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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

INFERNO #4

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (DC Comics) – Having to deal with the inmates who escaped Arkham on “A day”, this series has been a tense thriller.

Bad Kitty for President (Roaring Brook Press) – It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! We’re new to this line of books but what we’ve read so far is fantastic. They’re both entertaining and educational with great lessons for kids (and adults).

Dark Knights of Steel #3 (DC Comics) – The fantasy setting for the DC universe has been interesting so far with shocking moments that have kept us entertained and wanting to see what’s next. A fantastic “elseworlds” type story.

Fourth Man #1 (AWA Studios) – Three dead bodies lay in a rural morgue – all murdered in the span of three weeks. It’s up to two detectives from opposite sides of the tracks to determine who put them there. Yeah, we’re game for this.

Inferno #4 (Marvel) – This is it! Jonathan Hickman’s era for the X-Men ends here and we have no idea how it’s going to wrap up.

Monkey Meat #1 (Image Comics) – Juni Ba has impressed us with everything done so far, so we’re excited for this anthology series from the creator.

Nocterra Special (Image Comics) – The book of Blacktop Bill! It’s origin of the mysterious villain.

One-Star Squadron #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had us laughing at this series that looks at the “also ran” heroes and their agency to help people.

So Far So Good (Centrala) – The story of the Mann brothers and their band waging guerilla war against the Communist regime in the early 1950s could be the most dramatic Czech tale of the 20th century.

West #1 (Uncivilized Comics) – Farmers uncover a conspiracy when they discover something in the depths of a tech corporation.

Review: Inferno #3

Inferno #3

With just one more issue to go, Inferno #3 is tasked with packing in a lot and boy does it. Wrapping up writer Jonathan Hickman‘s redefining vision for the X-Men, Inferno has revealed Moira MacTaggert to some of the key players in mutant politics and Krakoa creating division lines. It also brought back Destiny, one of the key character that could undo everything Charles, Erik, and Moira have been up to. With all of that, the series has been focused on the political maneuvering and behind the scenes machinations of its players. Inferno #3 brings the action as it shifts things a bit focusing more on O.R.C.H.I.S. and the origin of Omega Sentinel and Nimrod.

Hickman brings the white board as he takes us through the history of this new Sentinel threat and the origin of O.R.C.H.I.S. It’s best to not think too much into it, instead just enjoying the tension of the attack you know is coming.

But, where Inferno #3 truly stands out is the tension it brings within its characters and residents of Krakoa. And, it’s from the most unlikeliest source. Yes, there’s a discussion between Destiny, Mystique, and Emma with some great interactions with the Cuckoos. But, it’s the opening of the comic with Doug Ramsey that’s the most intriguing. We get to see the beginning of Krakoa and Professor X tasking Doug with talking to the island and eventually what is done with Warlock. We get a better sense of the growth and how some things were achieved. But, it’s what Doug has done that stands out as the greatest ramifications.

And that’s where Inferno #3 gets interesting. Even in this finale of Hickman’s run, details that go back to the beginning are being explained and fleshed out. And, some of these details are things we may not have even thought about or in general just accepted. It’s the addition of info that isn’t necessarily needed but clearly will have a great impact at some point in the future.

The art by R.B. Silva, Stefano Caselli, and Valerio Schiti is fantastic as expected. The series takes us all over with so many different focuses but it all comes together and works as a visually cohesive world. We’re taken from the wilds of Krakoa to the far out tech of O.R.C.H.I.S., from the past to the future, and it all works and works together in a style that feels like one world and one that evolves. The trio are joined by Adriano Di Benedetto on ink, David Curiel on color, and Joe Sabino on lettering. The visuals are consistently top notch making a discussion just as interesting as an impending attack.

Inferno #3 is an interesting issue ramping up the action and bringing together a lot of concepts and ideas that have been seeded along the way. I have no idea how this miniseries will wrap up so much and where it’ll leave things when all is said and done. But, it’s one that has me sucked in waiting to see where it’s going to take us from here.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: R.B. Silva, Stefano Caselli, Valerio Schiti
Ink: Adriano Di Benedetto Color: David Curiel Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Inferno #3

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Arkham City: Order of the World #3 (DC Comics) – Spinning out of “A day” this series narrows in on the former Arkham patients now running around. There’s a solid horror vibe to it all.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Jock both writes and draws Batman. Nuff said.

Buckhead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What strange secrets lie in the mysterious town of Buckhead, USA? We want to find out!

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Buffy is now in her 50s and the last Slayer fighting agains the forces of darkness who prey on humanity in the daylight unimpeded.

Captain America/Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – The two heroes must team up when they find out a villain they’re pursuing is connected to them both.

Crimson Cage #1 (AWA Studios) – A new take on the classic Macbeth set in the world of wrestling!

Daisy #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A horror story of a mother’s search for her missing son.

Dark Knights of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – A fantasy take on DC’s heroes. The first issue had just enough to twist things up and make the series more than just superheroes in a different setting.

Devil’s Reign #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event kicks off here as Mayor Fisk brings the hammer down on New York City’s heroes.

Inferno #3 (Marvel) – The miniseries is wrapping up Jonathan Hickman’s run on the X world and it’s definitely shaking things up with a lot of interesting maneuvering for power by the characters.

Lady Mechanika: Monster of Ministry #1 (Image Comics) – Lady Mechanika is one of those series we always come back to and enjoy. The beautiful art and the detail packed in is more than enough to make this debut worth picking up and checking out.

Mother F. Goose (AfterShock) – A twisted take on the classic fairytales.

What’s the Furthest Place From Here #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an intriguing apocalyptic world with a solid soundtrack to go along with it.

Check out all Ten Covers for Inferno #4!

This January, Jonathan Hickman’s transformative work on the X-Men mythos comes to end in Inferno #4. The climactic finale of this highly anticipated limited series will reunite Hickman with artist Valerio Schiti as they team up to put some of mutantkind’s biggest mysteries to rest.

Since the groundbreaking 2019 series House of X and Powers of X, Hickman has reshaped the X-Men franchise and ushered in one of its boldest eras yet. The foundation Hickman built will live on but INFERNO will deliver much anticipated resolutions to some of Krakoa’s long-running plotlines. Fans will see the final outcome to Mystique’s heartbreaking quest to be reunited with Destiny, more revelations from the past lives of Moira MacTaggert, untold secrets behind the very founding of Krakoa, and more all while the unstoppable threat Nimrod finally makes his move. 

Check out covers below by superstar artists including Pepe Larraz, Peach Momoko, Davi Go, Jeff Dekal, Iban Coello, David Baldeón, Oscar Vega, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Udon, and Jerome Opeña and don’t miss Hickman’s epic X-Men swansong when Inferno #4 hits stands on January 5.

Review: Inferno #2

Inferno #2

The first issue of Inferno was a lot of setup and maneuvering by its characters. It was a comic full of politics and not a whole lot of action. But, it set up the conflict to come with a few twists and turns in the start of Jonathan Hickman‘s endgame for his X-Men run. Inferno #2 is much of the same but delivering events from the view of Mystique. How did she return Destiny to the living? How is she manipulating everyone? We get our answers in a fairly satisfying issue.

Much of the issue is from Mystique’s point of view. We get a lot of answers around how she manipulated those around her to not just resurrect Destiny but also to get them to vote the way she wants. While it all makes sense in a way, there’s absolutely some holes in the plot of how she wasn’t detected in her maneuvering but some individuals. They’re minor headscratchers that are best to just roll with.

The issue is an interesting flipside of the coin as we get events from a different perspective. The issue could easily feel like a retread of events but Hickman manages to go beyond repeating the first issue in multiple ways. It moves the plot forward, especially towards the latter part of the issue as we see the pushback from Professor X, Magneto, and Moira as they attempt to figure out how they were outmaneuvered and what to do.

The art by Stefano Caselli is fantastic. With color by David Curiel and lettering by Joe Sabino there’s a beautiful stiffness to it all. The issue has some emotion but it’s mostly political maneuvers. There’s a lack of action but still a sense of gravitas and maturity about it all. The art perfectly captures it all in a “All the King’s Men” sort of way.

Inferno #2 is interesting as it feels like it has more in common with The West Wing than it does traditional X-Men comics. This is one of thinking and continued setup as the pieces of the puzzle come together for the final action that’s to come. After such a setup, what’s two more issues. Inferno #2 might seem like a bit of a bore but the interaction of the characters is impressive showing the X-Men as a political drama without the action might be more interesting than a showing of its flashy powers.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Stefano Caselli
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Amazing Spider-Man #77

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Amazing Spider-Man #77 (Marvel) – “Beyond” has been a solid new direction for the Spider-Man titles and Kelly Thompson steps in as writer and Sara Pichelli as artist of this issue. We’re excited to see what they do with the new focus.

Ant #1 (Image Comics) – After a week delay, we get to see Erik Larsen’s take on the classic character. Can’t wait to see what Larsen does with a brand-new ongoing series.

Comrade Kill (Adhouse Books) – “A Cold War super soldier accidentally wakes from a cryogenic freeze long after the war has ended to find out his existence is now meaningless. Being too dumb to reconcile this he goes out into the wild to satisfy a pointless mission objective that no one asked him to do.” That sounds too awesome to not check out.

Cross to Bear #1 (AfterShock) – Jack the Ripper ran to the Wild West and is being pursued by The Order, descendants of Crusaders sworn to eradicate the unnatural.

DC vs. Vampires #1 (DC Comics) – It’s the Justice League vs. Vampires!

The Harbinger #1 (Valiant) – Harbinger is back and we’re so excited for this new volume and direction. This is a series that is likely to be the center of the Valiant world going forward and we want to see where it all goes.

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #1 (Dark Horse) – We’re always excited for a new Hellboy series which tend to do a solid job of balancing the big meta picture and being accessible for new readers.

House of Slaughter #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Something is Killing the Children is a hit and we want to see how this new spin-off series is handled.

Inferno #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of setup as the end game of Jonathan Hickman’s vision for the X-Men begins. Here’s hoping things really get rolling here.

Primordial #2 (Image Comics) – A brand-new series from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino that puts a twist on the space race with an alternative take on history.

Search for Hu #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue was great with dips into generally not known history when it comes to Jewish migration mixed with action and family drama.

Swamp Dogs #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – Confederate soldiers are brought back to life by Voodoo and crave flesh!

Task Force Z #1 (DC Comics) – Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! Well ok then.

Tiny Dancer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) – Sien Cherson Siegel’s second graphic novel about her life in ballet.

The Winchester Mystery House #1 (Source Point Press) – The house is pretty famous and we’re intrigued into how you turn it into a comic series.

Preview: Inferno #1 (of 4)

Inferno #1 (of 4)

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jerome Opena
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
“There will be an island-not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI… as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.

Inferno #1 (of 4)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Inferno #1

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

10 Years to Death (AfterShock) – What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer? That teaser text has us intrigued.

Amazing Fantasy #3 (Marvel) – The series has been fantastic mixing fantasy and superheroes. The art is amazing, it’s just a hell of a lot of fun.

BRZRKR #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been a great mix of action, mystery, and some character depth. It’s clearly all a treatment for a film but it’s exceeded our expectations.

Corset #1 (Scout Comics) – A world-famous reclusive fashion designed and inventor invites a girl to his tower where he plans to reveal his dark secrets to her.

Darkhold Alpha (Marvel) – Scarlet Witch must save the Marvel Universe in this dive into the dark mystical side of the Marvel Universe.

Deathstroke Inc. #1 (DC Comics) – Slade Wilson gets the spotlight again in a brand-new series that seems to shake things up for him a bit as he takes on a team as he’s enlisted by the secret organization, T.R.U.S.T.!

Gun Honey #1 (Titan Comics) – A gun runner is enlisted by the US government to get back the escaped criminal she helped escape.

Human Remains #1 (Vault Comics) – Invading monsters have deprived gumans of feeling emotions which makes Dax and Bisa’s love dangerous.

Inferno #1 (Marvel) – The endgame to Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run begins here!

Night of Cadillacs #1 (Scout Comics) – Rival supernatural gangs come to Earth in a raiding mission to retrieve life-restoring blood from humans.

Party & Prey (AfterShock) – Alan is used to being ignored by younger guys, so he hardly believes his luck when lithe, handsome Scott makes a move on him in the crowded gay club. But there’s a wolf on the dance floor tonight, and he’s hungry for fresh prey…

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven (DC Comics) – The latest graphic novel in the “Teen Titans” series, this one’s a hell of a lot of fun as the various characters start to come together. But, it’s the interaction between Beast Boy and Raven that steals the show.

Transformers: Shattered Glass #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was good and we really want to see where this “Mirror Universe” take on the Transformers goes.

Unborn #1 (Source Point Press) – On a strange world, five explorers mine for super fuels in a last-ditch effort to save a collapsing Earth, but the mission goes to hell when they are overrun by a hostile alien species.

Undiscovered Country #16 (Image Comics) – Each issue is a wild ride and gets us to think about about what makes up “America”. A series that entertains and has some depth to it.

Preview: Inferno #1 (of 4)

Inferno #1 (of 4)

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jerome Opena
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
“There will be an island-not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI… as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.

Inferno #1 (of 4)

Marvel’s Stormbreakers Celebrate Comics’ Greatest Couples in Variant Covers

Marvel’s Stormbreakers, the next generation of elite artists, continue to take the comic book world by storm by shattering the limits of visual storytelling with their incredible talents! In addition to their exemplary work on Marvel’s hottest ongoing titles, this amazing group of artists come together each month to deliver outstanding, must-have collections of variant covers. And November’s Stormbreakers Variant Cover series will shine the spotlight on some of Marvel’s greatest couples.

Fans know that a super hero’s romances are just as riveting and integral to their mythos as their most epic battles, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers have stunningly captured some of Marvel’s greatest love stories including:

  • ·       Spider-Man and Mary Jane
  • Cyclops and Jean Grey
  • Daredevil and Elektra
  • Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman
  • Mystique and Destiny
  • Storm and Black Panther
  • Vision and Scarlet Witch
  • Captain America and Sharon Carter

Marvel cover reveals to come!

  • BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS #2 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JOSHUA CASSARA
  • AVENGERS #50 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO
  • DAREDEVIL #36 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JUANN CABAL
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #38 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS
  • X-MEN #5 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by R.B. SILVA
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #1 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PATRICK GLEASON
  • INFERNO #3 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PEACH MOMOKO
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