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Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #11

Marvel Two-In-One #11

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Ramon K. Perez (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• But there’s fallout from their absence, both in the universe and in the family. The THING and MISTER FANTASTIC go on a voyage to rectify mistakes and heal wounds.
• But is it too late?

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #9

Marvel Two-In-One #9

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Ramon K. Perez (CA) Gerardo Zaffino
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• But there’s something quite off about them…
• Ben and Johnny, powerless and stranded, are in the fight of their lives as NEXT OF KIN continues!

Joe’s Corner: What Comics to Buy this Wednesday

Joe goes over the comic book and trade paperback releases for the week of July 25th 2018, gives what he is going to read, as well as some the top comic books of the week that others may be reading, and recommends some other series as well. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Comics I Pull:

Action Comics #1001 DC Comics
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 Marvel Comics
Infinity Wars: Prime #1 Marvel Comics
Marvel 2-In-One #8 Marvel Comics
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #33 Marvel Comics
Multiple Man #2 Marvel Comics
The Punisher #228 Marvel Comics
The Sentry #2 Marvel Comics
Venom #4 Marvel Comics

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Isola #1 (Image Comics)Isola is the story of a young warrior with a mysterious bond to her companion: a green tiger. I was struck by how well the creators used the strengths of the medium to their advantage. Well worth the time of any fan of fantasy, adventure or books that are good.



Top Pick: The Avengers #687 (Marvel) – This weekly event has been so much fun, and each issue has added to the wild story in a great way. Iron Hulk, Rogue Hulk, what’s next?!

The Amazing Spider-Man #798 (Marvel) – We are almost to issue 800, and I have enjoyed most of this run by Slott. So while I am excited to see what Slott does with Iron Man and leaving this title, I am also excited to see how this continues and wraps up.

Marvel Two-In-One #5 (Marvel) – Now that a new Fantastic Four book has been announced and that this book is going to continue, I am invested in this book even more. It’s been a great time, and Zdarsky and Schiti are an awesome team.

Analog #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan is one of my favorite writers on Deadpool, Guardians and previously Uncanny Avengers. The combination of him penning this book and the premise make this book sound awesome.



Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #8 (BOOM! Studios) – Definitely not an issue to start with but there’s something fantastic about this issue that encapsulates the hope in this giant robot for kids series. The action is solid, there’s tons of personality. Just amazing all around. One of my favorite series of the past year.

Copra Round Five (Bergen Street Press) – If you’ve missed the single issues of this indie superhero comic, now you can pick them up with no excuse.

Curse of Brimstone #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry into the “New Age of Heroes,” the first issue is great on character building and presenting a series in a location you don’t see too many superhero comics. Really interesting start.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics) – Still making the case as to series of the year material. Every issue is a fascinating read and you never know what to expect inside.

The Walking Dead #178 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Just when the series was getting to a lull, things have shifted with the “New World Order” storyline. I want to learn more about this new society because as good as it looks on the surface, there’s no way it’s as good as it seems.



Top Pick: Sex Criminals #23 (Image Comics) – If I could only read one comic for the rest of my life, Sex Criminals would probably be that book. Twenty-three issues in and the tale of Jon and Suzie continues unfolding in some sort of weird origami flower of layers under layers under layers. There’s angst! There’s laughter! There’s plenty of sex positivity! And as usual, there will be Easter-egg style puns pouring out of artist Chip Zdarsky’s background work.

Cat N Bat TP (IDW Publishing) – Every now and again you want a break from the angst and drama of mainstream comics. Cat N Bat follows in the footsteps of Get Fuzzy, Mutts, and to a lesser extent, Garfield, where two animals are besties who can’t help getting in and out of trouble together. With the added twist of “silent comedy”, Cat N Bat is sure to make you laugh without feeling like a repeat of what came before.

Snotgirl #10 (Image Comics) – Snotgirl kind of sneaks up on you. There’s not a great way to simply pitch the original premise of internet it-girl Lottie Person, whose only real roadblock in issue 1 was her allergic reaction to…the entire world. Lottie is soon put on an experimental allergy medication, meets an impossibly cool mystery chick, and has a falling out with her brunch group of fellow blogger/vlogger ladies. Issue ten rounds out the second arc of the series, which included a Misery-style former assistant, and a murder mystery that the local police are determined to pin on someone.

I Hate Fairyland #18 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young continues his pet project, where he takes a gigantic bloody hatchet to his own signature fluffy sweet style. The series focus has shifted from the green-headed Shirley Temple look-alike Gertrude to Fairyland at large. Issue 18 promises to zoom out and focus on the greatest threat Fairyland has ever seen, a resurrected baddie ready to wipe out every adorable creature great and small.

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #5

Marvel Two-In-One #5

Story: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Valerio Schiti
Color: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The Multiverse itself is on the brink of destruction! Ben and Johnny rise up to and stop the ultimate threat of two of their greatest foes!

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #4

Marvel Two-In-One #4

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Valerio Schiti
Color: Frank Martino Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Ben and Johnny begin the search for their lost family! But the universe they’ve landed in may not last long enough!

Venom 30th Anniversary Variants in March

In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more!

  1. All-New Wolverine #33 by Dustin Weaver
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #798 by Terry and Rachel Dodson
  3. Avengers #687 by Jamal Campbell
  4. Black Panther #172 by Greg Horn
  5. Captain America #700 by Mark Bagley
  6. Daredevil #601 by Ramon Perez
  7. Doctor Strange #388 by Chris Stevens
  8. Infinity Countdown #2 by Ron Lim
  9. Invincible Iron Man #599 by Akcho
  10. Marvel Two-In-One #5 by Dave Johnson
  11. The Mighty Thor #706 by Mark Bagley
  12. New Mutants #2 by Bengal
  13. Old Man Logan #38 by Greg Smallwood
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303 by Rob Liefeld
  15. Thanos #18 by Mike Perkins
  16. Venom #164 by John Tyler Christopher
  17. Weapon H #2 by Mike Mayhew
  18. X-Men: Blue #25 by Francesco Francavilla
  19. X-Men: Gold #25 by Todd Nauck
  20. X-Men: Red #3 by Inhyuk Lee

The first wave of Venom Variant Covers will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Review: Marvel Two-In-One #3


Where we last left off, Ben Grimm/Thing and Johnny Storm/Human Torch encountered Victor Von Doom as they battled the Mole Man and his monsters on Monster Island and in private, Doom as left Thing with the Multisect, a device that will allow the ability to travel through the multiverse. However, Johnny has been losing his powers and they now have to get answers as to what’s happening.

While not exactly the resurrection of Fantastic Four fans have been clamoring for, Marvel Two-In-One is the start of something akin to that with Ben Grimm/Thing and Johnny Storm/Human Torch being the main leads of the book all the while using a past Marvel title which could count as a revival. And who better than to write these characters than Chip Zdarsky? And there is a reason he is among Marvel’s MVP of writers as of late.

From the first issue to Marvel Two-In-One #3, Zdarsky has a clear grasp on character, emotion and action. He also excels at humor excellently as well (see his Howard the Duck run for example) but I digress. He not only understands these characters but really develops them and make them more humor especially given Ben lied to Johnny that Reed and Sue could be still alive and yet, they’re going on a multiverse journey anyway which does make for a solid storytelling engine because of the dramatics it’d bring.

For this issue however, Hercules not only guest stars but a character from a previous issue appears in a major role, Rachna Koul via Hercules. And I got to say, Zdarsky really delivers when it comes to writing the dialogue for Hercules. It’s crazy spot on to a T while adding his unique touches such as how he deals with whatever Zeus says to him and the best part? That’s no doubt a callback to an issue of Secret Warriors. They don’t share the same writer but I’m sure a lot of writers in the Marvel offices share their stories with each other so I don’t doubt Zdarsky got wind of what Matthew Rosenberg wrote concerning that issue’s brief mention of Hercules.

Rachna Koul is also interesting of herself. You know the quote in Thor where it’s said that magic is a science people don’t understand? That’s kind of what happens here as she explains every single thing as to how even Hercules’s abilities work. It’s bizarre but also fascinating as to what Zdarsky even wrote. And it’s interesting to see what she has to say about superheroes with her main problem being they act better than everyone…yet she claims to be better than everyone else because of her own intelligence especially given how she managed to fight off a particular villain. All that and she’s very to read with her snarkiness and don’t care attitude and all.

Zdarsky does put in plenty of intrigue as well given the issue bookends itself with the presence of Victor Von Doom (or Iron Doom as I refer to him as) and the Mad Thinker. I can see why Zdarsky loves writing Doom. He gets Doom, he honestly does even when he’s in Iron Man armor. It’s just delightful to read, I can’t explain it. And the cliffhanger certainly has an interesting setup for things to come as to what could happen next in issue 4. And it kind of plays off like as if Zdarsky understands horror too, which, I’d be up for.

Zdarsky always knows how to tell a good story-even in his comedic ones and understands characters and can write in fun action scenes. The art by Valerio Schiti certainly helps matters especially when it came to the scenes with Doom and Mad Thinker. Plenty of shadows that give Doom a menacing look to him especially when there’s green glow surrounding him-having him look like a figure of death to creepy effect, same goes for the last couple of pages. And the rest, well staged and no doubt elevated what Zdarsky wrote. Again, another Marvel book where writer and artist are clearly in sync with each other.

And I should mention, this is a two page “end credits” kind of thing that humorously serves as an amusing punchline to a particular action beat.

If you’ve been enjoying Marvel Two-in-One, the book is still going strong and I recommend it to even people whoa aren’t fans of the Fantastic Four. If this is your jam, check it out!


Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #3

Marvel Two-In-One #3

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Flame off! Johnny Storm is losing his powers, but why?
• And who is the mysterious woman who says she can help?
• Plus: The MAD THINKER and DOOM square off over REED RICHARDS as “THE FATE OF THE FOUR” continues!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Marvel Two-in-One #2 (Marvel) – The Human Torch and The Thing, half of the Fantastic Four are searching for Reed, Sue, and the kids. This has such potential, and I enjoyed the first issue. This should give a massive nostalgia overload for older readers like myself, but also give enough excitement and exploration for the younger crowd.

Action Comics #996 (DC Comics) – We are getting so close to the 1000th issue, and this series has been a blast since Rebirth. I love the addition of Booster Gold recently, and the best Superman book keeps on going strong.

Abbott #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I like a good crime story, and this first issue of this new series that deals with a detective investigating the occult coming from BOOM looks very promising.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – Who’s watching the Watchmen? Apparently the DC Universe as the two combine for a series that has been very promising so far. Sure, this could fall flat on it’s face, but for now, I am enjoying everything, even if it is just for nostalgias sake.

Dissonance #1 (Image Comics) – I love a good sci-if tale, and this looks promising. It is always fun to jump on a new indie series, and we need more science fiction comics.



Top Pick: Abbott # 1 (BOOM! Studios) – A great example of what comics can be when every member of the team contributes the best of their talents. Abbott has all the makings of being the next Locke and Key.

Frankenstein Alive, Alive Trio (IDW Publishing) –  If you missed these three issues when they were printed years ago, IDW is giving you another chance to catch up before the long awaited final issue launches next month. This is a book that’s worth owning for Bernie Wrightson’s art alone and is probably the best value for money you’re going to find at the comic shop this week or any other.

Hungry Ghosts #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – Either Karen Berger or Anthony Bourdain would have been enough for me to give this book a shot but having both attached made it an absolute must-read. I can’t recommend it to everyone (see my full review for details) but for people looking for a horror anthology inspired by Japanese ghost stories its a nice taste of what Dark Horse’s new Berger Book’s imprint has in store.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness # 1 (DC Comics) – Raven was never a character I had much interest in or knowledge of but this book has me hooked for at least a couple more issues. It doesn’t even matter that I missed last year’s mini series. Marv Wolfman manages to use plenty of the tools that made old comics so accessible to new readers without the storytelling ever feeling too retro.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #3 (DC Comics) – This six issue limited series continues to be a fun take on one of my favorite characters with a twisted sense of humor and great visuals.



Top Pick: Ninja-K #3 (Valiant) – Although I enjoyed the previous series the title character starred in, Ninjak, the current series is everything I could want in a comic and more. The art is fantastic, and secondary only to the exquisite writing from Christos Gage. I love this series’ look at the murky history of the Ninja Programme, and at the history only hinted at thus far.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – I still haven’t decided if I expect this to be a train wreck of epic proportions, or somewhat enjoyable… but I’m looking forward to finding out.

X-O Manowar #11 (Valiant) – Now that the opening three arcs are over, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Matt Kindt does with Aric now that he rules an entire planet (or, rather, is failing miserably at ruling a planet). One could argue there’s real world parallels to people interfering in local politics and royally fucking the local situation up while acting the savior, but there’s more meat on that bone than I have space for here.



Top Pick: Southern Bastards #19 (Image Comics) – Any time an issue comes out it’s at the top of my read list. It’s been an amazing series and I don’t mind the gap at all as every issue delivers an emotional punch.

Avengers #677 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been excellent so far so I’m all in for this weekly series.

Detective Comics #973 (DC Comics) – Things are falling apart for the team in this finale of the latest arc. I’ve really wanted to see how this one ends.

Legion #1 (Marvel) – After the excellence of the television series, I’m intrigued to see what this limited comic series does.

Star Trek: Discovery #2 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve really enjoyed the television series so to get more in this world has me happy. The first issue added some depth so looking forward to the second to see what it does.

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