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bondvol2-01-cov-a-cassadayThe weekend is almost here and Logan opens up! Who’s going to see it? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait to see the film, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Al-Monitor – Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon – Very interesting and great graphic journalism.

Comics Alliance – Ken Leung Joins Marvel’s ABC ‘Inhumans’ as Karnak – This is great casting.

Chron – Former DA investigator convicted of stealing evidence in comic book caper – Well ok then.

DC Comics – Breaking News: Ra’s al Ghul is Coming to Gotham – Not surprising. Are folks excited?


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ICv2 – Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen HC

The Beat – Extremity #1 and James Bond #1

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batman-16It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! We’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – A year of free comics: Andy Warner and Sophie Goldstein show us that it’s “500 Days to Mars” – Free comic, go read it!

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament Player Checks His Phone During Infinite Combo – Well played!

The Beat – Wizard and Stephen Shamus reach a settlement in lawsuit – but not before a laptop was destroyed – Interesting…


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Talking Comics – Batman #16

Talking Comics – Karnak #6

Atomic Junk Shop – Soviet Daughter

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captain-americ-steve-rogers-5-coverIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What are you planning on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Times of India – This German illustrator turned her Nazi past into a graphic novel – That sounds interesting…

CBLDF – Mike Diana Case Still Resonates in CBLDF History – A case you should know about.

CBR – Sony Alters Valiant Movie Plans; Harbinger to Release Before Bloodshot – Who’s looking forward to these movies?

ICv2 – The Culture Wars Are Over. Comics Won. – Agree? Disagree?


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Newsarama – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

Talking Comics – Confessions of a College Kingpin #1

Newsarama – Deadpool Annual #1

The Beat – Exits

Talking Comics – Karnak #5

Newsarama – Nova #11

Talking Comics – Raven #1

Comic Attack – Romulus #1

Talking Comics – Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

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britannia_001_cover-a_nordThe weekend is almost here! We’ll be spending it relaxing, at the National Book Festival, and getting ready for New York Comic Con which is in just a few short weeks.

While you await for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Advocate – Why Queer Characters in Comic Books Matter – A good read.

CBR – Top Cow’s Postal Getting a TV Adaptation at Hulu – A great series and this one will be really interesting.

CBR – DC Universe Online Announces Game-Changing Revamp – How many of you are still playing?


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Newsarama – Britannia #1

Newsarama – Cyborg #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #3

Nothing But Comics – Karnak #5

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dept H #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.


Top Pick: Dept. H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s work would be enjoyable even if they published the book with all the words spelled backwards. His visual storytelling inspires the mind and the inner artist. His new direction with this book is very exciting.

All-New Hawkeye #4 (Marvel) – Do you ever feel like people who read Hawkeye hit you over the head with how good it is? That they just don’t shut up about? Because if you’re not reading Hawkeye, somebody SHOULD be hitting you over the head until you are. Notify me and I’ll get someone on that. I’ve been very happy with this Lemire’s work following Faction’s run.

BEK: Black-Eyed Kids #1 (Aftershock) – I have really been enjoying Aftershock each month. Their new book will hopefully be as creepy and unnerving as the cover.

Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – There’s something about Clean Room, something about it’s grotesque imagery yet clean visuals that allows this horror story to really stand out. I enjoyed the first arc and I really feel like Gail Simone has built a strong foundation to build upon.

Tokyo Ghost #6 (Image) – If Sean Murphy keyed my car once a month, I would still look forward to seeing it. If Rick Remender was telling him what to do with the key, I would not only continue to pay $4 a month to see how it had turned out, I would gladly explain it all to Hyundai when my lease was up.



Top Pick: Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – I’ve only just finished the first Divinity, and it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to get started on this. Cannot bloody wait.

Bloodshot Reborn #12 (Valiant) – The current story arc, The Analog Man, features some of the best looking artwork out there. It’s also a cool story with a very Mad Max aesthetic.

Howard The Duck #6 (Marvel) – Always a treat to read this series; Zdarsky’s humour is right up my alley.

Huck #6 (Image) – The first of two Superman like characters on this list, Huck is one of the better Millar books of recent times (of course I haven’t read the Jupiter series yet). Even though this s the final issue, I have no idea how it’ll all wrap up, especially because it feels like it’s only just about begun.

Hyperion #2 (Marvel) – Is here for the same reason it was last month. Hyperion may hit someone with a transfer truck swung like a baseball bat.



Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #9 (Marvel) – I have been really enjoying this book from the get go, and I’ll admit when I heard time travel in the story, I rolled my eyes. HOWEVER, I am really looking forward to see the X-Men in the future, joined by their teacher, facing off against Apocalypse and his horsemen; I always enjoy seeing new mutants imagined as horsemen and how they fit the roles of war, famine, pestilence and death.  I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

Captain Marvel #4 (Marvel) – I’m a huge fan of Carol, and Abigail Brand is always a welcome addition to any title…but to be honest, my biggest draw to this book is Alpha Flight!  Well the three members we have; Aurora, Sasquatch and Puck have been out of the pages for far too long.  All the reboots and re-launches going on, why hasn’t anyone taken a look at Alpha Flight?  There is major potential there…just saying.

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Even with the American Kaiju and the New Avenger’s Power Rangers inspired mecha robot *yawn*, this title has definitely picked up steam with the tie in to Pleasant Hill.  These Avengers are fighting in the name of A.I.M., we should be rooting for them, right?  Lines are being drawn, not just with the team, but all the Avengers, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see this title stepping up.

Uncanny Inhumans #7 (Marvel) – I’m really liking the idea of Black Bolt’s ‘Quiet Room’, and really enjoyed that last issue showing the various Inhumans helping him keep the piece in his club.  And now there is an investigation under way…and the Capo., thought dead, is making a play to regain his power.  Never a dull moment for ol’ Black Bolt.



Top Pick: Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – I only read it with the lights on. This sure to be disturbing issue is an Astrid stand alone story.

East of West #25 (Image) – Year two comes to an end after three years. Wait that does’t sound right. Double-checked, it’s an accurate statement. Hickman and Dragotta get a pass because it is damn good apocalyptic storytelling.

Gutter Magic #4 (IDW Publishing) – The end to another good story. Only four issues of this epic sci-fi/fantasy alternative history epic. I got my fingers crosses for future arcs.

Karnak #3 (Marvel) – If you are going to make me wait for like five months, then it better be good. This new philosophically bent Karnak is a blast to read—that is when an issue finally makes it to market.



Top Pick: Superman: American Alien #6/Superman: Lois and Clark #7 (DC Comics) – The best two Superman comics DC has going right now. Both in their own ways are great explorations of the characters and both show off what makes him great.

Captain Canuck #8 (Chapter House Comics) – Every issue is fun and entertaining. Great superhero comics without the gritty grim.

Carver: Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Just awesome gritty noir.

Dept H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s new series? Done! Did you read his Mind MGMT from Dark Horse? It’s excellent. This first issue is excellent. An absolutely must buy.

Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – The first volume was absolutely amazing and this is a series I’ve been looking forward to since its announcement. I’m expecting nothing but excellence here.

Review: Karnak #2

karnak2After several months hiatus, Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino’s (with inking help from Antonio Fuso) meditation in minimalism returns with Karnak #2. Its plot is simple. Karnak, an Inhuman martial artist and philosopher, is tasked by S.H.I.E.L.D. to rescue an Inhuman boy from a dark, cult-like organization called the I.D.I.C., who sees him as an archetypical Chosen One. The comic is part martial arts extravaganza, part philosophical debate, and it definitely draws inspiration from the tightly edited, no room for fatty subplots action films of the 2010s, like The Raid, Dredd, Hawywire, and John Wick, with a dash of superheroes and pop philosophy. Plus he one punches a church building.

Most of Karnak #2 is silent sequences involving punching, martial arts moves, and Karnak using literal fragments from his environment to dispatch his opponents. Zaffino and Fuso’s inking style is rougher and scratchier than the previous issue as the cool fighting moves getting covered in speed line and pitch black colors from Dan Brown. The art style is reminiscent of some of Bill Sienkiewicz’s looser work, like Elektra Assassin , but with less of a painting influence even if some panels are hit and miss. But when Zaffino, Fuso, and Brown hit, the result can be pretty breathtaking like Karnak taking out a line of goons with splinters, or the revelation that the creepy, priestlike man keeping the Inhuman boy has his own special ability known as Zen Gunnery. He channels his faith into a weapon in a way similar to Morpheus in The Matrix, but instead of standard issue martial arts and marksmanship, he gets a cool Inhuman power with a burst of red. But he’s no match for Karnak, the philosopher/warrior, who dismantles his flimsy Messianic philosophy

Karnak is definitely the most unlikely protagonist to have a book in All-New, All-Different Marvel. He’s cold, karnak2015002-int2-04-170449humorless, and tells his opponents how he is going to defeat them, like Midnighter, but with none of his wit. (Ellis was actually the co-creator back in Stormwatch so it’s interesting to pit the characters’ abilities and temperaments against each other.) There is really no suspense when he takes out the Inhuman boys’ guards in the first half of the issue, but Ellis hooks readers for upcoming issues (Other than the promise of more skillful pugilism.) by giving Karnak himself a relatable character flaw: loneliness.

From the opening of the issue where he builds blocks and takes them down while his parents argue about exposing him to the Terrigen mists or not to its conclusion where he drinks water alone while people are kissing and dancing, Karnak is truly isolated. He has no personal connections, and his current mission, argument, or fight is his life. But perhaps he wants to be part of something bigger just like the Zen gunning priest, and it will be interesting to see if Ellis develops Karnak’s character or just uses him as a cipher for fight scenes or philosophical debates.

In its second issue, Karnak continues to develop its identity as a minimalist kung fu philosophy comic with a side of science fiction and an incredibly cranky protagonist. The comic sort of just trails off at the end, but Karnak’s interest in finding the Inhuman “savior” out of true faith or to prove people wrong sets up the rest of the series. Gerardo Zaffino and Antonio Fuso’s art is roughly inked (Almost too rough in some spots.) and hard hitting, but lacks the ballet-like choreography of Ellis’ previous action minimalist Marvel story, Moon Knight  #5 that he did with Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Gerardo Zaffino with Antonio Fuso Colors: Dan Brown
Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. We’ll have previews and some reviews up before and our picks in a few hours, but what’s everyone excited for? While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – Man allegedly kills ‘zombie’ friend, blames ‘The Walking Dead’ – Calls to ban the show in 3…2…1…

Engadget – SXSW cancels online harassment panel, because of harassment – Sigh.

South China Morning Post – UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn – Well ok then.


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CBR – Astro City #28

CBR – Clean Room #1

CBR – Cognetic #1

CBR – Karnak #1

The Outhousers – Two Brothers

Review: Karnak #1

Karnak #1 CoverTHE FLAW IN ALL THINGS “My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” You may not know who Karnak is now, but you will when Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino are done with you. Phil Coulson goes to Karnak to help with a SHIELD case with Inhuman implications and what he’s going to find will terrify you.

Out of the numerous announced comics as part of Marvel‘s All-New, All-Different relaunch, Karnak with Ellis writing was one I was more intrigued about. I enjoyed Ellis run on Moon Knight, and that’s impressive for me, as I generally find him to be one of the more overrated writers out there.

For a high-profile writer, and a rather anticipated comic, I’d say this debut comic was a disappointment in that I expected better, but it’s not a bad first issue. Ellis isn’t giving us something new as much as it’s a redux of what he did with Moon Knight, a focus on the character, quirks and all. That’s not a bad thing at all, it just feels like we’ve been here and done this before. Not so all-new, all-different. Add in the fact that so far you could replace Karnak with numerous other characters (Shang-Chi or Iron First could be similar comics) and it definitely doesn’t feel like anything special or exciting.

The art by Zaffino is interesting and I found myself both liking and disliking it at the same time. Particularly what bothered me was a weird pattern we see throughout the issue that feels like a boot imprint. It’s a pattern and choice I don’t quite understand I found it rather distracting.

The issue isn’t bad at all, and I want to see what the second issue is like, despite a weird stopping point. There’s absolutely some potential in the fist issue and where it all goes is key, but the comic overall doesn’t feel like it’s special or new. Hype has definitely hurt the comic, but expectations are what they are. In this case, the comic didn’t meet them, and feels like something I’ve seen before.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jorge Zaffino
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Mad Monk of the Inhumans Goes Solo in Karnak #1!

This October, the most mysterious and enigmatic of the Inhumans is on his own for his very first ongoing series! Marvel has released a new look at Karnak #1 – the new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Gerardo Zaffino!

Who is Karnak? You may not know now, but you will! With the power to see the flaw in all things – systems, philosophies, structures, people – there is nothing he cannot defeat. But when Phil Coulson  and S.H.I.E.L.D. request his help with a peculiar case, even Karnak may have met his match! Prepare for an explosive debut unlike any you’ve seen in the Marvel Universe before!

KARNAK #1 (AUG150782)
Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Covers by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150784), SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG150783),
Design Variant by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150785)
Connecting Variant Cover by JIM CHEUNG (AUG150787)
Hip-Hop Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (AUG150788)
Kirby Monster Variant by ERIC POWELL (AUG150789)
FOC – 09/28/15, On-Sale 10/21/15


Marvel’s Kirby Monster Variants this October

When monsters ruled the Marvel Universe, the wildly imaginative brain and pencil of Jack Kirby brought dozens upon dozens of these creatures to life. Monster comics may be a thing of the past, but Marvel is celebrating their legacy this October with over twenty-five Kirby Monster Variants coming to some of Marvel’s biggest new titles! Featuring some of the industry’s most legendary and iconic artists, witness the inimitable imagination of Jack Kirby brought to life by Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Art Adams, Eric Powell, Simon Bisley, Cliff Chiang and many, many more!

October also sees the release of Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants…..

Groot! Fin Fang Foom! Orrgo! Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom! Look for these exciting  Kirby Monster Variants coming later this year:

  • A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
  • Avengers #0 Devil Dinosaur Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by PAUL POPE
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 Elektro Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
  • Amazing Spider-Man #2 Infant Terrible Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
  • Ant-Man #1 Scarlet Beetle Variant by TRADD MOORE
  • Captain America: White #3 Jinni Demon Variant by GLENN FABRY
  • Civil War #5 Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom Variant by JOHN CASSADAY
  • Contest of Champions #1 Xemnu the Titan Variant by DAN BRERETON
  • Doctor Strange #1 Awesome Android Variant by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Extraordinary X-Men #2 Yeti Variant by PHIL NOTO
  • Groot #5 Quonian Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Groot Variant by MIKE ALLRED
  • House of M #4 Kraa the Unhuman Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
  • Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Orrgo Variant by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
  • Invincible Iron Man #2 Fin Fang Foom Variant by MARK BROOKS
  • Karnak #1 Rommbu Variant by ERIC POWELL
  • Ms. Marvel #19 Wrecker’s Robot Variant by CLIFF CHIANG
  • New Avengers #2 The Blip Variant by SIMON BISLEY
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 Poker Face Variant by JAMES STOKOE
  • Sam Wilson, Captain America #2 Zetora Variant by TONY MOORE
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Hypno-Creature Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • Spider-Man 2099 #2 Ulvar Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Thorr Variant by CHRIS BACHALO
  • Uncanny Avengers #1 Mangog Variant by GEOF DARROW
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Vandoom’s Monster Variant by ART ADAMS