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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

MEGA #1

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Apache Delivery Service #1 (Dark Horse) – Two haunted men are on a hunt in the jungles of Vietnam, searching for clues to a missing treasure trove of gold. A new comic from Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins? Yeah, we’re in.

Cross to Bear #3 (AfterShock) – The series has turned out to be so much more than a secret org chasing Jack the Ripper across America.

DC vs. Vampires #3 (DC Comics) – The first two issues have been fantastic at the setup of vampires infiltrating the DCU and we’re hoping this one delivers a lot more action as they strike.

Death of Doctor Strange #4 (Marvel) – Who will be the new Sorcerer Supreme? We already know the answer but we want the details!

Deathstroke Inc. #4 (DC Comics) – The comic has been silly fun so far with over-the-top action.

Devil’s Reign #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic as the Kingpin’s plans for Marvel’s heroes comes together.

The Human Target #3 (DC Comics) – The series has Christopher Chance attempting to figure out who poisoned him and his been so good hitting the noir vibe.

Mazebook #5 (Dark Horse) – A father attempts to bring home his lost daughter. It’s been a haunting series by Jeff Lemire and we want to see how it wraps up.

Mega #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A gigantic creature has been awaken from its eternal sleep in Antarctica and only another sleeping giant can stop it.

Night of Cadillacs #2 (Scout Comics) – Our heroes Stiv and Hope flee supernatural gangs commanded by the sinister godfather Papa Duke.

Power Rangers Universe #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What is the true origin of the Phantom Ranger? And what is his connection to the Morphin Grid?

Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Stray Dogs was amazing so to get any more makes us happy. It being so good? Yeah, we’re beyond excited to get as much as we can.

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 (DC Comics) – The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Doug Mahnke? Yeah, this is one to check out.

Task Force Z #3 (DC Comics) – Red Hood leads his own Suicide Squad of zombified villains. The concept is crazy and works so well.

Timeless #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s 2022 begins here!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Venom #1

Wednesdays (and now 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 #78 (Marvel) – “Beyond” has been a fantastic new storyline that has put Ben Reilly front and center and taken the series in an interesting direction.

Eternals #7 (Marvel) – Thanos is now in charge of the Eternals in this jumping-on point.

Ginseng Roots #9 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson returns after a break to further dive into his childhood and growing up in the world of ginseng.

Mazebook #3 (Dark Horse) – This series follows a father who lost his daughter but is convinced she’s still out there, at the end of the maze in front of him.

My Date With Monsters #1 (AfterShock) – Dreams are now stalking the real world and Risa Harumi finds herself fighting monsters and finding true love.

Phenomx #1 (Image Comics) – A new comic series from John Leguizamo, we’re intrigued where this former prisoner who undergoes an experiment story goes.

The Recount (Scout Comics) – A controversial election. A nation split. An armed uprising. The series is collected and hits a bit too close to home.

Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’re always up for a solid conspiracy.

Robin & Batman #1 (DC Comics) – The early years of Batman and Robin from the perspective of Dick Grayson. It’s amazing.

The Thing #1 (Marvel) – We’re a sucker for stories staring The Thing.

Undiscovered Country #17 (Image Comics) – This series has kept us on our toes with every issue and we seriously have no idea where it’s going with each issue.

Venom #1 (Marvel) – Coming off an epic run, a new creative team is no onboard the series and we want to see what else can be done with this character who has become a pretty big player in the Marvel Universe.

What’s the Furthest Place From Here #1 (Image Comics) – This one is fantastic and the less we say, the better. Go out and get it, but hurry as we’re expecting it to sell out quickly.

Review: Mazebook #2

Mazebook #2

Mazebook‘s debut was an emotional ride of sadness and loss as a father continues to mourn the loss of his daughter a decade later. For anyone that has lost someone close to them, it’s a relatable read that is hard to not get emotional about in some way. Mazebook #2 continues that emotional journey as Will is convinced his daughter is speaking to him from beyond and urging him to come find her.

Melancholy is the best word to describe Jeff Lemire‘s series. But, it’s a sadness that has a beauty about it as well. Will is convinced his daughter is out there calling him so in the issue seeks out his ex-wife who still has some of the belongings of their child. It’s a meeting full of tension as Elena clearly has understandable issues with Will. It’s also a clear contrast between the two. While Will lingers in the past, Elena has moved on remarrying and having another child.

There’s a lot to ponder between these two characters. Will may be having a breakdown and imagining things. We’re witnessing the end of a slow slide over the past decade. Elena on the other hand has moved on creating a new life for herself. She is still hurting but has focused on a healthier way of handling things.

We’re left with the question as to what’s happening with Will? Is he really experiencing things or is it all in his imagination? Is this his way of grieving the loss of his daughter? It’s all an interesting read as we’re left guessing exactly what’s going on. Does the maze need to be solved and at the end is Will’s acceptance? There’s a lot of ways things can go.

What is an absolute is Jeff Lemire’s fantastic art. With Steve Wands on lettering, Lemire brings his unique style that mixes ink and watercolor like visuals for an almost dreamlike experience at time. The visuals are hauntingly beautiful full of sadness. The weariness of Will and the anger and sadness of Elena are present in every panel. These are characters who wear their emotional tolls on their face and Lemire makes sure that we are aware of every little detail.

Mazebook #2 is an interesting read. Where you are in your life might impact in how you approach the series. As a relatively new father, I read the series and think of it as my worst nightmare. Those who might have lost a child or those with no children are sure to experience it in another way. No matter how you approach it, it’s hard to deny Jeff Lemire is showing why he’s considered one of the current greats.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jeff Lemire Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Mazebook #2

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Batman: The Imposter #1 (DC Comics) – It’s early on in Batman’s career and there’s a second Batman on the rooftops and this one has no problem with murdering criminals.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – We still can’t believe this is finally out and we have a review copy. It feels like forever.

Deadbox #2 (Vault Comics) – Mark Russell is a brilliant satirist and this series is no exception.

I Am Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Jace Fox has been an interesting new Batman and write John Ridley has focused on delivering motivation and depth to the character along with a style of crime fighting that makes the character stand out.

Kang the Conqueror #3 (Marvel) – This is your life Kang! The series has been putting together the rather complicated history of Kang and giving us some interesting new insight into the character.

Mazebook #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – A heavy read focused on a father who has lost his daughter. The first issue was a punch to the gut and we’re expecting much of the same.

No One Left to Fight II #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kung-fu over-the-top action.

Science Comics: Whales (First Second) – Always fun. Always education. Great for parents and kids alike!

Star Trek: Mirror War #1 (IDW Publishing) – We’re always up for a trip into Star Trek’s Mirror Universe.

Telepaths #2 (AWA Studios) – The first issue was a nice setup of a world where a large portion gains telepathic powers. What that means for the world seems to be the exploration of the series and we’re intrigued by the concept.

Around the Tubes

Mazebook #1

It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming at you! We’re kicking things off with some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Planet Princeton – Princeton neighborhoods blanketed with anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, homophobic ‘Chick Tract’ comic books – Not acceptable.

Screen Rant – How The Empty Man Evolved From Box Office Flop To Cult Favorite – It’s an interesting film.

Sequart – Yearning for Wakanda: The Complex Relationship Between Black America, Black Africa, and the Black Panther – An interesting read. Thoughts?

Reviews

Geek Dad – Artie and the Wolf Moon
AIPT – Eternals: Thanos Rises #1
Flickering Myth – Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity
CBR – Mazebook #1
AIPT – Rorschach #12
That Hashtag Show – Snowpiercer Prequesl Vol. 2 Apocalypse

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What did you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. Check out some comic news and a bunch of reviews from around the web to start your day.

Book Riot – 16 Of The Best Romance Manhwa For Every Romance Reader – Any you’d add to the list?

Reviews

CBR – Conan the Barbarian #25
CBR – Hunt for Solavore #1
AIPT – Maw #1
CBR – Mazebook #1
Collected Editions – Secret Six Vol. 2: The Gauntlet

Maw #1

Review: Mazebook #1

Mazebook #1

Haunting. That’s the best word to use to describe Jeff Lemire‘s Mazebook #1. It’s a sad, slightly depressing story that tugs and heart strings. William Warren has suffered the unthinkable, the loss of a child. Ten years gone and only with her 11 years, the story is a gut punch for anyone who has lost someone close to them too soon. As a parent, it’s my nightmare.

Mazebook #1 is depressing. Very depressing. And it’ll be a struggle for some to get through. But, it’s also hauntingly beautiful. Lemire takes us through the life of a man adrift. After the loss of his child, he goes through his daily routine. And routine is the key word. The days are the same with only some small details changed. And it’s those details that are important. Warren is losing them as he struggles to remember his daughter’s face and more and more about her. What he remembers is a ratty sweater she’d wear. And it’s strange, small details like that throughout the comic that are both sad and beautiful.

Warren spends his days in his routine with attempts from others to break him from it. He’s so focused on the past and trying to hold on to his memories that he’s ignoring the present and the new memories he can make. This is a man lost in his sadness and the emptiness that exists. It’s understandable and something so many can relate to.

Lemire’s art adds to the atmosphere of the comic with small hints and teases of what’s to come. A string from the sweater turns into a line that leads to something else. It’s Warren’s world blending together as he attempts to keep ahold of the past. Steve Wands‘ lettering adds to the melancholy of the story. There’s just the right size and placement to emphasize Warren’s state and a few emphasized moments to break him, and us, out of it.

Nearly everything Jeff Lemire releases is gold. Mazebook #1 is another amazing debut from the creator that’s sure to create buzz and wrack up award nominations. It’s sad. It’s beautiful. And, it’ll hit so many readers in the gut and take them on an emotional ride. This isn’t a “feel good” comic to read but it’s an amazing start to an adventure to come.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jeff Lemire Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Artie and the Wolf Man

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Artie and the Wolf Moon (Graphic Universe) – Artie sneaks out at night to discover their mother is a werewolf!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as a powered up Red Skull strips the world’s heroes of their powers.

Bad Sister (First Second Books) – A middle grade graphic memoir following a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Batman #112 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” kicks off as the Scarecrow’s plan for Gotham unfolds.

Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them.

Deadbox #1 (Vault Comics) We have an early review and praise this debut.

Glamorella’s Daughter #2 (Literati Press) – The debut issue was fantastic introducing us to a new hero and her daughter who’d rather read books than punch bad guys.

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (Marvel) – Ka-Zar is back! We always want to see what’s done with this character that never quite catches on.

Last Flight Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Humanity has chosen to evacuate Earth as a father attempts to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.

Mazebook #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Jeff Lemire. Nuff said.

The Nice House on the Lake #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This series has been amazing with a great mix of horror, mystery, and a focus on the characters. This one delivers some twists that have a major impact.

Nine Stones #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Disturbing dreams shake Alistair “Allie” Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better.

Not All Robots #2 (AWA Studios) – In the year of 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. Mark Russell and Mike Deodato deliver more brilliant commentary.

Savage Circus #6 (Heavy Metal Entertainment) – Strange creators on the loose and a group of thieves. The series has been a lot of fund mashing up genres.

Search for Hu #1 (AfterShock) – A son must protect his parents who a feud breaks out between the two sides of his family.

Snelson #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was interesting looking at “cancel culture”. It didn’t quite deliver the commentary we hoped for but it was enough that we want to see what the second issue has to say.

Star Trek: Mirror War #0 (IDW Publishing) – Star Trek and the Mirror Universe are two things together that always have us interested.

Whistle: A New Gotham Hero (DC Comics) – When Willow discovers that her “uncle” Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Will you go see Shang-Chi? Sound off in the comments below. While you think on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: You’ve been warned – BEWARE OF TODDLER! – Free comics!

Kotaku – It Took 400 Hours To Draw This Attack on Titan Flipbook – Wow.

Reviews

ICv2 – E.X.O.: The Legend of Wale Williams Vol. 1
Talking Comics – Killadelphia #16
The Beat – Mazebook #1

Mazebook #1

Jeff Lemire’s Mazebook Heads to Dark Horse

From Jeff Lemire, the creator of Sweet Tooth and New York Times bestselling and Eisner award-winning Black Hammer comes Mazebook, an ambitious and haunting comic series about family, grief, and loss.      

A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming to be her, trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that his child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality, and embarks on an intense and melancholic adventure to bring his daughter back home.

Mazebook #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on September 8, 2021.

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