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Uncanny X-Men #1 Gets a Cover from Skottie Young!

This November, Uncanny X-Men returns with a new ongoing series, bringing together nearly every mutant left on earth in a story that threatens to destroy them. It’s an epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance, with an adventure so earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!

Celebrating of the much-anticipated launch of Uncanny X-Men #1, Marvel has revealed a new variant cover from superstar artist Skottie Young!

Uncanny X-Men #1 is by Kelly ThompsonEd Brisson, and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Mahmud Asrar, Mark Bagley, and Mirko Colak. Featuring a cover by Leinil Francis Yu, the comic comes to shelves November 14, 2018.

The X-Men get Disassembled this November!

Unboxing: October 2018’s Comic of the Month Club

Comic of the Month Club is a monthly comic subscription box for comic book fans everywhere. Subscribers receive 10 personally curated comics every month and fill out a preference form as to what they’re interested in.

Under new management, we open up the first box of this “new” service to see if the new box is as good as the old box!

You can subscribe now to Comic of the Month Club!

Review: The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Nadia Van Dyne, A.K.A. the Unstoppable Wasp, and her team of girl scientists are back! With the backing of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, there’s no problem the Agents of G.I.R.L. can’t solve! But they’re not the only acronym-toting science organization out there, and when A.I.M. strikes, Nadia and the ladies of Genius In action Research Labs answer the call. But who is A.I.M.’s new super-powered lieutenant, and how do they know Nadia? And what does A.I.M.’s plan have to do with Nadia’s father, Hank Pym?

Due to popular demand, The Unstoppable Wasp is back with writer Jeremy Whitley back at the helm. Though its been months since the last issue, this first issue of the new volume feels like no time has passed at all. The issue is lots of fund as we dive in with Nadia attempting to balance a normal life and her superheroics.

Whitley delivers the loving and great dynamic between Nadia and Jarvis as she practices for her driver test and in that scene alone we are reminded of everything we need to do. Like calling Voltron, each G.I.R.L. member is introduced and done so in a way that gives long time readers an update as to where things stand and enough for new readers to know who they are. And it’s just all fun and cute.

The art by Gurihiru is excellent with a style that’s sort of anime in a way. Not quite sure how to describe it but it feels like a solid continuation of the first volume in both look and coloring. There is some small gags that are missing that we saw in caption boxes in the first volume but there caption boxes here are still used for some humorous additions.

The comic is fun and it feels like not a beat was missed in its absence. The series even continues its excellent interviews at the end with real life female scientists. It’s a fantastic addition that captures the concept of the series. The Unstoppable Wasp fills a massive gap in the Marvel line up and is fantastic in its return. It’s hard to read it and not have a smile on your face by the end.

Story: Jeremy Whitley Art: Gurihiru
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Shuri #1

The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one – and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.

Shuri has always been an interesting character when it comes to Black Panther. Often in the background, she became front and center when she took over the mantle and fronted the series for some time. I remember reading those comics and enjoying them as she found her own path in the role. Then, she sacrificed herself to be rescued by her brother eventually. Now, a spiritual connection between Wakanda’s past and the present the character interestingly dove into the spiritual side of the world of Wakanda.

With the success of Black Panther at the movie screen, Shuri has a following but her on-screen brilliant technologist doesn’t quite mix with her recent depiction as more of a spiritual guide. In Shuri #1 writer Nnedi Okorafor seems to bring those two sides of the character together into a blend. It works to some extent but the character is depicted as one side of that or the other without a good blend of the two.

There’s also the shadow of her brother T’Challa who’s experiencing a change of location and adventures in his own series, Black Panther. This first issue reads more as a companion to that filling in gaps and answering questions that readers of that series might have. Whether on purpose or not, Shuri living in the shadow of her brother is discussed through this first issue and the first issue feels like it lives in the shadow of the other series.

The art by Leonardo Romero with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Joe Sabino is good. There’s some nice moments depicting the high tech feel of Wakanda and there’s more grounded moments like when Shuri’s walking through a market or a secret meeting in a field. It’s a style that I personally am not blown away by but others might. The design of Shuri is interesting in that it seems to mix her most recent more spiritual comic depictions with that of her on screen tipping the hat as to who this comic is aimed towards even more.

The first issue isn’t bad but it feels like it’s in the shadow of Shuri’s older brother T’Challa. Whether on purpose or not much like Shuri itself, it needs to come out of that shadow to stand on its own to succeed. The series as a whole’s success will rely on Okorafor’s ability to do that for the character.

Story: Nnedi Okorafor Art: Leonardo Romero
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino Cover Art: Sam Spratt
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor

Who is the War Thor? What happened to the Ultimate Thor’s hammer? The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor answers this and more in an action packed story with some emotional depth.

The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor collects issues #20-23 and Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman, Mahmud Asrar, Valerio Schiti, Matthew Wilson, Veronica Gandini, Rain Beredo, and Jordie Bellaire.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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First Impressions Featuring: Bats and Birds

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether you should  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Black Bird #1 (Image)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review:
Urban magic, some gorgeous artwork and a really interesting story about self belief and personal worth. A really good book you should be checking out.
Score: 8.7

Detective Comics #990 (DC)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
The thing with most Batman comics where he’s solo is that, regardless of what has happened Batman is such an iconic figure you can usually figure out what has happened without too much trouble. Case in point this issue. I missed a few issue in this series, and still don’t feel behind any.
Score: 8.3

Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 (DC)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
80-odd pages of DC heroes meeting horror comics. I enjoyed it. 
Score: 8

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25 (Marvel)
Can you start here?
Yes
Recap & Review: 
Ben Reilly is a reformed villain, and Kaine wants to kill him for the crimes he committed before he reformed. But Ben went through an ordeal to try and save a little girl (and now Kaine isn’t sure he wants to kill Ben), only to be tricked into letting her die because of Mephisto. Who also tricked Kaine and some others into wanting to kill Ben. And Ben’s not in a good place…
Score: 7.8

Fence #10 (Booml)
Can you start here?
Eh…
Recap & Review: 
A really cool comic about fencing, and the struggles of boys in a boarding school trying to make a fencing team. The two in the match featured here aren’t exactly friends, but nor are they rivals as one doesn’t count the other as a worthy opponent. This is arguably the weakest entry in the series so far, but it’s still a comic well worth reading.
Score: 7.5

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.

Review: Captain America: Promised Land

The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America Captain America dream about.

Captain America: Promised Land collects issues #701-704 from Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero, J.G. Jones, Adam Hughes, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Jordie Bellaire, Paul Mounts, Jesus Aburtov, Irma Knivila, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Spider-Geddon #1

REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!

Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good!

Avengers 1,000,000 B.C. Minimates Arrive at Walgreens Stores!

Walgreens stores have long been the place to find exclusive Marvel Minimates assortments based on Marvel’s various animated series and movies. Now, Walgreens is the place to find an exclusive assortment of Minimates based on Marvel Comics!

In stores now, the first comic-based assortment to be offered at Walgreens features the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C.! Each two-pack features at least one member of the prehistoric superteam, and all are exclusively at Walgreens stores. The assortment includes:

  • Phoenix with Agamotto, with alternate flame hair, flame-hands and fiery base for Phoenix and spell-casting hands for Agamotto.
  • Odin with Iron Fist, with the hammer Mjolnir for Odin and flame-hand accessories for Iron Fist.
  • Black Panther with Starbrand
  • Ghost Rider with the Fallen, with flame-hands for Ghost Rider.

Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and comes with a clear display stand for advanced posing.

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