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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.

Joe

Top Pick: Batman #42 (DC Comics) – The last Poison Ivy issue was great, and I cannot wait to continue it. Ivy vs Cat will be a blast!

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 (Marvel) – Doctor Strange is always best when it’s weird, and boy this is super weird.

Infinity Countdown #1 (Marvel) – I am actually semi-excited for Marvel rebooting, though it just happened not long ago with Legacy. Infinity Countdown Prime and the Warlock comic have both been solid and set up some neat things. I have semi-high hopes for this.

Super Sons Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – This series is great, and this was a fun arc. Jon and Damien are great together, and though the series is ending, I am sure we see more of them sometime soon.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #7 (Valiant) – There’s not much I can say about this that I have’t already said in my reviews, but the long and the short of it is that I want this as an example of what comics are capable of as a visual medium. Jeff Lemire is one of the better writers in comics right now, and here he takes over the art (such that it is) to tell a story using only the panel borders and the letters against completely black pages. It’s a phenomenally ambitious comic.

 

Brett

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid one featuring a national tragedy, alien world, and at its heart a story about two brothers. There’s so much thought and detail put into the first issue, this one will be an absolute beast of a series and definite hit.

Dodge City #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has found success with a series about fencing and now we have one about dodge ball. The first issue is fun and entertaining and continues to bring the success we’ve seen with sports focused manga to western audiences.

East of West #36 (Image Comics) – Every issue of this series has been impressive and this issue left my jaw on the floor. Just amazing visuals and really moves the story along. Start from the beginning with this series and enjoy.

Gideon Falls #1 (Image Comics) – If Jeff Lemire writing the series wasn’t enough, Andrea Sorrentino on the art is the cherry on top.

Mech Cadet Yu #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Kids + giant robots vs. aliens. What else do you need to know? A fun series that brings the things I love about Pacific Rim to a wider aged audience.

Preview: Infinity Countdown #1

Infinity Countdown #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Aaron Kuder (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The Saga of the Infinity Stones begins!
As the Infinity Stones reappear around the cosmos, the ultimate race for power is on!! Battles will be fought, blood will be spilled, lives will be lost… all as the greatest cosmic heroes and villains vie for possession of the Power Stone, towering over a remote asteroid, somehow grown to the size of a building. Watch as the path to Infinity opens before your eyes and the END lies near…

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Infinity Countdown #1

With a CRASH and a BANG, the cosmic strike of the Countdown begins as the greatest epic in the history of the Infinity Stones explodes onto the pages of Infinity Countdown! This March, the hunt for the stones begins…but a new weapon of unimaginable power is being forged, and it’s a weapon like nothing the universe has ever seen!

The race for power has begun, and the creative team of Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder are gearing up to bring you the biggest Infinity story yet!

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here. Who’s going to see Black Panther? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Vice – We Went to a Comic Con in Pakistan – This could be really interesting.

CBR – Joss Whedon No Longer Attached to Batgirl Film – Well, at least he admits he had no idea what to do.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Panther Annual #1

Newsarama – The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1

Newsarama – Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

IGN – Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Newsarama – Infinity Countdown: Prime

Talking Comics – Infinity Countdown: Prime

Comic Attack – Kick-Ass Vol. 2 #1

Review: Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

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And so it begins, the start of Infinity Countdown

Okay, okay, technically the Adam Warlock issue was the start but I digress.

Yes, it’s pretty clear why this mini-event is going to be a thing (oh gee, what big movie is coming out the first week of May again?) but I’m always a believer of execution that matters and this is no exception. Yes, it’s easy to be cynical about these sort of things but that doesn’t mean they’re automatically bad. Just takes the right person to tackle the material. Given writer Gerry Duggan has been writing Guardians of the Galaxy and seems to be doing well with the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, he seems to have a good foundation to work off of.

But this book is a flat out setup for things to come in the main series as well as the tie ins to follow. The book even starts with Loki meeting the newly resurrected Logan a.k.a. OG Wolverine who has been quite accustomed to the space stone that allows him to teleport. So you can imagine his response to Loki when he tries to warn him about the Infinity Stones.

Much of the other scenes afterwards showcase more setup for the tie ins to come such as for Daredevil and Captain Marvel and especially which characters have the Infinity Stones. And yes, Daredevil is a very random choice to toss in for this mini event (and given Black Widow is among the tie ins, she is just as random for this). There’s additional stuff with the Guardians of the Galaxy and surprise characters throughout. I can tell you certain characters I didn’t see coming especially given the ending of the issue which no doubt bodes a lot of intrigue as to what could possibly happen.

But all of it is decent set up, it’s just getting all the players in one place before the game can start. Characterization is pretty good all across the board especially given the humorous interaction between Loki and Wolverine with the former frustrated with the latter not listening to him. As well as Rocket dreading the possibility of going back to Earth which definitely gave me a chuckle. Duggan certainly looks like he has a lot to cover but I’m intrigued to see what directions he’ll take the story in.

Mike Deodato Jr.‘s art is very well done. There’s a lot of impressive scenery and well drawn characters. I did feel Wolverine was drawn a bit too buff like his torso and arms were bigger than his head, maybe it was perspective but it came off as that to me. The colors by Frank Martin certainly help the book’s art as well, also giving it a shaded look. Not much action to go around but there are plenty of dynamic moments that are well drawn.

Not much else to say except it’s decent setup. Like the appetizer to the main course. If you’re interested in Infinity Countdown, this is a good pick up before diving into the many books surrounding the mini event.

 

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Black Panther Annual #1 (Marvel) – Some of Black Panther’s greatest creators return for this annual.

Deathbed #1 (Vertigo) – We’ve read it, it’s amazing and entertaining. A writer is hired to tell the life of a mysterious person… then the twist happens.

Fence #4 (BOOM! Studios) – A wonderful series that takes the best of sports focused manga and gives it a Western twist. Every issues is fantastic.

Hit-Girl #1 (Image Comics) – The Kick-Ass reboot was a mixed bag but we’re hoping this one will be better.

Infinity Countdown: Prime #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next event is gearing up and we’re excited to see where it goes.

James Bond: The Body #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Have you read the first issue!? Bond recounts tales as to how he received the scars he has. A fantastic way to frame the story.

Mata Hari #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – A new release from Berger Books is on our radar and a series we’re automatically looking forward to checking out.

Punks Not Dead #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – A new release from Black Crown is on our radar and a series we’re automatically looking forward to checking out.

Quantum and Woody #3 (Valiant) – One of the most entertaining superhero comics on the market. The team up will keep you entertained from the action and the laughter.

Rust Vol. 4 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – If you’ve read the first three volumes of this series, you know why it’s on this list. From the beautiful art to the amazing storytelling, this volume wraps up the series about a mechanical boy trying to live his life post war. We’re expecting a tearjerker.

Preview: Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Contains 30 pages of all-new story from Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr, with additional bonus content! This brand-new story is the beginning of the saga fans won’t want to miss.

The Infinity Stones. Individually, they grant their wielder great power. Together, they grant the power of a god. Newly reformed and scattered throughout the universe, these artifacts allow the ones who claim them their heart’s desire. Now, as their locations are discovered, forces converge for a battle that will begin the universe down a dark path to the END. Jump onto this exciting ride that will lead to the biggest Infinity yet! Plus: The saga of the Infinity Stones-what they are and how they came to be! From creation to destruction to re-creation, this prose primer will tell you everything you need to know about the legendary cosmic gems!

Who Holds Infinity? Find Out With the Infinity Circuit!

Separately, they’re all-powerful. Together, their power is limitless. To help you prepare for the biggest Infinity epic yet, Marvel has released Infinity Circuit: the guide that will make YOU the master of the Infinity Stones, just in time for Infinity Countdown #1!

Serving as a handy guide designed to show which stones our mighty Marvel heroes currently hold at the start of Infinity Countdown #1, the Infinity Circuit also provides a description of their specific power, detailing how they can be used to rule the universe. Mini-posters will be available in comic shops along with the release of Infinity Countdown #1 on March 7th, but fans can download the Infinity Circuit right now, and get started mapping out the power! (Retailers can find a file on the Diamond retailer page.)

Nebula, Thanos, Drax and a Wolverine are currently in possession of some of the galaxy’s most powerful stones…but will they still be holding them in the end? As the race to collect the remaining stones gets underway, there is nothing our heroes will stop at to achieve unlimited rule over the universe! To keep readers on their toes, versions of this cosmic guide will appear in each issue of the series, updating fans on who holds the stones as the story progresses.

It all leads into the mega Infinity tale and battle that will change the balance of infinite power. Download Marvel’s Infinity Circuit today, or pick up a copy at your local comic shop and don’t miss out on all the action in Infinity Countdown #1, coming this March!

Review: Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock

INFINITY COUNTDOWN ADAM WARLOCK #1Adam Warlock is back! Reborn from the realm of the dead, Adam has come seeking the Soul Stone…and the truth about what it did to Him! His guide through this Infinity Quest is none other than…Kang the Conqueror?!? Be there as Adam begins down the dark trail sure to lead him into the heart of the mystery of the Infinity Stones…

Don’t know who Adam Warlock is? Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock catches up new readers as to who this classic character is and at the same time sets up the next major event. Writer Gerry Duggan does an excellent job in condensing the 51 year history of the character created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and significant contribution by Jim Starlin. There’s a lot to pack in and Duggan does an excellent job of catching readers up.

And that’s exactly what this issue is, a primer as to who Warlock is and what’s being set up. The issue touches upon the character’s history, the Infinity Stones, and what’s going on. And it feels epic and cosmic, with the cosmic seriously feeling like it’s been lacking in the Marvel Universe. Basically, someone is collecting the Stones and Kang has sent Warlock through time to save the universe.

What’s interesting to me though is this issue’s reflection on the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in what is revealed and what we know is coming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully the two will be a bit more divergent that what is revealed here.

But, what definitely stands out as original is Mike Allred‘s art. I love Allred’s style which takes so much from Kirby (in a good way). The pop style art is suited so well to cosmic stories in space with grand imagery and trippy visuals. Allred clearly has fun with impressive double page spreads taking us through history in a journey that’s fun to look at. That’s helped by colorist Laura Allred who delivers a color palette that feels like it’s missing black light. The colors are bright and full of energy that matches Mike’s style. Cory Petit‘s lettering helps too, emphasizing the emotional moments throughout. It adds to the pop sensibility of the visuals within.

While the story for the issue doesn’t excite, it does an excellent job of setting things up and taking us through Warlock’s history. The art though is what stands out and is utterly amazing. There’s something so unique about it all and out of everything this is the draw, no pun intended. A visual treat that is a solid way to catch up and see where things are going.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Mike Allred
Color: Laura Allred Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-MEN RED #1Wednesdays 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.

Jon

Top Pick: Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery and Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – These are some of the best things I’ve read in a long time in any form. A great examination of race in America wrapped up in a nail biting thriller and more relevant than ever.

 

Brett

Top Pick: X-Men: Red #1 (Marvel) – A new X-Men team with a returned Jean Grey as the leader? I’m intrigued where this one will go and if this is the tipping point of “X” bloat, which we’re already near. But, a big character returning to a world that’s vastly different has me very intrigued.

Avengers #679 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a lot of fun so far. A rare event that’s holding up in quality.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4 (DC Comics) – A great mix of action and socio-political commentary. Exactly how it’s supposed to be done.

Carthago (Humanoids) – I’m a Jaws fan, so a comic that sounds like it’s another terror from below with sharks story, I’m in.

Coyotes #4 (Image Comics) – Fantastic horror with so many layers. You’ll be debating what it all means and the symbolism. Don’t think there’s much out there today like this series.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best comics of 2018 so far. This will easily wind up on “best of” lists.

Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 (Marvel) – A big event is kicking off, big enough that it shook up plans for ongoing series. With a movie coming up touching upon some of the same characters and concepts, this should be interesting.

Mech Cadet Yu #6 (BOOM! Studios) – One of my favorite series. Just so much fun to read. In short, kids and giant robots kick alien ass.

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