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Image Comics Gets Kick-Ass

Image Comics has announced that the bestselling trade paperback collections of the hit comic book series, Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., will find a new home at Image Comics. Kick-Ass, Vol. 1-4 of the trade paperbacks will hit stores this February 2018—just in time for the February 10th anniversary of the series.

The beloved Kick-Ass series introduces teen comic book nerd Dave Lizewski, who dons his homemade Kick-Ass costume and takes to the streets of NYC to fight the city’s hardest criminals. This New York Times bestseller became a worldwide phenomenon overnight, spending three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market chart and spawning the KICK-ASS movie that opened at No.1 in the box office.

To celebrate the launch of the new Kick-Ass series, all four volumes of Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years are being released through Image Comics. Relive what happens when Dave Lizewski asks himself “How come nobody’s ever become a superhero before?” and makes his teenage superhero daydreams an ass-kicking reality.

A new ongoing monthly Kick-Ass comic by the series’ original creative team will launch concurrently with Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 1-4 trade paperbacks all hitting stores from Image Comics. Two weeks later, superstar character Hit-Girl also gets her own monthly series from the creative team of Mark Millar and Ricardo Ortiz.

Kick-Ass trade paperbacks will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, February 14th and in bookstores on Tuesday, February 20th. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, January 8th.

  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 1, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0719-3, Diamond code: DEC170572
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 2, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0720-9, Diamond code: DEC170573
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 3, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0721-6, Diamond code: DEC170574
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 4, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0722-3, Diamond code: DEC170575

The new Kick-Ass #1 will be available on Wednesday, February 14th. The final order cutoff is Monday, January 22nd:
  • Kick-Ass#1 Cover A by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170560
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover B B&W by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170561
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover C Limited Special Anniversary variant by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170562
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover D by Frank Quitely, Diamond code: DEC170563
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover E by Olivier Coipel, Diamond code: DEC170564
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover F black cover, Diamond code: DEC170565

Hit-Girl #1 will be available from Wednesday, February 21. The final order cutoff is Monday, January 29.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Action Comics #992 (DC Comics) – With “The Oz Effect” over, we’re intrigued to see where this series goes as that story attacked the very hope Superman is built on.

The Apocalypse Girl #1 (Amigo Comics) – Metis is 16, has all these problems and more. Because, on top of that, the End of the World happened and she has to cope with bloodthirsty demons and a 4,000-years old, critical, undead mom! This just sounds awesome.

Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1 (Archie Comics) – We’ve read it, it’s awesome. Check out our early review.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 (DC Comics) – Out! Out! Our favorite Demon is back in a new limited series. The first issue is intriguing and should be fun for long time fans of the character.

Detective Comics #969 (DC Comics) – Kicking off “Fall of the Batmen.” That title alone has us taking notice.

Doomsday Clock #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve already posted multiple reviews, but this is THE comic of the week. After lots of build up the world of Watchmen and DC collide.

Doppleganger #1 (Alterna Comics) – Dennis’ grip on reality fully unravels when an evil version of himself begins to torment him. Alterna has been doing an awesome job with their newsprint line of comics and this is a brand new one to check out. Just $1.50 people!

Eleanor & the Egret #5 (AfterShock) – Amazing art and beyond adorable story. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Gregory Suicide (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel taking on clones and a story that spirals in paranoia. A solid read with some really cool art.

Imaginary Fiends #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Imaginary friends that also want you to kill. The procedural meets… well, we’re not quite sure. First issue is a great set up in what will be an interesting twist on the police genre.

Long Lost #1 (Scout Comics) – Stranger Things meets Ghost World in Long Lost, the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden there, with all roads leading back to their enigmatic, secretive mother

Motor Girl #10 (Abstract Studios) – The final issue of the series. We’re sad already.

Rugrats #2 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – We loved the cartoon. We loved the first issue. We’re getting our Rugrats fix, how about you? A comic that’s great for kids and their parents looking for nostalgia.

Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #2 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer continues to expand in this series. Jeff Lemire people!!!

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 (Marvel) – 90s nostalgia, nuff said.

Star Wars #39 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics you’re missing out on great action and a fantastic extension of the world. If you’re a fan of the movies and not reading these, you’re really missing out.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #13 (IDW Publishing) – Post “First Strike” Optimus heads into the Cybertronian wilderness to search for the first new life in four million years. These types of stories tend to really stand out.

Void Trip #1 (Image Comics) – The story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria.

WWE #11 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a fan of wrestling, these comics are a must.

X-O Manowar #9 (Valiant Entertainment) – One of the best series out there today.

 

 

Alex de Campi Takes Us on a Twisted Romance

Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi teams up with some of comics’ hottest artists for Twisted Romance, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between.

Each issue of this month-long romance event will feature 48 pages of content: a main comic story, a backup comic story, and a backup prose story. Within the pages of Twisted Romance, you can expect to find a wide variety of themes, including the commoditization of breakups, the love of a shy girl and a wildly famous guy, forbidden love on an intergalactic dreadnought, and the deceptive lure of childhood as seen by a princess who’s afraid to grow up. Exclusive sneak-peeks can be found throughout December and January at participating sites; see below for details.

Twisted Romance #1: “Old Flames” (Diamond code: DEC170607) arrives February 7th, featuring art from Katie Skelly, a backup comic from Sarah Horrocks, and a prose story by Magen Cubed. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

Twisted Romance #2: “Twinkle and the Star” (Diamond code: DEC170608) hits shelves February 14th, with art from Alejandra Gutiérrez, a backup comic from Meredith McClaren, and a prose story by Vita Ayala. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 22nd.

Twisted Romance #3: “Invincible Heart” (Diamond code: DEC170609) will be available February 21st, with art from Carla Speed McNeil, a backup comic from Margaret Trauth, and a prose story by Jess Bradley. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 29th.

Twisted Romance #4: “Treasured” (Diamond code: DEC170610) hits stores February 28th, with art from Trungles, a backup comic from Sarah Winifred Searle, and a prose story by Naomi Salman. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th.

Image Comics Heads to Madefire

Madefire is teaming up with Image Comics to make available a trove of back catalog titles to the Madefire platform.

Featuring a broad selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, Madefire’s unique platform gives fans of Image Comics a new place to discover content on all their devices.

The addition of Image Comics’ iconic catalog is the latest in a spate of content acquisitions for Madefire, including recently inked deals with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and brings together a vast library of digital works that include over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and Motion Books, produced by the best creators and publishers in the industry, including IDW, TNT, 20th Century FOX, Archie, BOOM!, Blizzard, Valiant, Dynamite, Titan, and more.

Review: Warframe #1 & 2

Warframe, the free game for PC and console, has a pretty simple surface premise: be a robot space ninja with guns and do cool parkour tricks. It’s free and, honestly, it serves the game well. You don’t have to care more about what’s going on that that if you don’t want to. In a lot of ways, it’s a lot like Overwatch in that respect: lore is meant to enhance the experience of the gameplay but isn’t entirely necessary. It’ll definitely make things clearer however, especially as you get deeper into the game’s story missions.

The Warframe comics from Image and Top Cow also help to fill in some of the lore of the world of Warframe where Tenno, Grineer, and other factions are constantly at war over the solar system and the secrets of the Orokin hidden within the Void. The first arc thus far seems to come before the start of the game and details how a Tenno came to be in the hands of the Grineer Captain Vor. If you’re curious about how what’s supposed to be a great warrior ended up a prisoner of war, #1 and 2 fill in the gap well.

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Fans of the game will recognize several faces (or, in the case of Warframes, “faces”) like the Lotus, Vor, Excalibur, Mag as well as locations like the Ostron village of Cetus introduced in the latest major patch of the game, Plains of Eidolon, and an Orokin vault. But other characters will be a new vector of storytelling from the ideas of Steve Sinclair and the writing team of Matt Hawkins and Ryan Cady. My favorite bits thus far have been the expletive substitutes used in #2. It’s always interesting to see how writers choose to navigate language in sci-fi settings.

The art by Studio Hive works well with this, stylizing the lush worlds created by developer Digital Extremes in much the same way as final concept art to help draw you in deeper. Alongside the lettering of Troy Peteri that makes it easy to follow along with who exactly is speaking when, this comic is a well communicated and smooth read.

If you’re a fan of the game or have become one, this comic is definitely one to pick up to dive even deeper into the lore of a game that already has a ton to offer. And hey, the game is free.

Story: Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady Art: Studio Hive
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Keep up with it if you’re invested in Warframe’s lore or want to be

#1 was obtained as a convention exclusive, #2 was provided to Graphic Policy.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/18

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.


Ryan C

TheWickedAndTheDivine_33-1The Wicked + The Divine #33 (Image)**  We were promised a big cliffhanger this time out, but that’s not exactly true : we’ve got two or three of ’em, depending on what surprises you. Lots more questions than answers, which is good, and while Kieron Gillen’s “too cool for school” highly-stylized writing style still grates on me at times, Jamie McKelvie’s art is, as ever, absolutely superb. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #35 (DC)** Tom King and Joelle Jones wrap up their little Catwoman-vs.-Talia al Ghul three-parter with probably the best installment of the bunch, featuring some quite nice character moments between Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne, some dynamic fight sequences, and some stunning art. Nothing too terribly awe-inspiring, by any stretch, but better than what we’re used to from this series. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Wild Storm #9 (DC/WildStorm)** Another solid installment from Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt that features a tighter focus around a smaller cast of characters than most previous issues, and the result is a brisk, at times breathtaking read with one of the most superbly-delineated fights you’ll see in any book this year. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ringside #13 (image)** Don’t look now, but Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber seem to be putting some serious effort into this series again after mailing it in for a good six issues or so. Keatinge’s wide-ranging script is beginning to see its multiple plot points begin to converge, and Barber’s art is looking more polished and determined. We’re nowhere near the heights achieved by the first few installments yet, but it’s good to see that things are on an upward trajectory. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Christopher

Dept H #20 (Dark Horse)The tension continues to increase as the surviving crew of Dept H still struggle to get to the surface. Like previous issues, this one does reveal a backstory. This time it is Q’s one of the few characters whose backstory hasn’t been heard. The are continues to darker in the present then it is the past, keeping this issue consistent with previous issues. Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Overall.:8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

The Batman Who Laughs #1 (DC)­­ The Batman who Laughs is a fantastic tie-in to DC Comics’ Metal event that examines the nature of evil through the lens of the classic BMWL_Cv1_r1_ds-1rivalry between Batman and the Joker. Riley Rossmo’s art is seriously messed up, and his layouts mirror the funhouse mirror chaos of the Joker, who is killed by Batman and then infects him with his madness. (Rossmo also successfully executes a jump scare in a comic book.) There have been a bunch of evil Batman Elseworlds stories over the years, but James Tynion and Rossmo go deeper psychologically and show how breaking bad affects Batman’s relationships with his family and Superman. If this was the last Batman/Joker story ever, this would be a good way to go out . Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy

The Punisher #218 (Marvel)** Frank Castle and Nick Fury Jr. are a match made in hell in Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova, and Lee Loughridge’s new Punisher series. Rosenberg’s script is fairly humorous as a bureaucracy bound super spy trades wits with a single minded killing machine. Frankly, Fury is using the Punisher to cover his own ass and realizes that maybe letting Frank steal the War Machine armor was a terrible idea. Vilanova’s art is gritty and draws Frank with a stoic demeanor that masks a psychopath underneath in a similar way to Steve Dillon’s work. Some of his fight scenes are crowded and hard to follow, but weird numbering aside, Punisher #218 is a darkly violent, way too many guns toting, international take on the classic vigilante/anti-hero/villain. Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read.



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 (**).

Review: The Wicked + the Divine #33

“Are you a demon or a fucked up girl?” is the question posed by Urdr to Persephone in a pivotal scene in The Wicked + the Divine #33, and in true WicDiv/real life fashion, there is no clear answer to this query. The “Imperial Phase” comes to a close in with a flashback/plot twist, a harrowing conversation that doubles as a character defining moment for both Urdr and Persephone, and let’s just say, one hell of an ending. Visually, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson continue to embrace the shadows and show another Pantheon transformation sequence with an eight bit twist. In his writing, Kieron Gillen does a “Once more we return” and dives into the connection between fans, artists, and fame with a healthy helping of death and sacrifice

Unlike certain formerly-known-as-prestige TV shows, Gillen connects both his twists and character deaths to WicDiv‘s overall themes. David Blake is one of the few non-Pantheon members, who has stuck around/lived throughout the series, and it makes so much sense that he has been Woden all along.  He is also the ultimate fanboy of the Pantheon and willing to do whatever it takes to be connected to that power including his own, honestly super nice and curious son as both a free labor force and a power battery. There are shades of manipulative stage parents, like Joe Jackson, Joe Simpson, and in the sports world, Lavar Ball, in the way that Woden is disappointed in Jon while using him to have the kind of power and fame to be in a very exclusive club that he’s always wanted to be in. Gillen goes deep cut with Norse mythology and makes Jon, Mimir, a god whose head that Odin carries around to see other realms and get wisdom. Mimir’s Well is located by the World Tree Yggdrasil so hence the weird connection between Urdr and Woden.

The fan/artist/power conflict also extends to Persephone whose conversation with Urdr while Jon is basically hanging is the heart of WicDiv #33. Persephone has been all action, recklessness, and rebellion in year 3 of WicDiv and in some ways is trying to forcibly be the Destroyer. But she’s really wracked with guilt about her family’s death, which she blames on her desire to get anything to be in the Pantheon. Jamie McKelvie’s talents as an artist of empathy and character acting comes in handy during this sequence. He depicts Persephone from the side holding her knees as she tries to process what has happened to her during the past few arcs and uses a lot of close-ups in subsequent panels. McKelvie’s take on Urdr has a lot of anxiety as she swings from being afraid of the possibly Destroyer, Persephone and trying to be a good friend to the young fangirl, Laura. This is WicDiv so their conversation doesn’t end in hugs and reunions, but with an aphorism type line from Urdr and a little side head turn from Persephone. It’s a real of point of no return moment when Urdr calls her Persephone and not Laura, which results in tears and a tense beat panel.

In the context of the whole series, Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson codify sacrifice again as a big theme of WicDiv. Instead of the old preying on the young like Ananke killing Luci, Inanna, and Tara in previous issues or more recently, Woden completely draining Dionysus: a young person is the one making the sacrifices. Minerva has been through some shit throughout “Rising Action” and “Imperial Phase”, and her new role as the head removing Ananke is sad, yet wonderful payoff for her character as she looks to take a more active role in the series going into its fourth year. She understands the idea of “necessity” in warding off the Great Darkness even if that means the death of someone close to her. But it is incredibly sad to see the one, real innocent member of the Pantheon be corrupted like this.

In the spirit of Urdr, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson get to the truth about who Woden is and the Great Darkness in WicDiv #33 using the shadows and claustrophobic spaces of Valhalla with splashes of eight bit menace to provide an emotionally draining reading experience. There are a decent amount of cards still on the table, but the chess board has turned into a pit of hot lava lorded over by an entitled abusive fanboy as Gillen and McKelvie cross the proverbial Rubicon and make Woden the literal patriarchy.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jamie McKelvie Colors: Matthew Wilson
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3  Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Evolution #1 Heads Back to Print

The hot new Image/Skybound horror series Evolution from writers James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson with artists Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increased customer demand.

Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to the stage it’s reached in Evolution. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it?

Evolution #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code SEP178856) and Evolution #2 (Diamond Code OCT170668) will be available on Wednesday, December 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 27th.

Coyotes #1 Heads to a Second Printing

Image Comics has announced that the first issue of Coyotes, the new dark fantasy series from Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky, is being rushed back to print to keep up with customer demand.

Underworld meets Sicario in Coyotes, a mythological thriller that offers up a tale of disappearances, secrets, and bloodbaths. Women are going missing, and war is brewing in retaliation. Detective Frank Coffey arrives to try and make sense of the carnage—but what he finds is a little girl with a secret and a sword.

Coyotes#1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: OCT178072) and Coyotes #2 (Diamond code: OCT170665) will be available on Wednesday, December 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 20th.

Brutal sci-fi series VS arrives this February

Superstar artist Esad Ribić will make his creator-owned debut, teaming up with acclaimed writer Ivan Brandon for the darkly satirical sci-fi series VS this February from Image Comics. Painted colors from Nic Klein and design by Tom Muller round out the powerhouse creative team.

War has become a spectator sport.

Privately funded armies of superstar soldiers march into battle for fame, profit, and the glory of their sponsor nations. When a new generation of soldiers arrive, top gladiator Satta Flynn is about to discover how fleeting the limelight can be—and how punishing.

VS #1, Cover A (Diamond code: DEC170585) by Esad Ribić and Cover B (Diamond code: DEC170586) by Esad Ribić and Tom Muller, hits comic book stores Wednesday, February 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

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