well thought out world with tons of small details including actual music you can play.



Top Pick: Monstress #7 (Image Comics) – Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress is a stunningly gorgeous series, rich in both art (with an aesthetic that combines traditional Japanese woodblock prints and a art-deco style) and the world being created. This new arc follows a violent clash with Maika’s captors as she and her companions Kippa and Master Ren, continue their journey to discover the true nature of the discovery that Maika’s mother made in the distant past.

The Fix #6 (Image Comics) – Roy and Mac are just two awful individuals living in a world surrounded by debauchery, lies and mindless violence. There is something about The Fix that makes it one of the best titles out there, combining this anti-hero dynamic with buckets of laughter each and every issue. With every new push in the story and characters introduced, it feels like the creative team still has plenty of potential ideas to work with, which is definitely a very, very good thing.

The Fade Out Deluxe Hardcover (Image Comics) – Collected here in one large tome is the excellent, Golden Age of Hollywood, alcohol infused, Eisner award winning noir series from the same team of Kill or Be Killed, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser. If you missed the series, this looks to be the best bet collection wise as it contains all the back matter from the single issues and a ton of extra material.

Glitterbomb #2 (Image Comics) – Speaking of Hollywood, the first issue of Glitterbomb introduced us to Farrah and the harsh reality she faces trying to make a living as an actress in the sleazy, male-ego driven world. Jim Zub’s scripts are consistently packed with surprises, introducing a supernatural twist to Farrah. Djibirl Morisette-Phan and K. Michael Russell bring the scripts to life through some confident line work and dreamy use of colours, enhancing the emotion and dread especially when there aren’t any words on the page.

Kill or Be Killed #3 (Image Comics) – Dylan has just killed the first person he has deemed justifiable in the act. Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser have been crafting a fantastic tale, challenging the notions of morality, how our past shapes who we are and whether we can truly change as time passes by.

Image Comics’ New York Comic Con Exclusives, Signings, and Panels

Image Comics returns to the big apple this year for New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th. They’ve released what you can find at their booth for exclusives as well as panels and signings.


* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • CANNIBAL #1 by Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young & Matias Bergara, $10
  • MOONSHINE #1 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, $10
  • REBORN #1 by Mark Millar & Greg Capullo, $10


  • TOKYO GHOST, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Sean Gordon Murphy, $35
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, $40


Comics In #YourImage: Adventure
10/6/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in 1A21

Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK), Simon Spurrier (CRY HAVOC), Caspar Wijngaard (LIMBO), and Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo (SNOWFALL) are ready and willing to break down how they create perfect comic book adventures, versatile heroes, and chilling villains in complex stories that demand a lot from the reader, but have a huge payoff.

Comics In #YourImage: Character
10/7/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in Room 1A24

A high concept for a comic is a great invitation, but great characters are what make you want to stay with the book. Characters that you empathize with or are cooler than cool are captivating. Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS), Steven T. Seagle (CAMP MIDNIGHT), Rod Reis (HADRIAN’S WALL), Donny Cates (TBA), and Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY) are going to dig deep into characters, and how it’s not as easy as a cool outfit and a snappy name.

Comics In #YourImage: Storytelling
10/8/2016 at 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, in 1A21

You can’t judge a comic solely based on what happens to the characters in it. You have to look at how things happen, what the story looks like, and a bunch of other little tiny things that make comics one of the most vibrant storytelling mediums around. Karen Berger (SURGEON X), Gabriel Hardman (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC), Declan Shalvey (INJECTION), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), and Bryan Hill (ROMULUS) are some of the best storytellers in the business. In addition, check out an EXCLUSIVE preview of the upcoming OFFICER DOWNE film at the end of the panel, based on the graphic novel by Joe Casey & Chris Burnham!

Comics In #YourImage: Spectacle
10/9/2016 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, in 1A24

What is it that excites you about comics, that makes Wednesday the best day of the week? Whether it’s the idea of seeing a new world through someone else’s eyes or getting a look at reality from another angle, we’ve got you covered. Our panelists, including Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan (GLITTERBOMB), Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr (MOTORCRUSH), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), and Andrew MacLean (HEADLOPPER) know what you want and aim to please.

*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

12 – 12:45 PM, Alex de Campi & Carla Speed McNeil
12 – 12:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
1 – 1:45 PM, Declan Shalvey
1 – 1:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Bob Fingerman
3 – 3:45 PM, Brian Schirmer
3 – 3:45 PM, Shawn Martinbrough
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Buccellato
4 – 4:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
5 – 5:45 PM, Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
10 – 10:45 AM, Tim Seeley
11 – 11:45 AM, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo
12 – 12:45 PM, Meredith McClaren
12 – 12:45 PM, Shane Davis
1 – 1:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
2 – 2:45 PM, Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Kieron Gillen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
4 – 4:45 PM, Emi Lenox
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Wood & Garry Brown
5 – 5:45 PM, Jeremy Haun & Jason Hurley
5 – 5:45 PM, Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto
6 – 6:45 PM, Andrew MacLean

10 – 10:45 AM, Dustin Nguyen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Wes Craig
11 – 11:45 AM, Shawn Martinbrough
12 – 12:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
12 – 12:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
1 – 1:45 PM, Greg Capullo* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
1 – 1:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
2 – 2:45 PM, Robert Kirkman* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Jason Latour* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Paul Azaceta
5 – 5:45 PM, Jerome Opeña* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
6 – 6:45 PM, Andy Belanger

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Caspar Wijngaard
11 – 11:45 AM, Stefano Gaudiano & Cliff Rathburn
1 – 1:45 PM, Leandro Fernandez
2 – 2:45 PM, Paul Azaceta


Albuquerque, Rafael: BB11
Balboni, Claudia: S6
Bechko, Corinna: Q9
Belanger, Andy: BB12
Blake II, Nelson: Q14
Brown, Garry: R4
Buccelleto, Brian: CC2
Burnham, Chris: F2
Camuncoli, Giuseppe: AA4
Cho, Frank: AA11
Craig, Wes: X6
Davis, Shane: B10
De Campi, Alex: B6
Delecki, Michelle: AA5
Dodson, Terry: D18
Dos Santos, Mark: V7
Eisma, Joe: X7
Fiumara, Max: BB3
Fletcher, Brenden: W16
Fowler, Tom: Q8
Giarrusso, Chris: D5
Glapion, Jonathan: G3
Goodhart, Isaac: Q15
Gorham, Adam: Q3
Hardman, Gabriel: Q9
Harren, James: R4
Harris, Joe: V18
Haun, Jeremy: Q1
Hawkins, Matt: Q15
Hill, Bryan: Q14
Huang, Edwin: S3
Jordan, Justin: N8
Katzenstein, Jason Adam: BB13
Kesgin, Sumeyye: Z17
Kyriazis, Ilias: H2
Larsen, Erik: Q18
Liu, Marjorie: K2
MacLean, Andrew: T4
Mahfood, Jim: O12
McClaren, Meredith: A3A
McNeil, Carla Speed: B6
Montclare, Brandon: H11
Moreci, Michael: X5
Morissette-Phan, Djibril: S5
Murphy, Sean Gordon: E1
Nguyen, Dustin: F9
Opeña, Jerome: L2
Orlando, Steve: K17
Ottley, Ryan: T10
Panosian, Dan: E13
Randolph, Khary: J18
Rathburn, Cliff: T11
Reeder, Amy: H10
Reis, Rod: R2
Rossmo, Riley: R5
Rucka, Greg: A1
Ryan Browne: X2
Scalera, Matteo: E3
Schirmer, Brian: S6
Seagle, Steven T.: BB13
Seeley, Tim: X1
Sejic, Linda: Q16
Sejic, Stjepan: Q17
Shalvey, Declan: K10
Shaw, Geoff: R5
Sienkiewicz, Bill: O10
Snyder, Scott: CC20
Soule, Charles: X3
Spencer, Nick: R1
Takeda, Sana: K2
Tarr, Babs: W17
Templesmith, Ben: N9
Van Lente, Fred: W12
Wijngaard, Caspar: H3
Williamson, Joshua: CC3
Wimberly, Ronald: O3
Zub, Jim: S4

NYCC AFTERPARTY: Image Comics and Sonicboombox team up for a night of wizards, bowling, and mingling

You’re invited to join the fun on Friday night at Bowlmor Times Square

Image Comics, Midtown Comics and Sonicboombox are re-teaming for a special NYCC After Party to be held at Bowlmor Times Square (222 W. 44th Street). A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Must be 21+ to attend. The fun begins at 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. in the Art Deco room (4th floor) 12 lanes of free bowling (first come, first served) Admission: $15 in advance, get tickets here.

Come join Charles Soule, Greg Rucka, Jason Latour, Wes Craig, Alex de Campi, Declan Shalvey, Amy Reeder, Tim Seeley, and more of your favorite Image creators for specialty drinks, complimentary bowling all night long, photobooth shenanigans, mingling, and enjoy a live music performance, Q&A, giveaway, and raffle from Charles Soule and his Wizard Band in celebration of the forthcoming launch of CURSE WORDS.

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