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Preview: Knights of X #3

Knights of X #3

(W) Tini Howard (A) Robert Quinn (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 22, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE FALL OF THE KNIGHTS OF X!
Gambit and his team gain a momentary victory over the Furies in Crooked Market, but as the group is hit by another wave of attacks by Merlyn’s army, Rachel Summer’s connection with Captain Britain is severed before she can call in reinforcements. In Sevalith, the Captain and her team face off against blood thirsty vampires as they seek out a lethal potential ally.
Their quest required ten knights to begin, but no one said anything about the end. A knight dies here – and the hateful quest goes on.

Knights of X #3

Preview: Knights of X #2

Knights of X #2

(W) Tini Howard (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 01, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE QUEST REVEALED!
Betsy Braddock has assembled her Knights of X! Their mission: to save Otherworld from Merlyn and his powerful henchmen…by finding the holy grail of mutantkind. But Otherworld is vast, and innumerable armies stand in their way. When Merlyn targets the Crooked Market, a safe haven for mutantkind, the Knights must split up. Will Captain Britain find the grail? Will Gambit lead the others into a deadly trap? Death looms over the Knights – in more ways than one.

Knights of X #2

Preview: Knights of X #2

Knights of X #2

(W) Tini Howard (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 01, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE QUEST REVEALED!
Betsy Braddock has assembled her Knights of X! Their mission: to save Otherworld from Merlyn and his powerful henchmen…by finding the holy grail of mutantkind. But Otherworld is vast, and innumerable armies stand in their way. When Merlyn targets the Crooked Market, a safe haven for mutantkind, the Knights must split up. Will Captain Britain find the grail? Will Gambit lead the others into a deadly trap? Death looms over the Knights – in more ways than one.

Knights of X #2

Mini Reviews: Knights, Leagues, BRZRKRs, and Blood Stained Teeth

Knights of X #1

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 shorom the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Justice League #75 (DC Comics) – Setting up the next event Dark Crisis, the issue doesn’t feel all that exciting or epic. It’s just… off. Not sure why it doesn’t click but there’s something about it. It dives deep into DC history as one and the visuals, while good, don’t quite click like they should. Overall, this might be one to read as part of a trade when the event is over. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Blood Stained Teeth #1 (Image Comics) – A new twist on the vampire genre where this concept of familiars aren’t appreciated. The first issue is a little choppy with the narrative but overall it’s a good concept and start with some solid art. Overall Rating: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

The Last Mountain #1 (Comics Experience Publishing) – In this world fantasy creatures are real and lost a war. Now in camps, a few escape hoping to find freedom. With a lot of backup stories that deliver more depth of the world, it’s a hell of a start with some solid art and an amazing concept. Allegory in entertainment form. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Punisher #2 (Marvel) – The second issue of the series dives into Frank’s past as we get a better idea of his motives. It feels like a bad retcon of the character’s past that kind of wrecks a lot of the tragedy. Overall, this might be a race as to which is the worst concept for the character but we’ll see where it goes. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Knights of X #1 (Marvel) – A solid mix of fantasy and what we enjoy about Marvel’s mutants. The art is fantastic, action solid, and overall a nice setup. It’s not necessarily anything new so far, but it’s executed really well blending two concepts for an exciting new direction. Overall Rating: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

BRZRKR #8 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has veered in a very interesting way. It feels like it’s no longer focused on a man who can’t die and wants to find peace and straight into hardcore sci-fi territory. It’s all an interesting mix but a very interesting departure from the first half to the series. Overall Rating: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


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

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 (**).

Review: Knights of X #1

Knights of X #1

When Neil Gaiman wrote Marvel 1602, he re-imagined our favorite heroes during medieval times. It gave us a brand new look at how these characters would fare in a different time and different place. As the years have gone by since it was first published, fans have been clamoring for a return to that world.

As medieval sword and fantasy stories have become popular again, our favorite superheroes in these settings have been missed. You can take a show like Game Of Thrones, where magic and supernatural creatures are part of that world, and you can easily see our favorite mutants living there. In the newest event surrounding Krakoa, we find Professor X’s brood dealing with a whole new municipality where they can live free but not without its complications. In the debut issue of Tini Howard’s Knights of X, we find Betsy Braddock being the only hope to restore order in Otherworld.

We’re taken to Otherworld, which is ruled by Merlyn, King Arthur and his loyal knights, who search the land looking for what they call “witchbreed” better known as mutants to the rest of us. This doesn’t bode well for Jersey Devil, who is not of this world but from Krakoa, and if he gets killed here, he can’t be revived like he could back on Earth, but thankfully, a soldier from the Captain Britain Corps comes to his rescue. We soon find out Merlyn has taken control of Starlight Citadel, the gate that goes to Krakoa, now known as the Lunatic Citadel, and the only respite the super powered has in this world, is the kingdom of Roma, who just so happens to be Merlyn’s daughter. As we find Betsy Braddock and Roma at odds , as they can’t agree on how to wage war against Merlyn and his merciless genocide against mutants,  as they find a back way to Krakoa, which gives Betsy an idea to recruit some reinforcements with the Grimoire of Apocalypse in hand, to even the odds with a powerful sorcerer like Merlyn. By the issue’s end, Betsy brings the fight to King Arthur and his knights, recruits a different version of Morded and finally forms what Roma envisioned, the Knights Of X.

Overall, Knights of X #1 is one of the better stories from the Krakoan Age event, one which invokes high fantasy. The story by Howard is fascinating. The art by creative team is awe inspiring. Altogether, it’s a story that uses the best part of the Arthurian legend and injects it with our favorite mutants.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Bob Quinn
Color: Erick Arciniega Letterer: Ariana Maher Design: Tom Muller
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Knights of X #1

Knights of X #1

(W) Tini Howard (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $4.99

THE QUEST BEGINS HERE, WHERE MUTANTS ARE HATED AND FEARED ONCE AGAIN!
The gates to Otherworld are closed – and Captain Britain is trapped on the wrong side! Usurpers Merlyn and his right-hand man, King Arthur, are now in control of Lunatic Citadel. Furies the size of Sentinels raze villages to the ground in their hunt for the “witchbreed.” Cut off from Krakoa, Betsy Braddock is Otherworld’s only hero – and to save her people, Betsy must recruit a round table of her own. The Knights of X gather to restore the rightful order and rescue desperate mutants – but their quest is about to get so much bigger than that. This is the era of destiny…and the fate of Otherworld lies at the center of mutantkind’s future. Don’t miss this essential piece of the new Krakoa!

Knights of X #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – It’s a whole new era with a new creative team to celebrate 60 years of Spider-Man!

Blood Stained Teeth #1 (Image Comics) – A new vampire series from Christian Ward and Patric Reynolds that sounds like it has a nice twist on the genre that fans can sink their teeth into.

BRZRKR #8 (BOOM! Studios) – We’re all in on this series that focuses on an immortal warrior who just wants to peace. The bloody action is perfectly mixed with the focus on the individual at the center of it all.

Dark Knights of Steel #6 (DC Comics) – The series has been a lot of fun taking classic characters and putting them in an Elseworlds fantasy story that delivers just enough twists to keep readers on their toes.

Justice League #75 (DC Comics) – This kicks off the next big event!

The Killer: Affairs of the State #3 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – The series has been excellent so far putting its main character where he doesn’t want to be, working for French Intelligence.

Knights of X #1 (Marvel) – Destiny of X has been solid so far launching the next phase of the X-line of comics and feeling like a nice evolution of everything that’s been laid out before.

The Naughty List #1 (AfterShock) – His name is Nicholas Sinterklass, and this is the story of what happens when you steal his Naughty List.

Past the Last Mountain #1 (Comics Experience) – Half a century ago, the United States rounded up and imprisoned all the fantasy creatures that live amongst us. Now, a faun, a dragon and an adorable troll boy have escaped confinement, and are on the run from the United States Army!

Punisher #2 (Marvel) – The first issue left us scratching our heads but we really want to see how this whole Punisher joins the Hand story plays out.

Retroactive (Humanoids) – An agent working for the U.S. Bureau of Temporal Affairs sets out to discover the source of several anomalies in the timeline-only to become imprisoned in an inescapable time loop.

Rogues #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue was amazing as the down on their luck Rogues get back together for one last heist.

6000 Miles to Freedom (Graphic Mundi) – Taking real life experiences as inspiration, the story focuses on two boys attempting to escape the Taliban.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 (IDW Publishing) – The highly anticipated miniseries wraps up and we’re excited to see how it all ends (and then want more).

Preview: Knights of X #1

Knights of X #1

(W) Tini Howard (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $4.99

THE QUEST BEGINS HERE, WHERE MUTANTS ARE HATED AND FEARED ONCE AGAIN!
The gates to Otherworld are closed – and Captain Britain is trapped on the wrong side! Usurpers Merlyn and his right-hand man, King Arthur, are now in control of Lunatic Citadel. Furies the size of Sentinels raze villages to the ground in their hunt for the “witchbreed.” Cut off from Krakoa, Betsy Braddock is Otherworld’s only hero – and to save her people, Betsy must recruit a round table of her own. The Knights of X gather to restore the rightful order and rescue desperate mutants – but their quest is about to get so much bigger than that. This is the era of destiny…and the fate of Otherworld lies at the center of mutantkind’s future. Don’t miss this essential piece of the new Krakoa!

Knights of X #1

Superhero High Fashion Returns to the Hellfire Gala

This year’s Hellfire Gala will once again be a night overflowing with action, drama, and FASHION. And this time around, mutants won’t be the only ones slaying the Green Carpet. The other heroes of the Marvel Universe are getting into the fun with extremely stylish looks of their own, all designed by some of the industry’s most inventive artists! Superstar Russell Dauterman returns to lead the campaign to elevate Marvel Comics fashion like never before alongside artists Carmen Carnero, Iban Coello, Chris Bachalo, Jen Bartel, Mateus Manhanini, Mahmud Asrar, Miguel Mercado, Meghan Hetrick, InHyuk Lee, and Eric D’Urso. Combining real fashion trends with classic super hero aesthetics, mutant power signatures, and more, these bold takes on your favorite Marvel characters can be seen in both the upcoming X-Men: Hellfire Gala one-shot and on a series of 20 gorgeous variant covers throughout June!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Spider-Man
  • BLACK PANTHER #7 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by ERICA D’URSO – Captain Marvel
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #45 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Doctor Doom
  • IRON MAN #21 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO – Iron Man
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #39 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Black Widow
  • MOON KNIGHT #12 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Scarlet Witch
  • WOLVERINE #22 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Wolverine
  • AVENGERS #57 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO – Captain America
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MATEUS MANHANINI – Captain America
  • GAMBIT #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Gambit
  • HULK #8 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – She-Hulk
  • KNIGHTS OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MAHMUD ASRAR – Rogue
  • MARAUDERS #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Synch
  • X-MEN RED #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL – Jean Grey
  • IMMORTAL X-MEN #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MEGHAN HETRICK – Emma Frost
  • LEGION OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Havok
  • NEW MUTANTS #27 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Magik

Secrets Could Send Mutantkind Into a Spiral

Prepare to enter the Destiny of X, the radical next era for your favorite X-Men titles! Ushering in the second age of Krakoa, Destiny of X will see the emergence of new enemies, the formation of new X-Teams, and bold paths for your favorite characters. It all kicks off later this month and right now, fans can peek ahead to discover what’s to come this June in their most anticipated X-Men ongoing series!

Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz present the grand climax to the Krakoan X-Men’s first year in X-Men #12! On the eve of the Hellfire Gala, threats have closed in on the X-Men from all sides. The secret machinations of Doctor Stasis, the terror of Gameworld, even the threat of the X-Men’s own secrets getting out…it’s all led to this!

X-Men #12

Kieron Gillen teams up with artist Michele Bandini for a Hellfire Gala story ripe with drama, revelations, and betrayal from a shocking uninvited guest in Immortal X-Men #3! Emma Frost will do anything to protect the children, including the metaphorical child that is the Hellfire Gala. Last year’s was a fantastic success. She would not like it if someone ruined the second. She would not like it at all… The events of this year’s HELLFIRE GALA will lead directly into Gillen and Valerio Schiti’s A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, the next Marvel Comics crossover epic launching this summer. Stay tuned next week for more HELLFIRE GALA announcements. Featuring a cover by Mark Brooks!

Immortal X-Men #3

In Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill’s X-Force #29, X-Force make their last stand AGAINST KRAKOA, THE ISLAND THAT KILLS LIKE A MAN! As Cerebrax captures and turns the mutants’ powers against them, it sets its sights on the biggest mutant of all — Krakoa itself! A fight this big is going to take all the power X-Force can muster…and the true Omega to live up to his potential! With a cover by Joshua Cassara.

X-Force #29

Wolverine runs out of allies to trust in Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert’s Wolverine #22. Wolverine is trapped in an adamantium prison, and it’s probably Deadpool’s fault.  But the betrayal of Maverick stings worst of all! Just what is so valuable in that briefcase that it pits mutant against mutant…against C.I.A.?

Wolverine #22

Mutantkind’s great Otherworld quest is in jeopardy in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn’s Knights of X #3. Gambit and his team gain a momentary victory over the Furies in Crooked Market, but as the group is hit by another wave of attacks by Merlyn’s army, Rachel Summers’ connection with Captain Britain is severed before she can call in reinforcements. In Sevalith, the Captain and her team face off against blood thirsty vampires as they seek out a lethal potential ally. Their quest required ten knights to begin, but no one said anything about the end. A knight dies here – and the hateful quest goes on. With a cover by Yanick Paquette.

Knights of X #3

Meet the FIRST GENERATION OF MUTANTKIND in Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini’s Marauders #4. The Marauders have gotten some jailbreak mixed into their heist! Pryde and her crew might’ve convinced Xandra to confront the Shi’ar’s crimes against mutantkind together, but the fanatical Kin Crimson are ready to defend those secrets to the death. What hidden truths and horrors does the Shi’ar Chronicle hold? Deep in a pandimensional prison lies the answer – but will it unite two societies in progress, or destroy them both? Check out the cover by Kael Ngu.

Marauders #4

Al Ewing teams up with Juann Cabal, Andrés Genolet, and more for a harsh lesson about the Martian way of death in X-Men Red #4! Recent revelations threaten to profoundly alter the Destiny of X – and Arakko isn’t immune from the fallout! With the clock ticking down to interstellar war, Storm faces a Galactic Illuminati… Magneto attends a meeting of his own that might decide both their fates…and Roberta Da Costa ponders a recent return from the grave alongside the strangest guest star of all! With a cover by Russell Dauterman.

X-Men Red #4

Nightcrawler’s squad faces a divine threat in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua’s Legion of X #3. An Arakkii fugitive god is lurking somewhere in the shadows of Krakoa, and Weaponless Zsen must track them down or face destruction at the hands of the terrifying Ora Serrata. After hitting a number of dead ends, Zsen and Nightcrawler turn to the astral plane for answers. Meanwhile, Pixie lures the Skinjacker out of hiding with the help of Juggernaut and…Dr. Strange?! Dike Ruan‘s cover is below.

Legion of X #3

Fall into the looking glass in Vita Ayala and Rod Reis’ New Mutants #27. With her Soulsword shattered, Magik spirals into unfamiliar territory as she confronts her legacy in Limbo – dragging Mirage and Wolfsbane down with her! And while Magik faces the demons of her past, present, and future…Madelyne Pryor inches closer to the throne. Leinil Francis Yu provides the cover.

New Mutants #27
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