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Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 6/13

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Joe Hesh

Batman #92 (DC) Here it is! The long awaited return of main stream comics. Finally! This one does not disappoint. We open with a game of mental chess between Batman and yep you guessed it, The Riddler. Oh and did I mention Bats is in a deadly duel with Deathstroke? Couldn’t make the game too easy. So we have Batman playing crossword with Riddler using they entire Gotham City as a grid. Up and down and all that. Very cool as Batman seems to solve each clue with ease and unravel the Riddler more and more. Meanwhile Selena and Harley are trying to access an underground stronghold that doubles as a bank. The problem? The teller at the window is the Joker’s new partner: Punchline. Naturally Harley doesn’t take too kindly and they square off gal to gal. The rest of the issue is these two plot threads woven together and it makes for a pretty damn good entertaining time. However it’s the last page that will really change this course going forward and its a killer. I don’t know if I liked this so much more because we been new comic starved for months or it really was that good, but I can’t wait until next issue. The art by Gullam March was a bit off, but the story by James Tynion IV was right on. I cannot wait to see where this goes and you should pick it up. Score: 9 Recommendation: Buy


New Mutants #10 (Marvel)**- Ed Brisson and Flaviano’s New Mutants #10 is a really tale of two comics. On one hand, it’s a pretty straightforward team book with a team of mutants rescuing a young mutant from the fictional country of Carnelia, who isn’t really happy they’re interfering. On the other hand, Flaviano and colorist Carlos Lopez trip balls with their art as Armor uses her abilities to shield a small team from the nightmares surrounding them while Dani Moonstar keeps them on a telempathetic rope. It takes a while for this plan to formulate although Brisson throws in some interesting worldbuilding flashes like a creepy network of doxxers for mutants and Glob Herman being into the culinary arts. This comic definitely has a very middle chapter vibe and Brisson struggles to flesh out a larger cast of characters compared to Jonathan Hickman in a previous arc. Overall: 7.3 Verdict: Read

Excalibur #10 (Marvel)**– Tini Howard and Marcus To unleash Jamie Braddock in Excalibur #10 as he constantly uses his omega mutant abilities to warp reality and keep Excalibur on their toes. The sense of unreality is most evident in his use of nostalgia like when former Excalibur members show up to evacuate the team back to Krakoa even though we know that they are elsewhere/dead. To’s art is big and bold and matches the crazy plot developments that happen in the last third of the issue. The stakes are raised, reality is fucked, and costume changes are a thing while Howard continues to write these characters with spunk, personality, and flaws. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Explore the New Era of X-Men with the Dawn of X Digital Sale – 67% Off Every Issue

Last year, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman transformed the world of mutants in the critically acclaimed series, House of  X and Powers of X. These two series ushered in an exciting new era for the X-Men known as the Dawn of X, launching six brand new titles. Now is your chance to catch up on all those titles and more with the Jonathan Hickman’s Dawn of X SaleHouse of XPowers of X, and every single X-Men issue that’s followed is up to 67% off now through April 12th 11PM ET on Marvel’s Digital Comics Shop!

Credited as the “Head of X,” Jonathan Hickman leads fellow writers into the bold new future of the X-Men as the new mutant nation of Krakoa is formed. Each series plays a role in forming a tightly woven overarching narrative unlike anything that’s come before. Hickman’s X-Men combines large-scale adventures with dense world building where any of your favorite mutants can show up. Gerry Duggan’s Marauders takes the X-Men to the high seas where Kate Pryde leads a team with the important mission of rescuing mutants from unfriendly territories. Discover the secrets of mutant magic with former X-Men villain Apocalypse and the new Captain Britain in Tini Howard’s Excalibur. Or see mutantkind’s new black ops squad form to handle Krakoa’s enemies in Benjamin Percy’s X-Force. And check out the unpredictable exploits of the mutantkind’s next generation in Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson’s New Mutants.

And that’s not all! Two of Marvel’s most popular mutants get newly launched solo series in Wolverine and Cable. Plus, meet the craziest team of misfit mutants ever assembled in the debut issue of Zeb Wells’ Hellions or see the X-Men go up against Marvel’s premiere super hero team over the fate of Franklin Richards in X-Men/Fantastic Four by Chip Zdarsky. Be sure to also check out Jonathan Hickman teaming up with the industry’s best artists like Russell Dauterman and Alan Davis for epic one-shots in Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost and Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler.

Dawn of X Sale

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Super-Articulate: Marvel Riders and Finally . . . Dani Moonstar

We’ve got some big entries to tackle this time, readers. The latest Marvel Legends Riders, Squirrel Girl, and Cosmic Ghost Rider, have hit, and I finally got the third Dani Moonstar I needed to complete that trio of New Mutants. We’ll lead off with that . . .

Marvel Legends Dani Moonstar (Walgreens Exclusive): This figure was both a glorious offering and a pain in the ass. I love the idea of offering extra accessories to convert a figure into another character. However, between six Walgreens in my area (in and around Indianapolis), I saw exactly zero over several months. Over time, I did manage to get three on eBay for not-terrible prices. I tried to order on Walgreens.com more than once, only to have the orders fail for various reasons. However, a few days back, I managed to get ahold of the third so that I could put together Dani, Karma, and Wolfsbane.

Dani Moonstar: As the base figure, Dani Moonstar has been a long time coming. One was originally supposed to appear in a wave as far back as 2013. On the upside, it’s finally here, and it looks good. The basic costume and look of the characters comes from New Mutants vol. 2 #1 from 2009. In the case of Dani, the bow and double-ponytail is directly from the wraparound cover. I’m satisfied with the sculpting overall and the team did a nice job on the bow and arrow, distinguishing them from other, similar accessories in the line.

Karma: Similarly, Karma’s look is taken right from the same cover. I like the head-sculpt and the eye effect; the hands are similar to other sculpts that have been emblematic of psychic or magic powers (see Emma Frost, for example). I’m wouldn’t be surprised to see a variant Karma with the cybernetic leg turn up sometime in the future, but I think I prefer this version.

Wolfsbane: Not bad overall, but it lacks a certain flair. The head and clawed hand sculpts are good, but I wish that we had a “human” Rahne head. I would definitely like there to be a Stroman-esque X-Factor Woflsbane in the future to go with Havok, Polaris, Madrox, and the forthcoming Strong Guy BAF. But as far as representing the character for the New Mutants, it’s adequate.

Really, the best part of the Dani Moonstar figure is seeing all three versions together. We have literally never had all three characters in figure form, and it’s great to see. It makes me want to see a similar figure for the boys with heads/hands for Cypher, Sunspot, and Cannonball. Just maybe make them easier to get.

Moving on . . .

Squirrel Girl: This is pretty delightful. A great sculpt (that tale is hilariously huge) and a sense of fun are all over this set. Sure, the scooter is basically the same as the Deadpool version, but it does have the basket. The three squirrels are appropriately cute. Do I wish that they would have done the character as a regularly priced figure with the 3 squirrels still packed in? Sure. But I understand that occasionally certain things are done due to the realities of getting things on the market.

Now, I realize that there are some people out there that don’t like, even hate, Squirrel Girl. Frankly, don’t care. If you don’t like it, don’t buy. This is a great rendition of a character co-created by the immortal Steve Ditko that appeals to a lot fans. They like it, and so do I.

Cosmic Ghost Rider: I’m not going to beat around the bush here. This is AWESOME. I love everything about this set. The cycle is an incredible design. The figure looks great independent of the bike, and the faux metallic finish is nice. There’s an insane of amount of new tooling on this thing; I can’t peg anything from the bike that’s been used before. The giant energy ball “front tire” is great. This is one of those rare occasions that I’m going to write less and let the pictures speak for me.

Personal Note: We all know what’s up out there. Figure reviews might be few and far between for a bit. Everyone stay in and stay safe. The column is no fun without you.

Review: New Mutants Vol. 1

Dawn of X has arrived and the original New Mutants, with some new members, head to space to bring back Cannonball!

Story: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Rod Reis
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Get your copy in comic shops now and in bookstores on March 31! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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The Flash #750

The weekend is almost here! Will you all be venturing out to see Bloodshot? Sound off in the comments below! While we go into our bubble, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

ICv2 – Ablaze Launches Manga Line with ‘Cagaster’ – Intriguing.

Newsarama – New Mutants Postponed Again, Alongside Mulan, Antlers Due to Coronavirus Concerns – How long until New Mutants goes straight to digital?

Kotaku – AT&T Is Suspending Bullshit Data Caps – Good.

Kotaku – Coronavirus COVID-19 Is A Pandemic, But Comic Market Still Seems Scheduled For May – Interesting.


AIPT – Decorum #1
Geek Dad – The Flash #750
AIPT – Stealth #1

Review: New Mutants #9

New Mutants #9

With all the space stuff going on over in X-Men #8, Ed Brisson, Flaviano, and Carlos Lopez reunite the team in New Mutants #9 and send them on a more traditional mission that ends up evoking Bill Sienkiewicz’s work on the title back in the 1980s. Even with a larger cast of characters, Brisson and Flaviano handle the team nicely and give each of the New Mutants’ team members at least a couple of spotlight panels from Magik defending the team’s actions in Nebraska to basically her boss Cyclops to Mondo using his “unusual” powers to help Cypher interface with Krakoa and track a mutant named Tashi, who has some kind of reality warping/alternate universe creating abilities.

New Mutants #9 definitely seems to be an intriguing marriage of two key New Mutants storylines by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, namely, the “Demon Bear Saga” and “Legion”, which form the basis for the upcoming New Mutants film and the now-concluded Legion television show. Basically, Brisson and Flaviano combine the horror elements of the former with the reality warping of the latter for an interesting antagonist that happens to be a teenage girl that lives in the fictional country of Carnelia where mutants are despised and diplomatic relations with Krakoa aren’t a thing. Think Chechnya and LGBTQ rights although Brisson doesn’t delve into the politics beyond the Carnelians not caring if the New Mutants walk into a literal nightmare and giving them no backup or support.

Speaking of Carnelia, the tense interactions between the Carnelian military and the New Mutants is spiced up by Boom Boom knowing broken record thanks to her days as a thief. Coming off the Nebraska arc, Brisson seems to still be enjoying writing Boom Boom and her impetuous attitude as she drags the space-lagged New Mutants into yet another mission. The all action, sometimes drinking definitely betrays a void inside that hopefully he and Flaviano will explore in the future.

Flaviano jumping back on New Mutants gives the comic a real visual pizzazz, especially any time Tashi shows up. The first three pages are quite chilling with minimal dialogue/captions from Brisson and full page splash of how she has changed the landscape with an otherworldly palette from Carlos Lopez. Then, there’s a data and title page, and we’re back to Krakoa with a sunny color palette and more open compositions.

However, Flaviano doesn’t skimp on these important connective scenes choosing poses and facial expressions that are unique the characters like Boom Boom standing with her arms crossed away from the rest of the team to show her independence, and Chamber being frozen and unable to talk to his crush. Also, the aforementioned conversation between Cyclops and Magik is a study in power poses with some interesting backgrounds too that let the theme of precarious utopias and moral ambiguity sink without exposition-heavy dialogue. Cyclops is a supervisor talking to an unruly, yet talented employee; he shouldn’t have to explain everything to the readers.

As well as the tension within the team and the whole potentially causing yet another diplomatic incident after Nebraska, New Mutants #9 has cool and tense action scenes that make creative use of its characters’ powers. Karma and her mental possession abilities were created for sequences like these, and Flaviano and Carlos Lopez go full gonzo when she basically mind-melds with Tashi and is sucked into an alternative universe. And, of course, the sheer firepower of Magma and Chamber don’t work on a mutant with such complex abilities.

Brisson and Flaviano wrap up the story with some special guest stars, and I’m excited to see what these characters from later New Mutants era add to the storyline, especially they’re very much not in the hero camp. Their appearance (And check-in’s with members of Morlocks in Marauders and Cable) shows that Dawn of X is settling in comfortably and starting to show what other groups of mutants think about Krakoa and the roles they play in the new society.

Ed Brisson, Flaviano, and Carlos Lopez spin a typical team rescues a mutant whose powers are out of control from a society that hate and fears her story in New Mutants #9. But Flaviano and Lopez’s art is so breathtaking, and Brisson creates almost effortless chemistry/dysfunction between his large ensemble cast that I didn’t even notice that this is an X-story that has been told dozens of times before. Also, the ending creates even more opportunities for moral complexity and conflict between different mutant factions even though Krakoa is a “paradise”.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Flaviano
Colors: Carlos Lopez Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: New Mutants #9

New Mutants #9

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Flaviano (CA) Michael Del Mundo
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99


With Krakoan confidence, the youth of mutantkind are ready to take on any challenge the world has to throw at them – but when reality itself betrays them, what hope is there for the NEW MUTANTS?

New Mutants #9

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Suicide Squad #3

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you! While we get things ready, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Ending His Lengthy Run Writing Black Panther – Not surprising and he’s had a solid run.

WVEC – Norfolk man launches original comic book series to tackle bullying – Nice to see this.

Newsarama – Y: The Last Man Finds New TV Lead – Is this it? We’ll believe the show will happen when we tune in at this point.


Monkeys Fighting Robots – Books of Magic #17
AIPT – New Mutants #8
But Why Tho Podcast – The Plot Part 1
The Beat – Sports is Hell
Laughing Place – Star Wars #3
Comic Attack – Suicide Squad #3

X of Swords, the Next X-Men Event Announced at C2E2

Mutant MassacreAge of ApocalypseMessiah Complex. Some of the most iconic X-Men stories ever told have been realized as large-scale crossovers. This longstanding tradition continues this summer with X of Swords.

Just announced to an enthusiastic crowd of X-Men fans at the X-Men Panel at C2E2, X of Swords will be a 15-part crossover tying into your favorite X-Titles and led by Head of X Jonathan Hickman. In this sprawling saga, the new mutant nation of Krakoa faces their biggest challenge yet. Threatened by powerful forces from the unknown, ten mutants will rise up to defend their home. Arming themselves with legendary blades, both new and familiar ones from Marvel history, mutantkind will finally meet its mystical destiny. Impacting the entire X-Men franchise and setting the stage for the future of mutantkind, X of Swords will be a modern X-Men epic that both longtime and new X-Men fans dare not miss.

Last year, Jonathan Hickman reshaped the world of the X-Men with the top-selling House of X and Powers of X. Since then, the X-Men titles have become of the talk of the industry, each telling exhilarating stories set in this exciting new era. Don’t miss the next chapter in Hickman’s grand vision for Marvel’s mutants when X of Swords kicks off in July!

X of Swords

Check out covers and interior pages revealed at the panel below!

Preview: New Mutants #8

New Mutants #8

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Marco Failla (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Deep in Shi’Ar space, the NEW MUTANTS have found themselves dead in the middle of an intergalactic power struggle. They’re probably equipped to handle that, right? And back on Earth, the young mutants of Krakoa look forward to the future…whatever it may hold.

New Mutants #8
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