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Review: Trees: Three Fates #1

Trees: Three Fates #1

There’s not a whole lot I remember about Warren Ellis and Jason Howard‘s Trees. There’s big giant structures from space that landed on Earth but that was about it. Trees: Three Fates #1 is set in that world and while the first issue is interesting it could stand on its own.

The setting is one of the more intriguing things about this debut issue. There’s the alien structures but also that it takes place in a remote Russian village of Toska. But settings are different but so far don’t stand out as vital. On its own, Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid start to a whodunnit set in a remote town. What’s interesting is the location becomes a bit of a distraction as I found myself wondering why it all matters to the story.

And the story? A body is found at the base of a Tree and the question is who is the individual and who killed them? It’s pretty simple but the cast of characters is what makes the comic stand out. While none are “character of the year” material, they all have their quirks and small details that adds depth. There’s clear thought as to what’s presented, said, and shown.

Some of those details are in Howard’s art. Along with Dee Cunniffe‘s colors, the town feels rundown and isolated and a bit behind the times. Despite cell phones there’s a shortage of diesel and even with solar power an animal’s sleeping habit can cause issues. The mix of the dialogue and art paint an interesting location and town.

Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid read that can be enjoyed even if unfamiliar with the world of Trees. It’s a basic murder mystery with a unique location and setting but it’s the details and characters that make it stand out.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letters: Fonografiks
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Cemetery Beach #1

Cemetery Beach #1

One of the most intriguing series I have ever watched was The Prisoner. For those uninitiated, it is about a man who resigns from his job, and is knocked unconscious. When he wakes, he’s in an exact replica of his apartment in London, but he is no longer in London. He’s been transported elsewhere, to a place where every move he makes is monitored, and his place in a town called The Village where its population, on the surface, look like happy normal people, that is until you realize everyone that lives there, is not of their volition.  The show only intensifies after that, blending different genres, making more than palpable but scintillating, a true masterpiece of storytelling.

It would be remade once again in 2009 with some interesting revisions to the source material. The eeriness that haunted the series was ever present. As many shows since then has sought to replicate that edgy atmosphere and degree of mystery throughout its plot. As very few creators can take a similar concept and make it even better? Warren Ellis is one of them as he and Jason Howard have crafted a thriller set on a colony in Cemetery Beach, one where the protagonists can lose their lives at any point.

We meet Michael Blackburn, a professional pathfinder, who has stripped naked and being interrogated as to how he ended up on Cemetery Beach, as he eventually kills the interrogator and finds his way out.  He soon realizes he doesn’t know his way out, which is when we meet, Grace Moody, a disaffected young murderess, who may spell trouble for Michael, more than he knows. As they escape, they board a transport ship under fire from the prison guards, leading it to crash and for Michael and Grace to find alternate means to escape. By issue’s end, their actions have caught the attention of the leader of prison planet, who is keen on not anyone knowing what is really going on in the planet.

Overall, an action-packed debut that feels like a rollercoaster and blows the doors off of everything literally. The story by Ellis, is funny, well developed and pulse pounding. The art by Howard is beautiful. Altogether, a great introduction to a world that looks familiar but is nothing like anyone has ever seen.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black Badge #7

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 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 Wednesday.

Black Badge #7 (BOOM! Studios) – The Badge of Champions reaches its blood conclusion! This series takes the concept of Scouts to a whole new level.

Go-Bots #4 (IDW Publishing) – Tom Scioli continues to rock this series which brings the classic property back with childlike fun.

High Level #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The latest Vertigo release, written by Rob Sheridan with art by Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Fajardo takes a look at a future society built from scratch and hopefully delivers the social commentary we’d expect from Vertigo.

Hulkverines #1 (Marvel) – Every time we’ve expected little from this concept it not only surprised us but blew us away.

Incursion #1 (Valiant) – It’s the Geomancer and Eternal Warrior standing against an invasion.

Letter to Survivors (New York Review Comics) – A graphic novel that follows a postal worker on his bizarre mail route in a post-apocalyptic world.

Naomi #2 (DC Comics/Wonder Comics) – The first issue set up an interesting mystery in the DC universe and we want to see where it goes.

Sharkey Bounty Hunter #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld) – With Millar’s Netflix deal, we want to see what properties are being created.

Stronghold #1 (AfterShock Comics) – From writer Phil Hester and artist Ryan Kelly, the concept is intriguing. Our planet is actually a prison designed to shelter and trap an amnesiac alien of incalculable power.

Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1 (Marvel) – Now we can finally find out what the hell is going on.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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


Top Pick: Immortal Brothers: The Green Knight #1 (Valiant) – The Eternal Warrior has become one of my favourite characters, so this 48 page one-shot by Matt Kindt and Cary Nord that places him and his brothers in King Arthur’s court (another subject I’m very fond of) is going to rocket to the top of my pull list. I’ve been looking forward to this for months.

Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel) – Logan heads back in time to, I assume, various points in his past. I know nothing about this series beyond the front covers, but they look so incredibly exciting.

Redline #2 (Oni Press) – It’s not often I get excited about sci-fi comics… but this is one of the ones that tickles my fancy,

Voracious: Feeding Time #5 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – I make no secret of my love for this series whatsoever, and the finale to the second miniseries is going to be explosive – and awesome. My expectations are through the roof for this, but Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr have a habit of smashing those to smithereens with each issue.



Top Pick: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Last issue introduced us to Hardy Boys noir, let’s see what’s in store for Nancy.

All-Time Comics: Bullwhip #1 (Fantagraphics) – The idea of this line is so perfect and ridiculous it’s a must for me.

Spencer and Locke #1 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Calvin & Hobbes noir. I’ll take that for at least one issue.

American Barbarian Complete Series (IDW Publishing) – !!!



Top Pick: Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel) – I can’t believe Lemire’s run is almost over, but this four issue arc sounds like a hell of a way to go out on top.

Seven to Eternity #5 (Image) – It’s back! The book returns after a usual image trade release break, and I’m stoked to see what Remender does.

Grass Kings #2 (BOOM! Studios) – After a promising first issue from one of my favorite writers, Matt Kindt, I am hyped for the second one.

Action Comics #977 (DC Comics) – The Superman Reborn arc was a lot of fun, and this comic has been consistently great. What’s next for Supes?

Detective Comics #954 (DC Comics) – A classic villain and Batman prepare to battle? Or will they? Tynion is killing it on this book and I’m so excited to see where this story goes, especially involving Orphan so much.



It’s an amazing week to be a comic book lover. It was really hard to narrow it down to the seven titles I picked.

Top Pick: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Shadow #2 (Dark Horse) – Shadow’s life is about to get even more interesting in this graphic serial version of almost everyone favorite Gaiman book. Come for the David Mack variant covers, stay for the amazing story.

Top Pick: Black Panther and the Crew #1 (Marvel) – YES PLEASE. So many black superheroes, such a strong story, so much action. Saying I am here for the page turning story arc is an understatement.

America #1 2nd Printing (Marvel) – If you don’t already own a copy or haven’t read it yet, then you should get to it. Despite the shady AF comments about diversity killing the Marvel’s print sales, we have a comic book about a Queer Latina requiring a 2nd printing proving that representation counts, diversity is important and  America (the superhero & the country) is for all of us.

Kingpin #3 (Marvel) – The hits keep on coming, take that however you want, and, Kingpin is becoming a complex, fully realized, multi-faceted character.

Suicide Squad #15 (DC Comics) – The “Burning Down the House” storyline comes to an end. Deadshot is about to go up against his old team with Harley leading the charge. Rustam and his crew had better bring their A-game because, the Squad is in a take no prisoners, crack all skulls kind of mood.

Honorable Mention: Deadpool vs Punisher #1 (Marvel) – A battle of the morally gray psycho “heroes” is upon us. The man of all the action and little words meets the man with all the words and all the action.  Got popcorn?

Honorable Mention: Weapon X #1 (Marvel) – building on the awesomeness of Logan, the newest version of the Weapon X will keep you on your toes and worried about the safety of some of our favorite clawed mutants. You should be worried, this Weapon X upgrade isn’t just about creating superior mutants, it’s about kicking off a mutant genocide.



Top Pick: Weapon X #1 (Marvel) – I’m a sucker for shadowy government agencies, and Weapon X has a long standing history in Marvel of being one of the most shadiest and deadliest.  I’m excited to see what this new agency’s agenda is, and I’m looking forward to seeing Domino and Warpath back on a team line up.

X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel) – I’m hoping this title brings some of the fun from this teams first book, but also get them more into playing the heroes they will one day grow up to be.  And it’s going to be interesting to see how Magneto performs as mentor and how he will influence this team.  I’m thinking this is going to be a good one.



Top Pick: Spencer & Locke #1 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – It’s Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City and it’s amazing. One of my favorite debuts so far of 2017 it’s entertaining and subversive.

Godshaper #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A super interesting concept where everyone has a god. I’ve read the first issue and it’s a unique idea and intriguing start.

Heathen #3 (Vault Comics) – Have you read the first two issues? That alone is reason this is on my list. A solid LGBT comic that is set in the world of vikings.

Solar Flare #1 (Scout Comics) – An apocalypse story where power goes out, Scout has been putting out entertaining comics that fly under the radar. They’ve nailed it when it comes to quality and solid comics. So, when there’s a new release it’s always on my list to check out.

The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (Marvel) – So far, the comic has been a lot of fun with a positive entertaining vibe that I can’t help but smile when I read it.

Saga’s Lying Cat Gets a Statue for Local Comic Shop Day

Image Comics/Skybound have revealed an exclusive Saga statue of the fan-favorite character Lying Cat in celebration of this year’s Local Comic Shop Day.

This exquisitely detailed, limited edition, black-and-white Lying Cat will be an eight inch resin statue, hand numbered, and limited to 300 pieces worldwide.

The LCSD Lying Cat statue (Diamond Code AUG168737) will be available on Saturday, November 19th at participating comic book retailers. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, September 26th.

This year’s Local Comic Shop Day will be held on November 19, 2016 this year. This year’s event is being held the Saturday BEFORE Small Business Saturday. It’s the only comic book industry event created and run by retailers for retailers. Last year, 400 storefronts participated.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

The bestselling, cult-hit Nowhere Men by writer and Publisher at Image Comics, Eric Stephenson, new series artist Dave Taylor, Eisner-award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografiks jump-started the highly anticipated second story arc to early critical-acclaim and fan enthusiasm. Nowhere Men #7 is being fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

Nowhere Men #7 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website, the official Image Comics iOS app, ComiXology’s website, iOS, Android, and Google Play.

Nowhere Men #7, 2nd printing arrives in stores on Wednesday, February 1st and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC158647.

Nowhere Men #8 hits stands on Wednesday, February 24th and can be ordered with Diamond Code DEC150601.

Nowhere Men #7 2nd Printing

Preview: Red One #1

Red One #1

Story By: Xavier Dorison
Art By: Terry Dodson
Art By: Rachel Dodson
Cover By: Terry Dodson
Cover By: Rachel Dodson
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150575
Published: March 18, 2015

What happens when America’s greatest hero…is a Russian Spy? Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider- Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).


Preview: Velvet #9

Velvet #9

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Steve Epting
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Steve Epting
Cover By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140689
Published: February 4, 2015

Velvet walks a deadly path into the past for answers, as her story takes its darkest turn yet!


Preview: Rat Queens #8

Rat Queens #8

Story By: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art By: Roc Upchurch
Cover By: Tyler Jenkins
Variant Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140495
Published: October 1, 2014

“THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH,” PART THREE If your enemy is just too damn strong, well…when you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And then from the safety of their trust, that’s when you kill ‘em with a good rusty blade to the spine. Rat Queens style.


Image Teases a Startling Invincible

With Image Expo coming up, I think we can expect to hear Skybound announce that their excellent super hero series Invincible will either relaunch with a new first issue or will have a clear point that’ll mark the next era of the series and keep the current numbering.

In a shorter summary, expect an announcement concerning Invincible soon.


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