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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/1/16

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.


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 Dead Vengeance #4  Was a fitting conclusion to the miniseries. As a whole the series was a great, but as an individual issue this doesn’t stand up to being read out of sequence, but seeing as how the miniseries is worth reading, that’s not a big deal. Overall 7 Recommendation: Read now, or Read the trade later.

Extraordinary X-Men #4* There’s a chance you may have heard about this issue already (and if you haven’t don’t look it up, just go read it). The thing is, beyond That Which Will Not Be Named, this is actually a very entertaining comic. The dynamic between Old Man Logan and the others is handled with just the right amount of disbelief and humour, which is one of the reasons I’ll be picking issue #5 up in the next couple of weeks. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Lobster Johnson: A Glass Mantis (Dark Horse) Is a fun one shot comic that gives a slightly modern flavour to the stories told in the early days of comics. There’s nothing groundbreaking or original here but what is done is done well enough  that merits you checking it out. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read.

The Rocketeer At War #1 (IDW) is, frankly, fun. If you’ve ever seen (and enjoyed) the movie, then there’s a great chance you’ll enjoy this comic. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy if you’re a fan, Read if you’re curious.



Art Ops #3 (DC)“Art is real” and it’s getting kidnapped out of its picture frames or running wild in the streets of NYC. If you’re into comics about the NYC of years past, fine art and especially the excellent Pop Art infused work of this comic’s team, Matt Brundage and the great Mike Allred then you’ll need this fun and anarchic title. It’s definitely unique and unpredictable. The version of contemporary downtown Manhattan in this comic feels exactly like my Manhattan way back in the year 2000 but that’s cool and there are fun flashbacks to SoHo in the 80’s. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy


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Justice League #47 (DC Comics)* Good to have the band back together so to speak, as the last few issues felt like they were spinning their wheels. This issue was not filler and had some good moments, especially with Hal and God Bruce. I like how Johns hasn’t forgot that Bruce knows the Joker’s true identity and is keeping it to himself (very Batman thing to do) the scene with incarcerated Ultraman and Superwoman was good. You definitely get the sense that the big battle is near and all the pieces are in place. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy.

Spawn #259 (Image Comics) So the skinny is Al is back in Hell and he’s battling Satan for Wanda’s soul. We’ve seen the bait and switch before but this time it’s the real deal. This is the first Spawn comic I’ve picked up in years. Having Todd McFarlane and Erik Larson on the book helped. It was a quick read and there was a scene with Spawn acting like a hellish Moses, parting a sea of demons, which was cool. The issue ends with Al making a choice for Wanda’s fate that I did not see coming. I enjoyed Erik Larson’s art and moved along nicely. Don’t know if I will continue to get the book but was pleased I picked it up. Nothing groundbreaking but the Satan Wars commence! Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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!

Giant Robot Maintenance CrewWednesdays 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: Howard The Duck #3 (Marvel) – This series is probably my most anticipated comic every month because it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s like a shining beacon in the sea of dark and gritty comics that I otherwise read.

Lobster Johnson: Glass Mantis (Dark Horse) – It’s only the second comic I’ve read featuring the Lobster, but he’s a character I’d love to learn more about, and what better way than this one-shot?

Seduction Of The Innocent #2 (Dynamite) – I’m liking the feel of this comic, and the cover is a fantastic homage to the crime comics of old.



COPRA Round Three (Bergen Street Comics) – The best superhero comic on the market right now. This indie comic has delivered with every single issue. It’s so good I buy them in singles and trades. Just has to be read to really be appreciated, no words will do it justice.

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (Cosmic Times) – I loved this when it was in single issues. It focuses on the folks who help make those giant robots actually function when the pilots go into battle. You won’t look at giant robots the same way again after reading this twistedly funny comic.

The Omega Men #7 (DC Comics) – Tom King consistently deliver in this critically praised series.

Squadron Supreme #2 (Marvel) – This “dark” Avengers comic brings all of these characters into the regular Marvel Universe, and their brand of justice isn’t going over well. Should be fascinating to see where it goes.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with their Star Wars comics and I expect no less from this one.



Top Pick: Black Canary #6 (DC Comics) –  In the words of Led Zeppelin “It’s been a long time, been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since issue 5”. Are the members of Black Canary the Queens of Noise or will they be shot through the heart by their former singer? Like Alice Cooper I Love it to Death.

Top Pick: All-New Wolverine #3 (Marvel) – The best it is what it does: being a superhero comic that’s actually All New All Different. Laura Kinny is Wolverine.

Black Magick #3 (Image Comics) – We were promised a witch noir and a witch noir we have! Artist Nicola Scott’s best drawn and moodiest work to date coupled with Greg Rucka who’s always an awesome writer.

Jughead #3 (Archie) – Genuine and tongue in cheek humor at the same time. My favorite Archie series gets better with each issue. I love the character’s voice now. I’m a total Archie newbie and I’ve fallen for it.

Ringside #2 (Image Comics) –  Do ya like wrestling, kid? Seedy backstage wrastling drama. General grittiness and industry weary eyes. Big cliffhanger at the end of last issue.



Top Pick: East of West #23 (Image Comics) – I didn’t read #22 … oh wait … I didn’t have to. There was no dialogue. After that epic failure in the last ish all that Image hints at in the next installment is that “Revelations and Retribution abound.”  Can’t wait to find out what exactly that means.

Last Sons Of America #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Another dark and dystopian sci-fi-ish BOOM! title by a relatively unknown writer (Philip Kennedy Johnson). This one centers on human trafficking, and the monetization and exploitation of children. Dark and bleak it is, infused with kidnappings, drug cartels, and guns.

Ragnarok #7 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve been a fan of Walt’s work since the 80s. After forty odd years in the industry, he still has the magic touch. Thor (totally unrelated to Marvel’s Thor) is the Last God Standing about to do battle against Regn, the Black Elf Assassin.

Six #2 (451 Media) – Written by the team of George Pelecanos (of HBO’s The Wire fame) and Andrew Ewington, this title pits Mercs versus Drug Cartels. Another guns and action title, if that’s your thing.

Welcome Back #4 (BOOM! Studios) – I jumped on this one late in the middle of issue #3.  Glad I did; I was able to snag first print copies of #1 and #2.  I doubt I could find these now. Originally this one was slated to be a mini-series, but Boom has now extended it as an ongoing title due to its well-deserved popularity. Word of mouth spread quickly on this violent story of battling reincarnated assassins, so first printings are now a rarity; but you can probably snag some second or third printings to catch up (by the way I was enjoying Sebela’s run on Dead Letters too, but for some reason after #9, subsequent issues have been released digitally but not in print; what’s up with that).