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A new week is here and we’ve got some interesting things lined up as always. While you await things to really kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec – Free comics. Go read them.

ABC 6 On Your Side – Police issue robbery warrant for $4000 in stolen comics – Grrr.

ICv2 – An Eighth Year of Growth in Hobby Game – This is not too surprising.

The Beat – The television adaptation of Scalped rounds out its cast – Can’t wait for this series.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Charmed #1

The Outhousers – Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

Talking Comics – Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

Comic Attack – Motor Crush #4

Review: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

Just when you thought this battle couldn’t get any better, Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule  kick it up a notch. Vendettas, side missions, and unlikely alliances! Oh, my! The character count has increased to a seemingly maximum capacity, yet the story doesn’t go off the rails. There are a lot more players on the board but, the story doesn’t seem busy or overrun with chaos.

Leinil Francis Yu provides the art work and steps in along with Gerry Alanguilan to help on inks and David Curiel on colors. This issue is pretty and bright despite the bleakness of the situation at hand. There’s a sense of fun infused within the darkness that makes this an interesting read. The panels are filled with detail and a richness that adds and extra element to the story.

This issue lays out everyone’s ultimate motives and solidifies alliances. There’s a sense of tension in the air and a lot on intrigue. Emma is on the war path and her rage might just take down a truce. There’s also a lot of fighting in the midst of the talking and some rage filled (and rash) moments adding to the drama. The old guard on both sides, with a few exceptions, are at odds with the young ones who seem more into talking things out than going all out nuclear. Despite all of the drama inside this issues pages, there remains a sense of hope towards the end as the writers close out this arc. While there’s still some vengeance in the hearts of some members of each team, this issue ends on peace and sets up what’s to come in the future.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule Art: Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan
Story: 9.4  Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Inhumans vs. X-Men #5

Inhumans vs. X-Men  #5‘s overarching themes appear to be perception, reality, and externalities above all else. In this issue, the Inhumans begin to rebound and regroup as the war between to two species nears its climax. What struck me the most about this issue were the moral and perceptual questions that the narrative seemed to pose. IvX began with a seemingly straightforward conflict which positioned the Inhumans and Mutants in a diametrically opposed struggle for survival. The veneer of this directness fades away and it is appropriate that this coincides with the resurgence of Karnak who can see the inherent flaw in all things and comments on this very issue near the end. It really impressed me how after escaping the world Karnak doesn’t rush headlong into the conflict rather he reflects on his time away and requests information to guide his action.

There is an emotional encounter between Havok and Medusa, who both muse over who’s really to blame for the current crisis. Interestingly Havok dismisses the Terrigen and places some blame squarely with Emma’s relationship with Scott. I thought this was an interesting conclusion to make at first glance until I remembered that Havok knows the truth regarding Scott’s apparent martyrdom. That said, Black Bolt still carried out his actions in good faith, and the reality remains that Terrigen and by extension the Inhumans are responsible for Scott’s death, as well as countless other mutants. This takes me back to the problem of externalities that I’ve mentioned in some previous reviews.  We know full well that the Inhuman are not monolithic and recent stories have shown us the existence of multiple tribes. So the question remains are all the Inhumans responsible for the devastating effects of the global Terrigen cloud? How do we ethically parse, the benefactors of a given action, and culpability for its adverse effects? There’s no real easy answer to this and IvX #5 punctuates this fact quite nicely.

I also wrote in another review how the younger group of X-Men seemed more open other perspectives, generally less guarded and dogmatic about the truth of matters. In this issue the Nuhumans (the newly transferred Inhumans) appear to be of the same manner seemingly helping the X-Men with their quest to stop the Terrigen. I could be wrong here, I am not sure if they have uncovered a solution that will benefit both species or if they agree that the Terrigen should be dealt with. It’s nice to see but with that said there is still a lot of strangeness with the conflict revealed as Karnak senses. Particularly towards the end as a magneto makes a play that is quite eyebrow-raising play. At this point I suspect Maximus the mad has some overlooked influence. But until the conclusion, we will have to wait and see.

For now, I am very happy that the story is offering or at least speculating at alternative hypothesis. It brings a level of refreshing honesty to the conflict and a caveat for approaching most conflicts in general, it is really nice to have that here.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule Art: Javier Garron
Story 8.0 Art 7.0 Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

The war between the Inhumans and the X-Men takes a dark turn leaving Inhumans hopelessly outmatched. Emma Frost, the White Queen, faces off against Medusa, queen of the Inhumans, as both fight for the future of their people. It all ends here.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 is the conclusion to what has been Marvel’s best event in quite some time. Written by Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire, Inhumans vs. X-Men has generally paid off focusing more on details than giving us giant battles. This issue though is mostly giant battles as revelations come out that Emma has been manipulating events and Medusa comes to find out why the X-Men attacked.

This final issue has its issues. Things are focused on the battle and events come quickly in a pace that doesn’t let events play out naturally. Instead, it’s quick cuts and it doesn’t quite feel like a natural flow. This is the case of a comic that could have used another half an issue to help give more time to focus on some of what’s presented. That ideally would also allow for more decompression at the end, but as presented we’re given some epilogues in a way that sets things up for the future of the X-Men and Inhumans franchises. We get two villains coming out of this that I actually look forward to seeing the X-Men and Inhumans face.

The issue does address the biggest flaw of the event. Why didn’t the X-Men just approach the Inhumans to start? When you think of things, it’s a bit silly when you think about it, and the case for the attack is never quite made. There is some debate and the desperation is laid out making a case for the X-Men’s actions. A debate and discussion for another time.

Leinil Francis Yu steps in on art and instantly things up a level. The battles are tense with solid perspective and sequences. Some of the art of previous issues has been hit and miss, but this is the art I was expecting for an event of this level. There’s some classic scenes and spreads that had me lingering on the page. Yu delivers the visuals befitting this epic wrap up.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 flips the status-quo for the Inhumans and X-Men in many ways setting each on a new course but one that’s familiar in some ways. Hurdles the X-Men have faced looks to be one for the Inhumans now, while the X-Men must again plot their course in the world. And for that, the event succeeds and succeeds immensely. It addresses some of the more bizarre theories out there about how the X-Men and Inhumans are viewed in the Marvel world and when it’s all over shakes things up again.

Story: Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Buy

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!

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: Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins are delivering a series that looks like it would come from Image or Dark Horse, but instead it comes from BOOM! The publisher has had multiple great series, but this looks like the start of something new from them, and boy did they get a hell of a creative team behind this book. Kindt is one of my favorite creators, and with Jenkins on art, this series looks fantastic.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine writing a Marvel comic about that other Swamp Thing dude?! Hell yeah! It’s about time Ted aka Man-Thing got his due with a good updated comic, and Stine may just be the perfect voice for that. Let’s hope he writes more Marvel stories!

Low #16 (Image) – Remender’s had some amazing series lately, and this is another one. I cannot wait to see what the heck is going to happen since this book left on a pretty crazy cliffhanger. Time to see if what I think happened actually happened. Knowing Remender, it did.

Action Comics #975 (DC Comics) – That last Superman issue was wild. What a way to kick start the “Superman Reborn” arc. I won’t give much away, but Fake Clark Kent is something else. I mean that kind of literally. This dude doesn’t seem to be human, and just made more questions than answers.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – Lemire is leaving the series after #24, and that makes me sad. Brisson has massive shoes to fill, and I can’t wait to see how Lemire ends this with the “Past Lives” arc, but we are not quite there yet. I am always excited for Logan, especially anything from Lemire on this run. It’s so good!



Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 3: Secrets & Sequences (First Second) – Gene Luen Yang and Mike Homes returns with the third volume of his kids focused graphic novel series. What’s wonderful about the series is that it not only entertains but also teaches how to code. Even as an adult I find myself learning more and more with each volume. Yang has a knack for teaching complicated (and at times boring) material in an engaging and fun way.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas (First Second) – This graphic novel is a biography of Mama Cass and the 1960s New York Folk scene. A fantastic graphic novel from Pénélope Bagieu taking a look at a music icon.

Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. Those two creators alone have gotten me to take notice. The concept of ” three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land” just makes it all the more awesome.

I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics) – Retrofit/Big Planet puts out fantastic indie comic series and this one by MariNaomi is a great read that focuses on friendship through the years. This should be your small press buy this week.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine brings his brand of horror to this classic character and Marvel. This has been a comic I’ve been fascinated by and can’t wait for. I have no doubt it’ll be fantastic.



Top Pick: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 (Marvel) – This is the end!  The X-Men and Inhumans face off to end the war between them and when the dust settles, both sides will be left affected whether good or bad.  This has been an action packed event and I can’t wait to see the outcome!

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – We now know how and why Jessica’s life has been turned upside down, and we know the big bad and their motives.  Now we have to see how Jessica will get through it all.  I’ve really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to see how this all comes around and if Jessica can get back to some level of normalcy…at least as normal as a super heroes life can be.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – This title has consistently delivered and I’m looking forward to this new story.  The solicit tells of Logan righting a wrong and getting some help from an unlikely ally – given what we’ve seen from this book, that could be anyone!



Pick of the Week: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys #1 – (Dynamite Entertainment) – It’s like the books we used to read when we were little, all grown up. Nancy Drew plays the femme fatale detective on a mission to prove that the Hardin boys, Frank and Joe, didn’t Menendez their dad.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1.MU (Marvel) – Groot has been kidnapped and the team reunites to get our fave monosyllabic nature man back from the bad guys.

Motor Crush #4 (Image) -An injured Domino might not be able to race and the origin of Crush is revealed.

Suicide Squad #13 (DC Comics) – Deadshot is getting out of the squad and the death of one of someone on the team is his way out.

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – The new, improved bad guy is revealed and Jessica has got a lot of explaining to do.



Top Pick: Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – So…. I thought this was out last week… and it wasn’t. Anyway, having seen Logan twice now, I’m super excited to get my hands on this issue for the simple fact that Lemire has been writing so really good stories featuring one of my favourite characters.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – I know nothing about this other than it’s a five issue miniseries on a character that’s always interested me.

Redline #1 (Oni Press) – Based on the preview text, this looks like it’ll right up my alley – which is strange since I normally don’t like much sci-fi.

Preview: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

Inhumans vs. X-Men #6

(W) Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $4.99

The war between the Inhumans and the X-Men takes a dark turn leaving Inhumans hopelessly outmatched. Emma Frost, the White Queen, faces off against Medusa, queen of the Inhumans, as both fight for the future of their people. It all ends here. Don’t miss the epic oversized conclusion of INHUMANS VS X-MEN!


Review: Inhumans vs X-Men #5

inhumans_vs__x_men__5Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 comes with a little bit of fire. There’s a lot of action packed into the less than 28 pages but, there’s also a damn good continuation of the story. Readers are treated to an unlikely alliance, a couple of rescue missions and, a vengeance gone rational.

Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire are building one hell of an arc by sharing a story that does what the X-Men tales do best. We get to see compassion and real life prejudices and social situations play out on the pages of a comic book. The story isn’t as hard line and action movie based as the earlier issues but, it is a solid read. This issue is kind of a turning point in the story where each side begins to better understand the other sides motives. The younger versions of both teams have figured out where the other side is coming from and seem ready to set out on some kind of wacky kids teach their parents to get along style set up. The way Soule and Lemire set this part of the story arc up means that as cliched as that ideas sounds.

Javier Garron provides the clean and modern art work that makes each panel feel like a storyboard for an awesome cartoon. The lines are crisp, the facial expressions are realistic and, the action looks hard. There’s a lot of beauty in the pages and the art becomes a nice part of the story itself.

Without giving away too much I can say that overall this was a solid read. There’s passion, emotion and, a good story combined with something pretty for the readers to look at. The story never feels forced and follows a natural progression to the arc with a twist that comes out of nowhere but, still seems plausible. There are no cheap gimmicks to draw the readers in making this issue a decent read that feels like a nice throw back to classic comic style.

Story: Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire Art: Javier Garron
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: Inhumans vs. X-Men #5

Inhumans vs. X-Men #5

(W) Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire (A) Javi Garron (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

It’s Karnak vs. Fantomex in the world, as Medusa and her team attempt to liberate their secret weapon – Black Bolt. Storms are brewing as the X-Men make their move on the remaining Terrigen Cloud – will they be able to destroy it before it ends their entire species?


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

rough-riders-on-the-storm-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!

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: Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 (Valiant) – The series, and all the tie-ins, have been excellent so far, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where Matt Kindt takes us from here on out.

Harbinger: Renegade #4 (Valiant) – It’s funny, but after getting into the Harbinger series more and more over the past few months reading the back issues whilst simultaneously following this series, I’ve found that my love and appreciation has grown exponentially – so much so that I’m salivating over getting this in my hands.



Top Pick: Hulk #3 (Marvel) – I didn’t know what to expect from this new (She) Hulk title, and only checked out the first issue to see what was up with Jen after the events of Civil War II.  And  I am so glad I did.  Only on its 3rd issue and I am loving the direction of this book.  It’s tackling Jen and some serious problems she facing after her injuries and doing so in such a great way, both in the writing and the art.  If you aren’t reading this book yet, jump in now while it’s still early, you will not be disappointed.

Extraordinary X-Men #19 (Marvel) – The tie-in issues to Inhumans vs. X-Men have been great, really tying in smaller stories to the larger conflict.  A few issues have been slower, doing some character building rather then focusing on action, but even that has added to the situation as a whole.  Really looking forward to this one.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 (Marvel) – The battle is raging on as we reach the second to last issue of this event that has delivered in every issue.  Buckle up kiddies, because I’m sure this is going to end with a bang!

Uncanny Avengers #20 (Marvel) – This title has been hit or miss with me, but with the latest issues finally bringing the team up against the Red Skull, things have gotten interesting.  The last issue saw the team trapped in their own minds by the Red Skull and his stolen telepathic powers, and this issue is promising to show us more of their torture.  I’m looking forward to see how they get out of this one, and if they will liberate Xavier’s mind from the Red Skull.



Top Pick: Suicide Squad #12 (DC Comics) – Suicide Squad goes up against some of the DC Universes deadliest inmates.

Justice League of America #1 (DC Comics) – Two words, Lord Havoc! There are extremists on the loose and the newly formed Justice League is coming to save us all!

Elektra #1 (Marvel) – Ninja Assassin tries to find her escape in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas gets buried in Vegas.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 (Marvel) – Medusa sets out to release Black Bolt as the X-Men tries to rid the world of the rest of the deadly cloud.

SLAM! #4 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s a roller derby world and these are roller derby girls. As a derby girl myself, I can attest to its realness.



Top Pick: Rough Riders on the Storm #1 (Aftershock Comics) – It’s been three years since the first volume and the death of President McKinley has Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt convinced there’s a bigger conspiracy and he must get the band back together.

Heathen #1 (Vault Comics) – Originally released digitally, this Viking series by Natasha Alterici is awesome.

Highlander: American Dream #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s Highlander, do you need any more reason to look forward to this? There can be only one!

Old Guard #1 (Image Comics) – Greg Rucka’s new series with art by Leandro Fernandez about old soldiers who never die. If the name Rucka is on it, it’s a must get.

The Time Museum (First Second) – A new graphic novel series focused on an internship at the Time Museum that leads to time traveling adventures. This is a great addition to the world of graphic novels aimed at a younger audience with lots of fun action and solid art.

Preview: Inhumans vs. X-Men #4

Inhumans vs. X-Men #4

(W) Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The young Inhumans devise a crazy plan to infiltrate Muir Island…The only thing standing in their way: the master of magnetism himself, MAGNETO. Meanwhile, Medusa and the other royals mount a desperate effort to escape from the mutants’ prison in Limbo… and an X-Man changes sides!!


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