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Preview: Johnny Red: Flying Gun Vol. 4

JOHNNY RED: FLYING GUN VOL. 4

Writer/Artist: Tom Tully
BW – 160pp – $24.99 – ISBN: 978-1848564442
On sale in comic stores: Aug 10
On sale in book stores: Sept 6

From the pages of classic war comic Battle comes the finest air-combat strip ever created in Britain! Johnny Redburn has just led Falcon Squadron on a successful mission over Stalingrad. But Major Rastovitch has a new mission for Johnny: to fly an important Russian official to a top-secret conference in England in the incredible “Flying Gun”. The stakes are high and danger never far away…

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Preview: Johnny Red #8

JOHNNY RED #8

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Keith Burns
Cover A: Keith Burns
Cover B: Ian Kennedy
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Rob Steen
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 10

Johnny and the surviving members of his beloved Falcon Squadron face execution – not at the hands of the hated Nazis, but by their own side, as the Soviet secret police prepare to eliminate all knowledge of the ghastly secret hatched by Stalin and Hitler!

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Preview: Johnny Red Vol. 4: Flying Gun

JOHNNY RED VOL. 4: FLYING GUN

WRITER/ARTIST: Tom Tully
PC – 160pp – $24.99 – On sale in stores: Jul 13

From the pages of classic war comic Battle comes the finest air-combat strip ever created in Britain!

Johnny Redburn has just led Falcon Squadron on a successful mission over Stalingrad. But Major Rastovitch has a new mission for Johnny: to fly an important Russian official to a top-secret conference in England in the incredible “Flying Gun”. The stakes are high and danger never far away …

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #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.

Paul

Top Pick: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Wait, what??? A DC title on my list?  AND the top pick??  Yup…I am really looking forward to this Rebirth thing that’s coming up.  I didn’t get into New 52 (though I did read a few titles) but this looks like a good opportunity to dive into DC again.  I’m sure this will be something that is talked about for a long time, and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

Extraordinary X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The Apocalypse Wars are in full swing, and the X-Men are making their away across the different lands of Omega World trying to get back to their time and save their teacher in the process.  I’ve enjoyed reading this latest story arc; it’s been action filled and fun to see the younger X-Men spending their time in this world and growing into X-Men.

Mockingbird #3 (Marvel) – this has been an interesting read; Bobbi having numerous side effects from her exposure to the Super Soldier formula and the Infinity formula has lead to some weird things happening to her.  And not to mention keeping up with SHIELD and her spy duties.  All in a days work for her, and I am looking forward to see where this leads.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (DC Comics) – Ok so now you’re thinking I’ve just totally lost it.  ANOTHER DC title on my pick list…and it’s Scooby Doo?!  This looks interesting to me; sounds like a great twist on a childhood classic and the redesign of the characters does look pretty cool (though I’m still on the fence about hipster Shaggy).  But this looks like a fun ride.

 

Madison

Monstress #6 (Image Comics) – Monstress is easily and very quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Marjorie Liu has written an amazing fantasy story with great underlying themes, and Sana Takeda’s gorgeous illustration makes the characters and world feel real.

We(l)come Back #8 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m so sad that this is the final issue of the series! Sebela has taken an awesome concept (time traveling assassins) and fleshed it out into an amazing story with characters you love and root for.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – A sequel to one of the best miniseries I’ve read in a long time always interests me. When the first issue actually lives up to expectations? I’m in.

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I loved the graphic novel version of this, and having seen a sampling of the special features included in this 48 page comic when I had a chat with Troy Little, I’m super excited to get a chance to read the finished article.

Johnny Red #7 (Titan Comics) – I just love this series. The artwork, the story, the setting…  everything about this comic just works for me.

Judge Dredd #6 (IDW Publishing) – Didn’t the last issue just come out? I could probably find out, but I don’t care enough to find out. I’m just happy to read the next issue.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #5 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Such a fantastic series that’s a bit horror, a bit action, a bit superhero and all staring a teenage girl into anime. This is a mature title that is grossly overlooked and one that is flying under the radar. Every issue has knocked it out of the park and I expect no less from this.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is back as his younger self and donning the mantle of Captain America once again. It’ll be interesting to see how this comic makes itself stand out from the Sam Wilson led one, and also how Steve acts now he’s back to the way he used to be.

East of West #26 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue and that’s a shame because this apocalyptic Western is an amazing read with every issue.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I read the full graphic novel, and now broken out in single issues, I’ll read it again. It perfectly captures the frenetic nature of the novel and movie that came out of it.

Nighthawk #1 (Marvel) – The Squadron Supreme character gets his own comic series. The fact David Walker is writing is is what has me really interested and how he makes the character stand on his own as opposed to a certain other big city vigilante from another publisher.

Preview: Johnny Red #7

JOHNNY RED #7

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Keith Burns
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover A: Mike Perkins
Cover B: Keith Burns
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: May 25

As Johnny and the Falcons attempt to clear their tracks and make good their escape, a rogue German fighter wing threatens to shred their plans to ribbons! And as the flak gets heavy, Johnny discovers a secret that could shake the Russian state to its core!

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/9/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

JOHNNY_RED 6 coverGrizzly Shark #1 (Image) This is without doubt the most entertaining comic I’ve read all week. There’s a lot of blood, which is to be expected when a shark roams the woods. How does it roam the woods? I don’t know, and I don’t honestly care, but let’s just say it flies. Yeah. A flying grizzly shark. Amazing. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Johnny Red #6 (Titan) continues to be one of my most anticipated titles every month, and amazingly it has met my expectations each time. While you may not be able to find single issues that easily if your shop didn’t order enough in, keep an eye out for the trade (or single issues digitally, but the artwork suffered digitally on my laptop when it came to the double page spreads in every issue but this one), because this has been a fantastically entertaining series. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Detective Comics #51 (DC)* As a Jim Gordon comic this is fantastic; getting a glimpse into who he was before Gotham City is fantastic. I would have been happy without the inclusion of the batsuit, honestly, but then would this still be a Batman comic? Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Darkness: Hope (Image Comics) An interesting story that probably would mean a lot more to me if I had a bit more context for the Darkness’ world. But as somebody who has really never read much, if any, Darkness comics this was qutite accessible and enjoyable. I can only assume it’d be more so if you’re more familiar with the characters.  Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 

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Black Widow #2 (Marvel) – Continues the action packed narrative from the first issue. The team of Waid and Samnee are nailing the action/spy vibe of the character. Just lots of fun and everything I hoped it’d be. Overall Rating: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Empress #1 (Marvel/Icon) – An ok beginning for Mark Millar’s new series with Stuart Immonen on art. The first issue continues the more subdued Millar we’ve seen lately. Not a bad start, but something didn’t quite hook me. I’ll definitely check out the second issue to see where it goes. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Walking Dead #153 (Image Comics/Skybound) – This one is all about Negan. I know we’re not supposed to like the character, but there’s something about him that isn’t making that happen. While his methods are bad, lets face it, he’s often right. Overall Rating: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

The Fix #1 (Image Comics) – The first issue nails it. So much fun and entertaining. One of my favorites of the week, and one of my favorites in some time. Overall Rating: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

grizzly shark 1Grizzly Shark #1 (Image Comics) – It’s a shark that lives in the forest. The idea sounds like a SyFy movie, and it’s so absurd it’s amazing. So over the top. So over the top funny. Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Read

Think Tank: Creative Destruction #1 (Top Cow Productions) – I loved the first volume of this series. This second volume is a decent start but missing some of its intelligent subversive fun of the first volume. This may read better as a trade, but it’s still a smart start that’ll get you to think. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

The Bunker #16 (Oni Press) – As usual, this series surprises with every twist and turn. It’s a long drawn out read that’s beyond smart and an impressive in what it’s pulling off. Overall Rating: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

Gold Key Alliance #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Bringing together all the classic Gold Key characters into one universe and the same time. I’m not 100% sure what’s going on, but I want to find out more. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Johnny Red #6 (Titan Comics) – One hell of a comic that continues the action and gives us a bigger picture as to what’s going on. Garth Ennis is nailing this WWII comic. It hasn’t been a let down yet. Overall Rating: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Mighty Zodiac #1 (Oni Press) – A fantasy comic that’s cute in its execution. It’s a blending of various genres with animals taking the roles of kung-fu masters. It’s a cute start and could be good for younger readers. Overall Rating: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

 

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The Fix #1 (Image) — Who can say no a reunion of the Steve Lieber/Nick Spencer team that brought us “Superior Foes Of Spider-Man” — the coolest Marvel comic since a guy named Kirby was making them? Not me. And while it may not be considered much of a stretch of their creative talents to see this tandem handling a series about half-assed criminal fuck-ups again, well — does anyone do it better? Nope, they don’t. And now their characters get to use all the curse words and double-entendres they want. The good times are back, folks — get in on this one now. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

The Wicked + The Divine #18 (Image) — Okay, I really thought that Laura was dead, too. And I’m happy to see her back. And I’m happy to see this new arc will be a bit heavier on the action and thrust the plot forward a bit more aggressively. And, of course, Jamie McKelvie’s return is gloriously welcome. But Kieron Gillen is veering dangerously close to allowing his (let’s be brutally honest) ultra-self-conscious, “too cool for school” writing style to overwhelm his own story. Which would be a shame since it’s terrific (the story, that is). Or, as Gillen would say, “Overwhelmed. Me. It happens. Bowie’s last album. Ish eight of Enigma. They do it to me. Wash over. Devastate and cleanse in one go. I want to do that here. Can I do that here? Some say it’s so close. Here. In our pages. So gratifying, that. To others, it’s already happened” — yadda ,etc., you get the idea. The story and concepts on offer here are as fresh and relevant as ever, and very nearly as awesome as the author himself thinks they are. But the shtick is starting to wear thin. Keep your eyes on the ball, please, Mr. Gillen — you’re this close to a masterpiece, don’t fuck it up by spending too much time telling us that you know are, too. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

The Sheriff Of Babylon #5 (DC/Vertigo)* — Way more awesome than any issue about two characters sitting around getting drunk for 20 pages should be. My best guess is that this story expanding from eight parts to 12 is what made this “let’s take a deep breath here” installment possible in the first place, and thank goodness for that. Tom King’s script still silently justifies neo-colonialism (and neo-conservatism) more than I’m comfortable with personally, but the guy can write dialogue like nobody’s business, and Mitch Gerads keeps providence08-regthings visually interesting despite the fact that, at least on paper (shit pun, sorry) , there’s not much happening. My favorite issue of the series so far, although the “action-hungry” crowd may find it not to their liking. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Providence #8 (Avatar) — I’ll be posting a full review up on my own site and a couple of other places in the coming days, but as a place-holder until then, let me just say that the full scope of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ epic is coming into something like a muddled an intriguing view, and it looks to me as though it’s been an occult ritual all along. Not just any occult ritual, either, but arguably Moore’s most ambitious one yet : obliterating or otherwise making irrelevant the line between “fantasy” and “reality,” “dreams” and “waking,” the “conscious” and “unconscious” mind — or, to be glib, to write a true story that he just happens to be making up. And I think he may just pull it off. Ten times more imaginative than any other series on the shelves, twenty times more well-executed, and fifty times more important. This fucking ratings scale we use needs to go beyond ten for issues like this,. where our protagonist, Robert Black, finally meets H.P. Lovecraft himself, but since it doesn’t, all I can say is Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 

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Xena #1 (Dynamte): In one of the rarest cases where the spinoff is as good as the original, Xena: Warrior Princess, was an epic show, all its own,reinvigorating interest in medieval mythology, it often surpassed the quality of shows on major networks. Since the show’s series finale, the interest has just only grown and for good reason, and as Dynamite Entertainment has been in the nostalgia business as of late, they have brought back Xena in all her sword wielding glory.Within the first issue, we catch up with Xena and Gabrielle 25 years later after an enchanted sleep to find Xena ‘s daughter. By issue ‘s end, Xena and Gabrielle, definitely has bargained more than they have ask for, as they meet an old friend turned adversary. Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black_Panther_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #4 (Marvel) – I’m more excited by this comic than any other this week because I’ve been diving through my long boxes looking for another comic to reread for Graphic Policy’s “From The Vault” feature. I’m pretty sure I know which one it’ll be, and with it being an older Wolverine comic it got me stupidly excited for the current ongoing series featuring the old clawed Canadian.

Detective Comics #51 (DC Comics) – We all saw Bruce Wayne come back in Batman #50, but after such a brilliant Jim Gordon Batman tale the last three issues, it’d be a shame to move on from Gordon as he finds his feet. I’m chuffed that we get at least one more Gordon as Batman story before Rebirth hits the DC Universe.

Johnny Red #6 (Titan Comics) – Just look at that cover. It’s wonderful. And with the last issue ending with Johnny stumbling across a certain Nazi leader, Wednesday can’t come soon enough…

Ninjak #14 (Valiant) – One of Valiant’s best series (to be honest I could actually say that about most of Valiant’s comics) stumbled a little last issue, but with a new arc kicking off in #14 I’m hoping the series takes off running again.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #5 (Vertigo Comics) – Tom King’s police procedural set in postwar Bagdhad’s Green Zone is captivating.

Black Panther #1 (Marvel) – It’s written by a bonafide Genius. Enuf said!

Black Widow #2 (Marvel) – After reading the first issue, all I can say is WOW. It’s been a long time since I seen anything like that come out of Marvel. Pure superhero action. Let’s see if it carry overs into the next few issues.

Old Man Logan #4 (Marvel) – I know two old men going at it is far from sexy, but they are kicking ass and taking names! Old Man Logan versus Aged Steve Rogers.

Unfollow #6  (Vertigo Comics) – Rob Williams dark satire on social media is a must read.  The Deacon character get’s special treatment in this issue and bonus: R.M. Guera returns to Vertigo as the guest-artist in this issue.

 

Brett

The Fix #1 (Image Comics) – I’ve read the first issue and it blew me away with the pacing, the humor, everything about it. From Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber this comic is as fantastic as all of their other collaborations. To tell you more about it would ruin it, but if you’re a fan of Superior Foes of Spider-Man, you’ll love this comic.

Black Panther #1 (Marvel) – One of my most anticipated comics for the first half of this year. The combo of Ta-Nehisi Coates as the writer and Brian Stelfreeze as the artist has me excited to see what they can do with this classic character.

Black Widow #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was damn near perfect. It launched with an exciting action sequence that was little on words and lots on excitement. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee absolutely got my attention with their take on the character, no lets see what they can do with her.

Interceptor #4 (Heavy Metal) – A cool sci-fi series involving vampires and roaming motorcycle gangs. It’s just a fun read.

Rough Riders #1 (Aftershock Comics) – This new series from Aftershock mixes Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley into a kick ass team. I’m beyond intrigued.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Harley Quinn April Fools Day Special #1 (DC Comics) – This looks absolutely fun and great! Harley starting a support group for Super villains. Such possibilities for super powered hijinx! Count me in, I have problems too! Plus art by Jim Lee!!

Earth One: Wonder Woman (DC Comics) – The mad Scotsman Grant Morrison taking on Diana and her origin. Sexuality and the Purple Ray. Safe to say this will have estrogen power abound! I’m very excited for this one and to see the Steve Trevor and Amazon updates. Hopefully still an Invisible Plane around. Gotta get this one!

Preview: Johnny Red #6

Johnny Red #6

Writers: Garth Ennis
Artist: Keith Burns
Colorist: Jason Wordie
​Publisher: Titan Comics​
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 6

Against orders, Johnny has set out to discover the whereabouts of his beloved Falcon Squadron – sent off on a top secret mission but now vanished. What he discovers is utterly shocking and could change the course of the Second World War!!!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black_Widow_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #3 (Marvel) – I love this series. It’s one of the very very few bi-monthly comics I buy (read the only one), and even waiting two weeks between issues (and longer from #2 to #3) is killing me. This series reminds me why I love Wolverine – sorry, Old Man Logan.

Johnny Red #5 (Titan Comics) – There’s something about Johnny Red that I can’t get enough of. This is, easily, the best comic not featuring spandex on the racks right now; a WW2 era story featuring a British fighter pilot flying for the Russians that has some stunning airborne dogfights. Just wonderful.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – Chris Samnee and Mark Waid is a creative team that always gets me to take notice. The fact they’re now taking on Black Widow after breathing life in to other characters has me really intrigued and looking forward to reading this.

Dreaming Eagles #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Garth Ennis has mastered the military historical comic and has two out this week. Alex picked one, this is the other one. Get them both. The difference? Ennis mixes in race relations in to this one. Solid read.

Old Man Logan #3 (Marvel) – The best comic Marvel is producing right now. A great translation of the western revenge story in comic form.

Sheriff of Babylon #4 (Vertigo) – So who is the “sheriff”? This comic adds a hell of a layer to that aspect of the comic showing off the layered nuance and intelligence of it. An absolutely amazing comic that’s a must read for individuals interested in comics that reflect real world modern events.

Tomboy #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This series is blowing me away, an indie comic that too few people are reading. A young girl is a vigilante taking on the men that killed her best friend and crooked cops. Brutally violent and a gripping read.

Preview: Johnny Red #5

JOHNNY RED #5

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Keith Burns
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover A: Keith Burns
Cover B: Adam Tooby
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 2

In search of his missing squadron, Johnny cruises the snowy wastes around Stalingrad in his trusty Hurricane. However, his fighter is in the sights of an old adversary and he is about to find himself in a blistering dogfight – with a truly shocking outcome!

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