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Kevin Smith teams with Pernille Ørum on Hit-Girl this February

Award winning actor, director, and writer Kevin Smith will join bestselling artist Pernille Ørum on the new story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s beloved Hit-Girl series this February in, Hit-Girl Season Two #1.

In this dream creative team’s spin on Hit-Girl, readers’ favorite adolescent assassin tears Tinsel Town a new one when she realizes her life’s being dramatized for the silver screen. Hit-Girl storms sets, wages war on fat-cat movie bosses, and lures old enemies out of hiding in this Californian bloodbath.

Hit-Girl Season Two #1 hits stores on Wednesday, February 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, January 21st. 

Hit-Girl Season Two #1 Cover A by Francavilla – Diamond Code DEC180057
Hit-Girl Season Two #1 Cover B B&W by Francavilla – Diamond Code DEC180058
Hit-Girl Season Two #1 Cover C by Conner – Diamond Code DEC180059 

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 12/15

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.


 

Joe Hesh

BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1Batman Who Laughs #1 (DC) I have been looking forward to this one since the middle of Metal. One of the only salvageable parts of that crossover (besides Baby Darkseid) was The Batman who Laughs. This version of Batman is one who finally murders the Joker but unleashes a toxin that the Joker had internally as a fail safe, thus creating a Batman with a Bruce Wayne that is devoid of conscience and seeks only to live by one rule: Batman always wins. He becomes an amoral ruthless killing machine and is the rival of any opponent. He was defeated in Metal when the Joker and Batman teamed up, but now he’s back and saner than ever. The issue opens with our Batman on a highway chasing down smugglers and procuring a coffin that was loaded in the cargo. The weird point is that the cargo and the body of the deceased is that of.. Bruce Wayne? We then have Alfred and our Bruce try to solve the mystery of who is this doppelganger and they come to some startling results. Meanwhile the Batman who laughs lays siege to Arkham and brings along another Batman with him. This is one that is armed to the teeth and quickly ends the guards. However we don’t know who he is. Is he another Bruce Wayne? This issue reunites the super team of Scott Snyder and Jock. One of my favorite comics combos. Both brought their A game here. This issue started with a mystery and leaves us with questions abound. Not to mention we get s killer cliffhanger. You don’t need to be told twice. Get this book. Overall: Great return to form for Snyder and very intriguing story here, I cannot wair for this one to unfold. Score: 9.5 Reccomendation: Buy Buy Buy

Ryan C

godess mode 1.jpgGoddess Mode #1 (DC/Vertigo)** – Not a bad debut from Zoe Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez, but not an especially stellar one, either. The premise is reasonably intriguing, but Quinn’s tendency toward over-exposition can get downright embarrassing, and she lays it on thick with the overly-obvious analogies of her sci-fi future world to our present-day reality. Rodrigez’ art is stellar, though, and more than enough on its own to convince me to give this at least one more issue. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

The Quantum Age #5 (Dark Horse)** – Another crackerjack installment from Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres that ratchets things up toward what promises to be a climactic final chapter that ties directly into current events in the main “Black Hammer” title. Torres’ art remains pitch-perfect for this material, and all in all this may just be the most consequential of the various spin-off series set in this “universe” yet. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise #1 (Dark Horse)** – Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox deliver a splendid and heartfelt little one-off here focusing on a very minor character who nevertheless proves she is more than capable of carrying a story on her young shoulders. Gloriously illustrated and sublimely written, this is just great stuff, plain and simple. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Hey Kids! Comics! #5 (Image) – Howard Chaykin, as it turns out, had one more masterpiece in him after all, as the conclusion to this historical take-down of the comics industry for its sleazy ethical and business practices wraps things up in grand style and even with a little bit of guarded, but still starry-eyed, optimism. The final page promises more to come and I, for one, will be anticipating that eagerly. The best thing Chaykin’s done, no kidding, since “American Flagg!” Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Goddess Mode #1 (Vertigo)– In a world that has several similarities to our own, including wealth inequality, targeted ads, and shitty healthcare, Cassandra Price is a skilled coder/hacker, who has great talent, but doesn’t like kissing asses so she’s a low level “code janitor” for the Hermeticorp corporation. But then she discovers the world of Azoth aka the algorithm that runs our world, and there are witches, monsters, and a glittering color palette from Rico Renzi. Zoe Quinn does fall into the first time comics writer trap a few times using blocks of texts instead of Robbi Rodriguez’s dark pop visuals to establish her world and Goddess Mode’s premise, but she makes Cass a likable and relatable protagonist, kind of Dane McGowan from the Invisibles for 2018 with quirks like getting her ad bot to play old ska and cat videos and not targeted programming. And underneath the gaudy art and tech-speak, Goddess Mode is a story about a smart young person with a shitty job joining a potential revolution, which is honestly content I need currently. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

bhcl1Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise #1 (Dark Horse)- As shown by her work on Plutona, Emi Lenox is an artist that excels at showing the ugly and cruel side of kids and teenagers. And that is fully on display in the Cthu-Louise one-shot that she does with writer Jeff Lemire. Cthu-Louise is the daughter of Cthu-Lou, a former supervillain with powers from the Old Ones that now smokes, drinks, and abuses his daughter all day. Cthu-Louise is bullied in a school that basically teaches superhero propaganda all day in a clever bit of writing from Lemire to make this one-shot seem like part of a bigger story. He and Lenox craft an eldritch fable with wishes, prices to pay, and some maddening greens with Cthu-Louise comes into contact with the Old Ones. Also, supervillain daughters aren’t their dads and have feelings too. Overall: 8 Verdict: Read

Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1 (Marvel)– The FF Wedding Special has one cute story, one unfortunately patriarchal one, and then goes back to cute again. The lead story is Gail Simone and Laura Braga’s tale of Alicia Masters’ bachelorette party complete with She-Hulk and Medusa getting wasted and “making it rain” on strippers dressed like male superheroes and fighting the Mole Man’s obsessed stalker. Braga finds the right medium between humor and action, and this story has a lot of heart too and finds true love towards the end. Plus Mole Man feels. Dan Slott and Mark Buckingham handle the second story which is about the Thing asking for Puppet Master’s blessing to marry Alicia. Pass. And it wraps up in a madcap telling of Alicia Masters’ history through the POV of her manipulative father Mole Man with art by the legendary Fred Hembeck, who pulls off both visual gags and crazy Marvel continuity ones. Overall: 7.7 Verdict: Read

Shean

swaordmStar Wars Age of Republic: Darth Maul #1 (Marvel)-In what plays out as a cruel ploy on a force sensitive smuggler, we get a tale where Darth Maul uses his cunning to take out a Jedi outsider. As he goes under cover of night to get close to him. As he uses this task as a way of learning more about Jedi. By issue’s end, he begrudgingly kills the potential Jedi, only to understand why anger is a tool not his master. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 Silver Surfer: Best Defense #1 (Marvel)– In this particular issue, we find Silver Surfer playing out what looks to be The Good, The Bad and the Ugly interspersed with the ongoing drama between him and Galactus gives fan a little lull before the very first Defenders issue, as this one I was really hoping for more of a punch but fans only get a fizzle and alot of Surfer feeling sorry for himself. Overall: 6.7 Recommendation: Borrow

Doctor Strange: Best Defense #1 (Marvel)– In what is probably the best story I have read of Doctor Strange in a while, we get Old Man Strange. As he is the last Defender alive as Dormammu has won the war on humankind. We find out how it got this bad and what Strange lost before it got here. By issue’s end, everything is not as glum as it seems, as Strange has a secret weapon and takes the fight back to his arch nemesis with the help of an old friend. Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Typhoid Fever Iron Fist #1 (Marvel)– In what feels like a horror movie, Typhoid Mary who goes by Typhoid now, has taken over New York City. As she has every superhero including the X-men tearing each other apart. The only one to withstand her peers long-term is Iron Fist, who defends himself against everyone she sends his wayz By issue’s end, one mistake costs her residual powers become dampened and in turn, she goes mad. Overall: 9.1 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 (**).

Infidel’s Trade Paperback Gets a Second Printing

On the heels of news that Hany Abu-Assad will direct Infidel’s film adaptation, Image Comics is rushing the breakout hit horror story by bestselling editor and writer Pornsak Pichetshote, artist Aaron Campbell, award-winning colorist and editor José Villarrubia, and letterer/designer Jeff Powell back to print this week, ahead of schedule.

A haunted house story for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia. Garnering early critical acclaim for its fresh and timely twist on horror, Infidel was selected for numerous 2018 “best of” lists.

Infidel trade paperback collects issues #1-5—the complete miniseries—plus an introduction by Tananarive Due and an afterword by Jeff Lemire.

Infidel

Preview: Ares IX: Darkness

Ares IX: Darkness

(W) Brendan Hodgdon, Charles Crapo (A) Balazs Valyogos, Mark Whitaker (CA) Sara Knaepen

AN ALL-NEW ONE-SHOT FROM TOP COW TALENT HUNT WINNERS! Witness the untold chapter of a Demi-God’s story. After the Ascension of the IXs, Ares finds himself drawn to a mysterious catacomb. What he finds there will redefine his past, his future, and the entire IXth Generation!

Preview: Witchblade #10

Witchblade #10

(W) Caitlin Kittredge (A/CA) Roberta Ingranata (C) Bryan Valenza, (L) Troy Peteri

“GOOD INTENTIONS,” Part Four

Alex has vanished, and it’s up to Debbie and Majil to find her before disaster strikes. They reluctantly turn to Ash for help, and together they discover something terrible that N-GEN has been hiding.

Monstress Kicks Off a New Story Arc in January and Gets a Deluxe Hardcover Edition in July

Monstress #19

Image Comics has announced that the multiple Eisner Award-winning series Monstress by creator/writer Marjorie Liu and creator/artist Sana Takeda will be collected into a deluxe, oversized hardcover edition, Monstress: Book One, in July. A new story arc filled with adventure will launch this January with Monstress #19.

The Monstress: Book One hardcover edition will collect the first 18 issues of the New York Timesbestselling, Harvey Award, two-time Hugo Award, two-time British Fantasy Award, and five-time Eisner Award-winning series, and feature a striking new cover, as well as special extras, including never-before-seen sketches, script pages, and more with over 500 pages of award-winning content.

While fans wait for the hardcover edition this summer, they can pick up Monstress #19 in January, which will begin a new story arc in the series and will follow Maika and Corvin on their search for Kippa through a warped and lethal land, where even Kippa herself will face her own terrible monsters.

Monstress Book One

The richly imagined world of Monstress is an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia, with an art deco-infused steampunk aesthetic that’s brimming with arcane dangers. Within it, a teenage girl struggles to overcome the trauma of war, a task that’s made all the more difficult by her mysterious psychic link to an eldritch monster of tremendous power—a connection that will transform them both and place them in the crosshairs of both human and otherworldly powers.

Monstress #19 (Diamond Code NOV180165) will be available on Wednesday, January 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 17th.

Monstress Book One hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1232-6) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, July 3rd and in bookstores on Tuesday, July 9th.

Kill Six Billion Demons Returns in March with Book 3

Tom Parkinson-Morgan, known to his impressive online following as Abbadon, will release a trade paperback collection of the third chapter of his popular ongoing webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons this March from Image Comics

Sorority sister and possible inheritor to the universe Allison Ruth has been through a lot, but she’s definitely not done yet. She’s got to battle her way to the depths of an infinite treasure fortress in search of a long-lost friend. And along the way, she’ll have to confront not only the dark, criminal past of her closest companion, but also the depths of her own inner lust for power.

Kill Six Billion Demons, Book 3 (Diamond code: JAN190154, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1201-2) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 6th and bookstores on Tuesday, March 12th.

Kill Six Billion Demons Book 3

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For November ’18

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for November


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all pretty good, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for July’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


 

 

Catalyst Prime: Accell #10 (Lion Forge)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 370/1,631
Why You Should Read It: A satirical take on superheroes and serialized stories, this series has a lot more depth than you would first think. With the ending of the first arc in this issue, you’ve only got four to catch up on before the fifth issue hits this month.

Low Road West  #3 (Image)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 463/1,609
Why You Should Read It: 
 A nuclear war that destroyed part of the US is only the beginning for this series, which is effectively a series of familiar tropes done so very well in every way possible. A very engaging and enjoyable read.

Shuri #1 (Marvel)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold:336/1,982
Why You Should Read It:
I really hope that this comic has landed at this place on the sales chart because of its release late in the month and not because people ignored it. Shuri #1 is worth checking out – if nothing else at least read the first issue.

Quantum And Woody #12 (Valiant)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 262/3,960
Why You Should Read It: 
Perhaps one of the best comics  to illustrate what it means to be a superhero, and the effect that even one’s presence can have on the neighborhoods under a hero’s protection. THe final issue of the series, but a great candidate for my comic of the year.

Ducktales #14 (IDW)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 238/5,191
Why You Should Read It:
Because it’s frigging Ducktales.

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Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Erica Henderson and Kyle Starks Tag Team an Action-Packed Sidesplitter in Assassin Nation

Two-time Eisner Award winner Erica Henderson and Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks team up for the gut-busting, mega-violent action-comedy Assassin Nation this March from Image Comics and Skybound.

The World’s (Former) Greatest Hitman has a hit out on him. What to do? Why, hire the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards, of course. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers will have to work together to keep the new crime boss safe, figure out who’s trying to off him, and also… survive. 

Assassin Nation #1 (Diamond code: JAN190122) will be available on Wednesday, March 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th.

Lazarus: Risen Sees the Return of Forever and the Carlyle Family

The Eisner Award-winning team of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark will release Lazarus: Risen #1, which kicks off a new story arc in a new prestige format and with a new quarterly schedule, this March.

Weighing in at 64 pages and packed with extras, Lazarus: Risen #1 continues the story of Forever and the Carlyle Family. Two years have passed since they were betrayed in battle, and the Conclave War now encroaches on every side. As a new era dawns, Johanna Carlyle goes on the attack to ensure the survival of her Family, relying on the loyalty and support of the Carlyle Lazarus—her sister, Forever. And while their united front may be enough to turn the tide, the cracks are beginning to show…

Lazarus: Risen #1 will be available on Wednesday, March 13th. 

LAZARUS: RISEN #1
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