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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!

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.

Alex

Top Pick: Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 (Valiant) – You’re not surprised to see this here, are you? You shouldn’t be. It’s a comic featuring one of my favourite characters by my favourite publisher.

All-Star Batman #10 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder on Batman. That’s exactly why I’m pumped about this.

Old Man Logan #23 (Marvel) – I am LOVING this arc. Jeff Lemire is taking Logan back through so key, and not-so-key moments in his life. It’s a fascinating story that I wish was longer than the four issues it’s billed for.

Redline #3 (Oni Press) – So here’s the deal. This comic is EVERYTHING that I usually avoid in fiction… and yet I’m loving every bloody page of this series. Go figure, eh?

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad #17 (DC Comics) – Amanda has recruited Zod to help take down the Peoples version of the Suicide Squad. Grab popcorn and watch the battle begin!

Top Pick: America #3 (Marvel) – America joins the X-Men , which is either about to be hella awesome or short lived.

Black Panther and the Crew #2 (Marvel) – Misty Knight looking into a police cover up, issue #2 is calling out some social justice issues and, I’m here for it.

Kingpin #4 (Marvel) – The humanizing of Kingpin continues.

Rocket #1 (Marvel) – Wise cracks and space crimes abound. Who wouldn’t want to get in on the ground floor of this?

 

Brett

Top Pick: Medisin #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This has been one that’s been on my radar for a while. The story is about a criminal mastermind who recruits a team of down on their luck physicians to handle health care for super villains. The concept sounds amazing and can’t wait to dive in and read this.

Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1 (DC’s Young Animal) – A new series from DC’s Young Animal imprint. I don’t know much about the character other than it’s a Jack Kirby creation or what to expect but the fact it’s Lee Allred and Michael Allred has me intrigued enough to check it out.

Honor Girl (Candlewick Press) – This is one I know nothing about but saw it in the list of releases and decided to take a look at the description. A graphic memoir by Maggie Trash that focuses on one’s first love and fist heartbreak.

Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Fun, I don’t really need to say much more than that.

Solar Flare #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue built the tension perfectly and it looks like we’re about to see the disaster break out. Really looking forward to this summer blockbuster in comic book form.

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been killing it when it comes to their Star Wars comics. A new “event” and crossover is something I actually look forward to as they’ve shown so far, they can pull it off and do it well.

Preview: Medisin #1

MEDISIN #1

Writer(s): Jeff Dyer and Mark McKeon
Artist Name(s): David Brame (Pencils), Joaquin Pereyra (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): David Brame (Covers A, B and C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

“First Do No Harm” Chapter 1

Health care for super villains! Criminal mastermind Malady has recruited a team of down on their luck physicians to provide medical aid for the world’s worst bad guys. Led by the brilliant Ethan Sharp, the blackmailed doctors struggle to uphold their own ethical codes (or lack thereof) in violent and confusing battlefields. And when one doctor goes rogue, the rest learn a terrifying lesson from Malady.

Action Lab Delivers Even More New Series in 2017

If the first three months were any indication, 2017 looks to be a breakthrough year for Action Lab Entertainment. Fresh on the the heels of their largest release ever with DollFace #1, Action Lab has announced its next wave of creator-owned series. Upcoming titles include Spencer & Locke, Medisin, Kid Sherlock and two Hero Cats series, Hero Cats of Skyworld and Midnight Vol. 2.

Find out what happens if Calvin & Hobbes grew up in Sin City with Action Lab: Danger Zone’s Spencer & Locke in April.

Written by David Pepose and illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr., Spencer & Locke follows Detective Locke, who returns to the scene of his horrific upbringing when his grade-school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins, is found dead in a lonesome back alley. But when Locke’s investigation dredges up menacing figures from his traumatic past, there’s only one person he can trust to help him close the case — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer.

Fans of Ed Brubaker’s Criminal, Nick Spencer’s Thief of Thieves, and the work of Bill Watterson will love Spencer & Locke.

In May, Action Lab welcomes Medisin, a six issue mini series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone about healthcare for super villains.

Health care for super villains. What a concept. Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

Fans of the Suicide Squad and Breaking Bad will love Medisin!

May also marks the continuation of the all-ages series Hero Cats with Hero Cats of Skyworld and Midnight Vol. 2.

What if the Breakfast Club took place in a Dungeons & Dragons world? Now imagine that the jock, the criminal, the princess, the brain, and the basket case are all cats. Get ready for the wildest stories ever told in – “The Hero Cats of Skyworld”!

Midnight is a black cat wielding the claws of justice. He has to find a way to save the world! Take James Bond and Batman, mix it with some beautiful Frank Miller inspired art, and throw in a prison break. What do you get? An instant hit for cat loving fans everywhere!

June marks the beginning of the all-ages comedy mystery series Kid Sherlock.

John Watson is nervous being the only dog at his new school, Baker Elementary. But when he takes an interest in fellow student, Sherlock Holmes, the two become unlikely, and sometimes contentious, friends. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment, and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson tries to help Sherlock make friends with his fellow students and Sherlock tries to help Watson become a better detective.

In addition to these upcoming titles, Action Lab will continue to publish their all-ages series such as comic legend Peter David’s Artful, the sci-fi series Blue Hour and ZAG Entertainment’s Miraculous. Action Lab’s mature imprint, Danger Zone, will continue its various series, including AmeriKarate, DollFace, The Circle, Tomboy, Vampblade and Zombie Tramp.

Medisin: Health Care for Super Villians

Health care. It’s a concern on everyone’s minds. But when the dust settles after epic, world shattering battles, who cares for the super villains? Enter the twisted world of Medisin.

Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

Medisin is a six issue mini-series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone. The story arc is titled “First Do No Harm” and is written by Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon, drawn by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Peyeryra and lettered by Adam Wollet.

The first issue of Medisin debuts in May 2017!

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