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Preview: Low Road West #5

Low Road West #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Letterer: Miquel Muerto
Colorist: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Flaviano
Price: $3.99

Forced from the only refuge they have been able to find, the teenage refugees must face off once and for all against the enemy that surrounds them… and the enemy within them.

Low Road West #5

Preview: Low Road West #4

Low Road West #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Letterer: Miquel Muerto
Colorist: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Flaviano
Price: $3.99

Separated and surrounded by enemies, the kids feel as though they have nowhere to turn… and that’s before they find a mysterious journal, belonging to a survivor named Abraham.

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.

American Carnage #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – When I read this comic way back months ago I thought it was fantastic. I think the same thing today. A cop goes undercover in a hate group. Yeah, pretty relevant.

Black Badge #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This series is insane following Scouts who are also assassins. Over the top awesome.

Go-Bots #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic toys get their time to shine in this series from Tom Scioli. Scioli = awesome.

High Heaven #3 (AHOY Comics) – The first two issues have been fantastic and AHOY just packs so much into an issue you really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. An asshole gets sent to Heaven and isn’t happy with it and wants to escape.

Low Road West #3 (BOOM! Studios) – This series blends fantasy and apocalypse and we seriously have no idea where it’s going from here.

Middlewest #1 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young’s new series with art by Jorge Corona. Skottie Young has us sold on this one.

Smooth Criminals #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A story about felonies and friendship and a concept that sounds like a lot of fun.

Spider-Geddon #4 (Marvel) – The event packs so much in and we can’t see how it’s going to wrap up with not too much to go. Marvel is once again knocking it out of the park with its Spider-events.

Uncanny X-Men #2 (Marvel) – The first issue took us back and felt like an old-school X-Men comic from the 90s and we’re all in for this weekly series. The end of the last issue, and it’s mini-stories have us scratching our heads as to what’s next.

Web of Venom: Carnage Reborn #1 (Marvel) – Is Carnage returning? We’ll find out!

Preview: Low Road West #3

Low Road West #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Letterer: Miquel Muerto
Colorist: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Flaviano
Price: $3.99

When the kids come face to face with the Deserters and their leader, they are offered a terrible choice—turn on one another, and survive, or stand together against certain death.

Review: Low Road West #2

Following a brutal dust storm that drove them to seek shelter, the teens decide to venture out into the mysterious ghost town of Duster’s Wake to search for supplies…only to find that they are not alone.

The first issue of Low Road West caught us off guard as it started as your typical apocalypse setting and then something magical happened. There was a twist and we were teased with another world. It created a whole lot of questions.

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson doesn’t answer those questions instead building things up to a reveal at the end that left us scratching our heads and wanting more.

With the kids safe in a mysterious house and trouble outside, they turn to survival mode looking for food and other items that might help them survive. More is revealed leaving us with even more questions that feel like they’ll get answered a bit more in the third issue.

What Johnson does so well is not just build the teaser but really introduces us to the kids through their interactions. There’s no outright explanations of their backgrounds or history, instead we’re teased about all of that. We’re left to figure much of it all out ourselves. It’s a great way to add depth to the characters without derailing the story itself. And there’s an emotional connection there. When one character talks about her family and you put together what has really happened, it’s hard not to feel sorry.

The art by Flaviano, with color by Miquel Muerto and lettering by Jim Campbell continues to be solid. The house has a lot of mysteries and has a personality all its own. There’s four distinct settings of the comic and each has a look and feel all to their own. Yet, they all still work together and flow nicely. How does it all connect? We’ll find out but we’re pouring over the art for clues.

The comic continues to build the mystery with some reveals that only create more questions. We’ll hopefully start to get actual answers with the next issue but this is a series that seems to blend a few genres together into a whole new experience and one we want to find more about.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Flaviano Cover Artist: Flaviano
Colorist: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Joe

Top Pick: Gideon Falls Volume 1 (Image Comics) – Lemire and Sorrentino is a match made in comic heaven, and this is a series that doesn’t disappoint. It’s creepy, dark, and it’s perfect for Halloween!

Black Badge #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins resume their awesome work from Grass Kings, and now tell the tale of North Korea, Boy Scouts, and Spies. It’s wild, and one of the most original and fun books I’ve read in awhile.

Runaways #14 (Marvel Comics) – Consistently one of Marvel’s best books every single month. Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka give such a touching and fun book, and something different from the usual superhero books.

Venom Annual #1 (Marvel Comics) – I usually don’t love annuals, and their $4.99 price tag, but this has Cates still on the book, and will serve as a great jumping on point for one of Marvel’s best.

Justice League #10 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder and Francis Manupul is another great pair for comics this week. The series has had its pedal to the medal like usual Snyder stories and I don’t expect it to let up. This will also start the ”Drowned Earth” storyline that will be Aquaman focused, and that cover art alone has me hyped.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Shuri #1 (Marvel) – She was the break out star of Black Panther and Marvel recognizing that is giving her her own series. With T’Challa missing, she must choose between herself and her country. Can’t wait to see another perspective of Wakanda.

Archie 1941 #2 (Archie Comics) – What if Archie took place in the lead up to World War II? The first issue was really good with a good mix of history and we’re expecting more of that with this one.

Captain Ginger #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY has been damn near perfect with their three releases so far and we’re expecting no less from this one.

East of West #39 (Image Comics) – This weird west apocalyptic story has delivered with every issue and this far in, we want to see where it goes.

Low Road West #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue started off as a apocalyptic type story and then veered into fantasy. We’re intrigued. We’re very intrigued.

Superman Isn’t Jewish (But I Am Kinda) (Life Drawn/Humanoids) – An interesting exploration of Jewish identity in modern times.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #24 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s current run on Transformers is winding down with everything coming together and we’re glued to the pages of every release.

The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (Marvel) – Writer Jeremy Whitley is back and so is Nadia! The first volume was beyond fantastic with a mix of fun, action, science, and girl power! We’re expecting no less and are so excited.

Preview: Low Road West #2

Low Road West #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Cover Artist: Flaviano
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Following a brutal dust storm that drove them to seek shelter, the teens decide to venture out into the mysterious ghost town of Duster’s Wake to search for supplies…only to find that they are not alone.

Baltimore Comic Con 2018: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Takes Us on the Low Road West

Phillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner nominated comic writer behind The Power of the Dark Crystal, Smoketown, Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, Adventure Time, Aquaman, and his latest Low Road West published by BOOM! Studios.

We got a chance to talk to him at Baltimore Comic Con 2018 about this genre bending new series and attempt to get him to spill on what’s next.

Review: Low Road West #1

In the aftermath of a nuclear first strike that has left the East Coast uninhabitable, five teenagers are being sent west, away from the wreckage that was once their home. Halfway through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the shuttle that promised safety has broken down, stranding them in the middle of nowhere with only one another to count on.

When you read the above description, you think a traditional survival story with an apocalyptic wasteland full of dangers and mutants and stuff like that. Going in to Low Road West #1, that’s exactly what I expected. Then there’s a twist and things get… strange.

What starts off as a story about a post-nuclear attack world turns into something more magical with a fantasy element to it that is beyond intriguing and engaging. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson as expected knocks it out of the park and delivers a comic that feels like it’s blending genres. After this first issue, it’s completely unknown as to where things are going.

Johnson makes sure to focus on the characters as he builds this world around them. We get a quick sense as to who they are and what will and won’t work as far as their personalities. There’s some great additions for details that really add depth to each character. The use of a video game system or how something’s said through lettering by Jim Campell.

Those sorts of details are helped through the art by Flaviano. The series goes from a dusty post nuclear wasteland into something else. That something else is full of small detail that it begs you to linger on the page to get an even better idea as to what’s going on. That transition is helped through the colors of Miquel Muerto who has us going from the yellow/brown dust filled land to a magical house full of hues of blue.

I expected one thing and this debut is something else by books end which has me only more excited to see where it’s all going from here.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Flaviano
Main Cover: Flaviano Intermix Cover: David Lafuente
Color: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Jim Campell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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