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Preview: John Wick #4

John Wick #4

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Matt Gaudio
covers: Giovanni Valletta (A), Ben Garriga (B), Photo Variant (C)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the penultimate chapter of the tale of John Wick’s first vendetta, the final war begins! But can an injured John Wick prevail without giving up his marker against the full fury of Calamity unleashed?

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 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.

20th Century Boys Vol. 1 Perfect Edition (VIZ Media) – The modern classic manga is now collected in this extra sized version. If you haven’t read this series, now’s your perfect chance to pick it up.

Black Badge #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Did you read the first issue? Short version, Boy Scouts are recruited to run black-op missions. The first issue was amazing. We’re expecting more of the same.

Burnouts #1 (Image Comics) – A new Image series always catches our attention. They’re well worthing checking out and usually good investments.

Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic character returns to comics with an updated take. We’re looking forward to seeing what the classic detective is like in the age of police brutality.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #1 (IDW Publishing) – A miniseries focused on Dawn Moreno.

Impossible Incorporated #1 (IDW Publishing) – This sounds like all ages fun as characters explore the universe and new dimensions.

Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1 (Marvel) – The event continues, now with spinoffs! This one mashes up Captain America and Doctor Strange and it’s really good!

John Wick #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Did you enjoy the movie? Nuff said.

Mister Miracle #11 (DC Comics) – There’s just one more issue to go in this epic comic series and every issue is a must read.

Olivia Twist #1 (Dark Horse) – A new take on the classic tale.

Return of Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – It’s going to be a big event so if you care, this one is a must get.

West Coast Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue had us laughing and we’re expecting more fun from the second. A great mix of action and humor that has us wanting more of it all.

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 Picks: Daredevil #601 (Marvel) – The Mayor Fisk arc has been wonderful, and with the twist from last issue I am waiting what this one will bring. This is turning into one of the best runs on Daredevil I have read in years, and Soule and Garney keep rolling!

Infinity Countdown #2 (Marvel) – The Adam Warlock issue and the first issue of this event that is leading to another event (but don’t call it an event!) was filled with great set up. I am more than excited that Logan is back, and the characters they chose to have the infinity stones is very interesting and should lead to some great fun.

The Avengers #689 (Marvel) – Every week this comic delivers classic Avengers action while jugging many team members and creators, and I can not recommend it enough.

Action Comics #1000 (DC) – A landmark moment for comics, superheroes, and the one to spawn generation after generation of heroes. This is the guy who made it cool to wear the underwear on the outside (wait that’s not cool?). One thousand issues is insane!

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 2 (Image Comics) –  I love this creepy detective occult series and this volume is just as wild as the first. Hickman is one of the best writers around today, so do not miss this!

 

Shay

Fight Club 2 TP (Dark Horse) – I am fangirling pretty hard for this soft cover version of my signed never taken off the shelf hard cover copy. Finally a copy that can come with me and an excuse to reread it.

Harley Quinn #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve been warming to the new team behind Harley and I am a sucker for seeing what the future holds my favorite villain.

John Wick #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – More of the John Wick origin story and it should keep me going until the 3rs installment comes out next year.

Kick-Ass #3 (Image Comics) – Patience Lee is taking names and kicking ass so obviously I am all the way here for it.

Runaways TP Vol. 10 (Marvel) – Teens being teens and trying to save the world the way teens would.

Calexit #1 (4th Printing) (Black Mask Studios) – Because it is the start of an amazing series!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Fence #5 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has been killing it with sports series that bring the popular manga genre to the west and this series is one of the best out there. Great characters, interaction, and stories.

Lucy Dreaming #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A fun start that seems to blend the magical girl genre with sci-fi.

Mister Miracle #8 (DC Comics) – One of the most intriguing comics out today. The second half of this series has me excited to see where it all goes and what the creative team has in store. A brilliant maxi-series and will absolutely be on many best of lists.

James Bond: The Body #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – An intriguing series that has explored Bond in a new way and really breaking down the character in various aspects. A must for any Bond fan.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #17/Transformers: Optimus Prime #18/Transformers: Lost Light #17 (IDW Publishing) – Any week with Transformers comics I’m happy, but three in one week makes me beyond excited. So much more than meets the eye.

Preview: John Wick #2

John Wick #2

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Giovanni Valleta
cover: Giovanni Valleta (A), Jock (B), Photo cover (C)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

John Wick’s origin story continues! In the underworld of El Paso, Texas, a familiar face introduces an ex-con named John Wick to the local branch of the mysterious Continental Hotel, a neutral zone where professional killers spend their down time. But can John adhere to the rules of the Continental? Or will his search for vengeance destroy his chances for a peaceful life? Also… does John Wick actually have…a cat?

Review: John Wick #1

When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga?

John Wick #1 is the origin story of the title character played by Keanu Reeves in two films. Written by Greg Pak the story hits the right notes and pacing we’ve come to expect from the films giving us a glimpse into the early life of the mysterious character. Though there’s no dog here, the first arc is still a revenge story as John seeks out to kill individuals who attempted to kill him when he was much younger.

There’s nothing that’s amazing about the story, but Pak delivers what you’d expect. He has the character down well with his minimal dialogue and preference for action. The pacing and build up of the story follows that of the films.

Where things are good and bad is the art by Giovanni Valletta. The movies are defined by their action sequences which flow like dances. Valletta does what he can on the printed page but something is lost in the medium. Part of the issue is that Valletta sticks with a panel layout with just changing up those panel amounts and sizes. There’s no breaking the wall or some of the more dynamic imagery which would help mimic the visuals of the film (which in no way could be repeated fully). The art looks like the characters and the action is decent but it doesn’t take it to the next level that’s needed.

The issue is a good one that makes me want to come back for the second. I love the two films and to see more of Wick in a different way where different aspects can be explored is appreciated. Pak has the voice of it down, there just needs to be some work when it comes to more striking visuals.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Giovanni Valletta
Story: 8.05 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – The Newest Batman Video Game Is One of the Best Explorations of the Joker in Years – Those that have played it, agree?

 

Reviews

CBR – Astro City #49

ICv2 – Best Wishes

The Beat – Dias de Consuelo

Comic Attack – Doomsday Clock #1

Newsarama – John Wick #1

ICv2 – Magritte: This Is Not a Biography

Talking Comics – Thanos #13

Preview: John Wick #1

John Wick #1

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Giovanni Valletta
covers: Giovanni Valletta (A), Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz (B), Photo Variant (C), John Cassaday (D-Sub)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

JOHN WICK: BOOK OF RULES PART ONE
When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? Here for the first time, read the thrilling origin story of John Wick, from “Planet Hulk” writer Greg Pak and “Dark Horse Presents” artist Giovanni Valletta.

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.

Batman: Creature of the Night #1 (DC Comics) – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for a spiritual companion to Superman: Secret Identity. Busiek writing Batman, yes please!

Catalyst Prime: Kino #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s impressive new world. Anything the release is worth checking out and has us excited!

Chasing Hitler #1 (Red 5 Comics) – From the mind of a high school senior, the niece of Jai Nitz. The creator and concept of Hitler surviving and being chased down has us intrigued.

Dark Ark #3 (AfterShock) – Have you read the first two issues? This mash-up of horror and Biblical concepts is a fascinating and fun read.

Darkhawk #51 (Marvel) – We’re always interested in seeing what Marvel is doing with these one-shots and revisiting some classic characters and stories.

Eternity #2 (Valiant) – Is another classic in the making too hogh a bar?

Giantkillers #0 (IDW Publishing/Ominous Press) – Bart Sears and Ron Marz are continuing to kick off their new world and we want to see what it’s all about.

Interceptor Vol. 2 Reactor #1 (Vault Comics) – Donny Cates is writing it and that’s all we need to know about this return into the world of vampire warfare.

John Wick #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If you’ve seen the two movies you know why we’re excited for this.

Mystik U #1 (DC Comics) – It’s Harry Potter meets Gotham Academy with DC’s mystical characters. We’re onboard to see where this goes.

Splatoon Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – The popular video game in manga form!

Star Trek Discovery #1 (IDW Publishing) – The show has been fantastic so we’re expect the same with these comics.

Star Wars Comics (Marvel and IDW Publishing) – There’s four different Star Wars comics from two publishers and we’re excited for them all.

Sword of Ages #1 (IDW Publishing) – Gabriel Rodriguez, the writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator does fantasy. Yes please!

Zegas GN (Fantagraphics) – Michel Fiffe of Copra awesomeness. That alone should get you interested in this.

John Wick Brings the Action to Comics in 2017

Dynamite Entertainment announced today that it has made a deal with Lionsgate to publish a comic book series inspired by the studio’s popular John Wick feature film.

John Wick introduces a retired hitman thrust back into the underworld following his wife’s death and subsequent theft of his 1969 Mustang, as well as the killing of a dog she left to help him cope with her passing. These tragic events lead to John Wick seeking retribution in the darkest depths of the Russian mafia in pursuit of Iosef, the leader of the gang of Wick’s assailants. As this pursuit leads him deeper into the Russian crime syndicate, a trail of dead bodies — including some of his closest friends and allies — begins to follow behind.

John Wick grossed $86 million dollars at the worldwide box office when it was released in 2014. The highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter Two will be in theaters February 10, 2017.

Dynamite Entertainment will introduce all-new comics starring John Wick in 2017, with details on release date and creative team to be announced in the coming months.

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