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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

4 KIDS WALK #2 9Wednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 (Marvel Comics) – With all the controversy over the ending of issue one, how could it be anything but? Is Cap really a HYDRA agent? Or is there something much larger at play? I love anything that gets us fans talking and draws attention to our joy. So depending on how this is written it could be a good thing. I remember when Brubaker brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and now, he’s absolutely beloved. I refuse to believe this is our Steve but I am looking forward to finding out more.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 5 (DC Comics) – Well this comic and I are completely love hate. I hate that it’s always late, but I love the train wreck that unfolds in the pages. I’ve long decided that Miller’s master work is the Dark Knight Returns and he will never top it. These attempts at trying just get even more ridiculous. As a die hard Superman fan, it’s a macabre curiousity at seeing what ol’ Frank is going to do to tear down the Superman legacy even more every time he touches the character since it highlights how out of touch he is. Plus I love cranky Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly. After this Frank needs to stay the Hell away from DC Heroes. He just can’t write them, and obviously Azzarello is taking his cues from Miller. If not, it’s a bigger cluster than when Singer made Superman Returns to honor Richard Donner. I know it’s awful but it’s almost satirically bad that I can’t wait to see it even worse. Remember folks, Jersey Shore was popular for a spell there too. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the insanity.

Cryptocracy #1 (Dark Horse) – What’s this? A non DC or Marvel book on my list? That’s right true readers. This one caught my eye. Nine clandestine families that secretly control and manipulate reality? Hmmmm sounds interesting and I’m getting in on the ground floor. Seems cool enough to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything world bending here.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was a brilliant start to a crime caper about four kids walking into a bank. A charmingly intelligent comic that deserves your attention, the first issue was amazing, and if you can find it you should snap it up. I’ve been waiting for the second issue for awhile, and I am so excited for this.

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown #2 (Dark Horse) – Lobster Johnson is one of those characters that evokes the feel of the pulp heroes from the late 30’s, which is already something I’m a fan of, and then when you add in the fantastic period art work and the steampunkish element of the Metal Monsters and you have a miniseries that is right up my alley.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #12 (Dynamite Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series of the last year, hands down. Every week this comic comes out is a good week.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant Entertainment) – Pound for pound, Valiant have the best superhero universe out there, but when the premier title in the Valiant universe is coming to a close with an explosive story… I can’t wait to see where this is going. Plus, there’s a bonus print with the physical comic, so that’s also cool.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Matthew Rosenberg already knocked it out of the park with We Can Never Go Home and returns with another series for Black Mask Studios with Tyler Boss’s imaginative and playful artwork. The first issue was an amalgamation of so many awesome things (with an array of wonderful movie poster-inspired variants) and proved to be one of the most endearing reads of the year so far. This is a must buy.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Jonathan Hickman is a long form, comic book version of a mad scientist. His titles are consistently well crafted and can take their time to manifest, but when they do bloom, it is certainly worth the wait. East of West is Hickman at his best with the striking visuals of Nick Dragotta to put to life this futuristic American backdrop. Things have been really heating up as tensions continue to rise between the numerous factions.

Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Frank Quitely return to Jupiter’s Legacy! Millar has done a pretty solid job at deconstructing the superhero genre with recent titles like Huck, Jupiter’s Circle and the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy so it will be interesting to see the direction that the creative team will be taking in this sequel series. Frank Quitely’s art will surely be worth the price of admission alone.

Bloodshot Reborn #14 (Valiant Entertainment) – Jeff Lemire has continued to present a more nuanced, emotional and humanized tale of Bloodshot that proves the character is more than just a government controlled killing machine. The new arc entitled ‘Bloodshot Island’ sounds like a Doctor Moreau-esque storyline that will feature Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed line work and Valiant’s reliable colourist David Baron.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – If Black Mask Studios is releasing a new series, it is an absolute must buy. The publisher has been releasing a steady flow of confident, gritty and fun titles over the last couple of years and Jade Street Protection Services looks to aim to be among those books. Judging by the solicitations, Fabian Lelay’s illustrations with Mara Jayne Carpenter’s colours are going to provide a vibrant, manga-like pop to the words of Katy Rex.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #11 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down with the X-Men fighting in the future against Apocalypse’s horsemen.  The Apocalypse Wars have been a fun read, and I’ve been really enjoying this title exploring another possible future, with the younger students grown into X-Men.  Nothing earth shattering happening, just a fun read.

Captain Marvel #6 (Marvel) – A Civil War II tie in…and Carol is pissed!  She has clearly chosen her side in this new civil war, and the stakes are getting high.  It’s going to be interesting to see how far she’ll go to for what she believes in.

Mockingbird #4 (Marvel) – This is just a guilty indulgence for me, being a long time fan of Bobbi’s.  The missions are exciting, the humor is fun and this issue she’s off to save her ex, Hawkeye.  It’s also interesting to see her check ups and monitoring of her health after receiving the infinity formula and the super soldier serum.  I’m just waiting to see something big happen.  Fun all around.

Uncanny X-Men #9 (Marvel) – Magneto and Psylocke are trying to save Archangel from being taken over by Apocalypse; Sabretooth and M are exploring the Morlock tunnels and come across a ghost from M’s past.  Again, nothing earth shattering happening here, just a fun read with  decent action.  Psylocke and Fantomex meeting up should be good.

 

Javier

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was amazing, and I wasn’t the only one to think so.  It has a large and well-deserved mass appeal.

Jade East Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – So far Black Mask’s line of books have failed to disappoint.  There’s already a lot of buzz out there, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – Another indie title with possibilities.  It has all the apocalyptic themes I’m into.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Even more end times lore, set in a dystopian alternate timeline.

 

Brett

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – It says something when so many of us have this series as our top pick. The first issue was absolutely amazing and was a damn near perfect set-up with characters that are some of the most relatable in comics. It’s been a bit since that first issue, but that doesn’t diminish my excitement for this second issue.

Chum #3 (ComixTribe) – I’m a sucker for a good noir/crime story and this surf crime comic has been entertaining for the first two issues.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis (DC Comics) – Am I the demographic this graphic novel is aiming for? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying my advance review copy. It’s a solid debut comic that’s perfect for the audience intended, younger kids.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – I read the first issue some time ago and it’s a weird mix of X-Files and occult story. Really good and can’t wait to check out future issues.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new series from Black Mask? Yes please! All ages badassness? Yes please!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1Wednesdays 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.

Paul

Top Pick: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Wait, what??? A DC title on my list?  AND the top pick??  Yup…I am really looking forward to this Rebirth thing that’s coming up.  I didn’t get into New 52 (though I did read a few titles) but this looks like a good opportunity to dive into DC again.  I’m sure this will be something that is talked about for a long time, and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

Extraordinary X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The Apocalypse Wars are in full swing, and the X-Men are making their away across the different lands of Omega World trying to get back to their time and save their teacher in the process.  I’ve enjoyed reading this latest story arc; it’s been action filled and fun to see the younger X-Men spending their time in this world and growing into X-Men.

Mockingbird #3 (Marvel) – this has been an interesting read; Bobbi having numerous side effects from her exposure to the Super Soldier formula and the Infinity formula has lead to some weird things happening to her.  And not to mention keeping up with SHIELD and her spy duties.  All in a days work for her, and I am looking forward to see where this leads.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (DC Comics) – Ok so now you’re thinking I’ve just totally lost it.  ANOTHER DC title on my pick list…and it’s Scooby Doo?!  This looks interesting to me; sounds like a great twist on a childhood classic and the redesign of the characters does look pretty cool (though I’m still on the fence about hipster Shaggy).  But this looks like a fun ride.

 

Madison

Monstress #6 (Image Comics) – Monstress is easily and very quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Marjorie Liu has written an amazing fantasy story with great underlying themes, and Sana Takeda’s gorgeous illustration makes the characters and world feel real.

We(l)come Back #8 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m so sad that this is the final issue of the series! Sebela has taken an awesome concept (time traveling assassins) and fleshed it out into an amazing story with characters you love and root for.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – A sequel to one of the best miniseries I’ve read in a long time always interests me. When the first issue actually lives up to expectations? I’m in.

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I loved the graphic novel version of this, and having seen a sampling of the special features included in this 48 page comic when I had a chat with Troy Little, I’m super excited to get a chance to read the finished article.

Johnny Red #7 (Titan Comics) – I just love this series. The artwork, the story, the setting…  everything about this comic just works for me.

Judge Dredd #6 (IDW Publishing) – Didn’t the last issue just come out? I could probably find out, but I don’t care enough to find out. I’m just happy to read the next issue.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #5 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Such a fantastic series that’s a bit horror, a bit action, a bit superhero and all staring a teenage girl into anime. This is a mature title that is grossly overlooked and one that is flying under the radar. Every issue has knocked it out of the park and I expect no less from this.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is back as his younger self and donning the mantle of Captain America once again. It’ll be interesting to see how this comic makes itself stand out from the Sam Wilson led one, and also how Steve acts now he’s back to the way he used to be.

East of West #26 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue and that’s a shame because this apocalyptic Western is an amazing read with every issue.

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (IDW Publishing) – I read the full graphic novel, and now broken out in single issues, I’ll read it again. It perfectly captures the frenetic nature of the novel and movie that came out of it.

Nighthawk #1 (Marvel) – The Squadron Supreme character gets his own comic series. The fact David Walker is writing is is what has me really interested and how he makes the character stand on his own as opposed to a certain other big city vigilante from another publisher.

Around the Tubes

jupiterscircle-vol2-04-coverThe weekend is almost here! What will folks be doing? Anything geeky? Sound off in the comments below!

While you contemplate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Paste Magazine – Michael Keaton To Star In Film Adaptation of American Assassin Graphic Novel – Nice.

The BoomBox – Dr. Dre Is Creating Original Music for Graphic Novel ‘Loaded’ – Very interesting.

ICv2 – B&N Plans ‘Batman v Superman’ Day – Not too surprising. You’d think more would do this.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Action Comics #50

Talking Comics – The Baker Street Peculiars #1

Batman News – General Mills Batman v Superman #2

CBR – Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2 #4

Talking Comics – Mockingbird #1

Talking Comics – Shadow Glass #1

Around the Tubes

TokyoGhostVol1TP_CvrIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What did you enjoy? What did you dislike?

Sound off in the comments below!

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – ‘Suicide Squad’ Tattoo Parlor Coming to SXSW – Would you get one?

Joe Quinones’ Interweb-Log – Batman ’89 – Some cool comic history that never was.

NewsOK – How comics are helping women in India – Very cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Canary Vol. 1

CBR – Black Jack Ketchum #3 and #4

Talking Comics – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short #2

Comics Alliance – Mockingbird #1

Comic Vine – Mockingbird #1

CBR – Mockingbird #1

Talking Comics – Tokyo Ghost Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #7

Comic Vine – The Vision #5

Around the Tubes

trashedIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get? What do you really want to read? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – What’s a Hit Comic Sell These Days? Over 40K for Marvel, Over 30K for DC – Some interesting info in here.

Arkansas Online – Man demands Magic: The Gathering cards in attempted robbery, Little Rock police say – If anyone has any information, please help the police.

GamePolitics – Know your presidential candidate: Trans-Pacific Partnership edition – Some good information in there.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Trashed

Newsarama – Best Shots Advance Reviews: Mockingbird #1, Ninjak #13, More

Review: Mockingbird #1

Mockingbird_1_CoverBobbi Morse. Codename: Mockingbird. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most versatile, resourceful and in-demand agent. But a string of missions gone wrong point to something rotten going on in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own medical and recovery network. The more she digs, the more widespread the conspiracy becomes. How deep does it go? Can she find the culprit before it’s too late?

Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, gets her own series, which makes sense as she may be getting more of the spotlight in Marvel’s live action branch. The series is an interesting start in that it makes very little sense. But, it’s not supposed to as writer Chelsea Cain explains in the back. This isn’t a first issue to enjoy on its own, it’s a piece of the bigger puzzle, and there lies the problem, judging the issue on its own.

The issue picks up on Bobbi getting an infusion of the Infinity Formula from Nick Fury and the question of what else that injection might have given her.

The good of the comic is it has a fantastic sense of humor in not just the dialogue and other text that’s presented, but also visual jokes too courtesy of artist Kate Niemczyk. Each visit to the doctor brings new quick jokes that make you linger on a panel and think about the backstory as to what the hell is going on. Think of it as the scene on Beetlejuice where they’re in the waiting room surrounded by the other dead.

The story though, I’m not quite sure how I feel. It’s a slow start if anything, and not sure it’s one that has me super excited for the second issue, and I think part of that is the fact it’s Bobbi Morse at the center. She’s similar to Black Widow in her kick ass abilities and the super spy aspect and coming out a week after the amazing Black Widow #1 isn’t in this comic’s favor. I expected something more akin to that issue, but instead this feels like it has more in common with Patsy Walker and Squirrel Girl in its more lighthearted comedic tone.

As a first issue, this didn’t hook me in the way other comics have, but that doesn’t make it bad at all, it’s just a slower start. Cain admits this is just a small piece of the bigger picture, so I’m not expecting a full personal judgement until I’ve read the first arc, or at least a few more issues. If you’re willing to do that, then you might want to check this out.

Story: Chelsea Cain Art: Kate Niemczyk
Story: 6.8 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

descender11_CoverArtWednesdays 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: Voracious #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – If you had a time machine would you make a T-Rex burger? If you could read a comic about a time traveler opening a restaurant where he does just that, wouldn’t you? The first issue had the right balance of humour and a genuine ability to get you in the feels. Voracious is a series to pay attention too.

Detective Comics #50 (DC Comics) – The last two issues have been exactly what I have been looking for with Jim Gordon as Batman, and after only picking them up last week, I`m pumped to get a copy of #50, which s the first time I can say that honestly for Detective Comics since the mech-suit Batman debuted.

Haunted Mansion #1 (Marvel) – My wife is a big Disney fan, so I’m actually being a good husband and picking this up for her… however I am also really curious how the ride will be adapted into comic form, myself. Could be fun.

Howard the Duck #5 (Marvel) – There’s something hilariously ridiculous about Howard the Duck being given the Power Cosmic. That it`s actually being handled well is just mind blowing.

Ninjak #13 (Valiant) – The concluding part to what has been a terrific arc so far. Not the best place to start, but I can’t wait for Operation: Deadside’s finale.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Mockingbird #1 (Marvel) – I have to admit, I love Bobbi Morse.  When it was revealed she was taken by Skrulls and held hostage for years in Secret Invasion, I was thrilled to see her back.  It was a great return; her seeing her ex husband Hawkeye again (and teaming up in their own book, that sadly didn’t last), having her back with the Avengers, then Secret Avengers; then giving her a twist by getting the Infinity formula from Nick Fury when she needed blood to survive an attack.  But, as usually happens, liberties were taken with the character (false memories, lost memories, thinking she WAS the woman who was her cover) and Bobbi faded back into the shadows.  WELL now she’s back, and I am excited.  I’m guessing this will be based more off the Bobbi from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, but I’m hoping I’m wrong.  Not that I don’t like her tv counterpart…but I’m hoping for an exciting new take on a character I’ve liked for so long.

The Mighty Thor #5 (Marvel) – Thor vs. Odin!  Take a seat kiddies…this is going to be fun.

Uncanny Avengers #7 (Marvel) – I am only looking forward to this because it is a tie-in to Standoff, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the Avengers get involved in this.

The Vision #5 (Marvel) – If you are not reading this book yet, what the heck are you waiting for?  One of THE best of the new Marvel titles and I can’t wait to see the consequences when the secrets hiding in this book come to light.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Descender #11 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite comics on the market right now. The sci-fi story is solid and the art is absolutely beautiful. Every issue has delivered and then some.

The Bunker #15 (Oni Press) – Its felt like a while since the last issue, but every issue is fantastic. The series blends the future and present as we see individuals scramble to prevent (or is it make sure) a devastating future happens.

Legend of Wonder Woman #3 (DC Comics) – This is the Wonder Woman series we’ve been waiting for. Each issue has been fantastic so far.

Mockingbird #1 (Marvel) – In recent times Marvel has had mixed success when it comes to Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird. Her use at times has been great, and at other points so-so. With a higher profile on television it’ll be interesting to see what this series it like.

Voracious #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The first issue of this series caught me off guard and what I found was an entertaining series that has some fun with the whole celebrity chef/interesting eating phase that’s going on. I’ve been looking forward to seeing what the second issue would be like.

Bobbi Morse Goes Solo in Your First Look at Mockingbird #1!

Spinning out of the smash-hit sold out SHIELD 50th Anniversary Special comes her very first ongoing series! Marvel has released a first look inside Mockingbird #1 – from New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain and Marvel newcomer Kate Niemczyk!

Bobbi Morse. Codename: Mockingbird. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most versatile, resourceful and in-demand agent. But a string of missions gone wrong point to something rotten going on in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own medical and recovery network. The more she digs, the more widespread the conspiracy becomes. How deep does it go? Can she find the culprit before it’s too late?

MOCKINGBIRD #1 (JAN160756)
Written by CHELSEA CAIN
Art by KATE NIEMCZYK
Cover by JOELLE JONES
Variant Cover by AFU CHAN (JAN160757)
Hip-Hop Variant by JEFF DEKAL (JAN160759)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN160760)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN160761)
Women of Power Variant by KIRBI FAGAN (JAN160758)
FOC – 02/08/16, On-Sale – 03/02/16

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Bobbi Morse Flies Solo This March in Mockingbird #1!

Because you demanded it! That’s right, spinning out of her smash-hit, sold out S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Special comes her very first ongoing series! Marvel has announced Mockingbird #1 – the new series from Chelsea Cain and Marvel newcomer Kate Niemczyk!

Bobbi Morse. Codename: Mockingbird. Former Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most versatile, deadly, and in-demand agent. But a string of missions gone wrong point to something strange going on inside S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own medical and recovery network. The more she digs, the more widespread the conspiracy becomes. Who’s behind it, and how deep does it go? More importantly – how far will Bobbi have to go in order to uncover the truth?

In an interview with Marvel.com Cain said:

Truly, the plot of the first five issues is rooted very much in Bobbi’s medial history. [Nick] Fury saved her life with a dose of Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula and I wanted to explore the fallout from that.

Action, espionage, twists and turns await, True Believer. Be there as Bobbi Morse brings the truth to light!

MOCKINGBIRD #1
Written by CHELSEA CAIN
Art by KATE NIEMCZYK
Cover by JOELLE JONES
Coming March 2016!

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Marvel Announces Silver Surfer, Moon Knight, The Infinity Entity, Mockingbird, and X-Men ’92

At the Diamond Summit taking place before this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, Marvel announced a bunch of new series coming out in 2016 as part of their All-New, All-Different reboot/relaunch (and blowing that past the promised 55-60 new comics we were told would be a part of it).

Dan Slott, Laura Allred, and Mike Allred will return on Silver Surfer in 2016. Marvel said they would release more details tomorrow.

Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood will be taking over creative duties for Moon Knight, which will return in 2016.

Jim Starlin and Alan Davis will be returning to their Infinity epic with The Infinity Entity. The four issue miniseries will focus on Adam Warlock. The third part of their epic begins in April 2016.

Chelsea Cain will be writing Mockingbird in a new ongoing series. An artist has not been announced. The character has been a part of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her on again/off again spin-off series is back on again last I heard. So, another character from the live action universe getting a comic tie-in.

Spinning out of Secret Wars: Battleworld, artist Alti Firmansyah will team up with Chris Sims and Chad Bowers for an X-Men ’92 series. The series sees the team return to their world to open a new Xavier School with Cassandra Nova’s students enrolling too. The comic launches spring 2016.

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