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It’s one of two new comic book day today! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to star the day.

TechCrunch – Meta winds down support for NFTs on Instagram and Facebook – Can we agree this fad is done?

Kotaku – Please Stop Taking Lewd Photos At Studio Ghibli’s Theme Park, Authorities Ask – Uh.

CBR- Marvel Pressures Reddit to Unmask Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Leakers Dun dun dun.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: How I Kickstarted My Crime Comic, NEXT DOOR – Free comics.


Comic Crusaders – Amazing Spider-Man #21
ICv2 – Codex Black Vol. 1
CBR – Nocterra #12

Multiple Spawn Team-Up Variants Sell Out and Head Back to Print

This month’s Spawn team-up variants campaign struck the industry with a bolt of energy and Image will be rushing twelve of the covers back to print this week—with a slight color variation for added collectability—in order to keep up with customer demand. 

Fifty of Image’s most popular books, in addition to many of DC’s as part of the Batman/Spawn crossover, saw an appearance of Spawn on covers this month.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Image Comics—and of Todd McFarlane’s iconic, history-making, record-breaking Spawn—and December’s Spawn team-up covers give fans the perfect way to celebrate the beloved character’s lasting impact and influence on the medium.

Spawn team-up variants to boast a second printing will be:

  • All Against All #1 Cover E, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228390
  • Blood Stained Teeth #7 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228391
  • Do A Powerbomb #7 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228392
  • Golden Rage #5 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228393
  • Hexware #1 Cover D, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228394
  • Kaya #3 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228395 
  • Little Monsters #8 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228396
  • Nocterra Special Val (one-shot) Cover H, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228397
  • Radiant Pink #1 Cover D, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228398
  • That Texas Blood #20 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228399
  • Undiscovered Country #22 Cover C, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228400
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #52 Cover D, second printing – Diamond Code OCT228401

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Speed Republic #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.

Batman #120 (DC Comics) – The new creative team has grounded the character in some ways focusing on a murder possibly committed by members of Batman Inc. With a reminder of Bruce Wayne’s misfortunes as well, it’s been a nice change from the years of over the top bad guys.

Chicken Devil #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been over the top violence and a hell of a lot of fun.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic focusing on Elektra’s version of Daredevil. A piece or her past is haunting her and now she’ll need to go against Kraven the Hunter!

Dark Knights of Steel #4 (DC Comics) – The series has been a fantastic “Elseworlds” type story taking our familiar heroes and villains and putting them in a world of sword and sorcery. The various machinations as kingdoms jockey towards war has been intriguing.

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – What sounds like a pretty big event is kicking off!

The Goon #14 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is always an entertaining time. There’s a twisted Popeye like fun about the series which continuously delivers amazing art, laughs, and most importantly, fun.

Monkey Prince #1 (DC Comics) – Perfectly time for the new year, we want to really check out this series mainly due to DC’s excellent press roll out for it.

New Masters #1 (Image Comics) – Alien colonizers have taken over Western Africa as a group of outcasts find themselves in a struggle for power and control is this interesting piece of Afrofuturism.

Nocterra #7 (Image Comics) – The last arc ended with a cliffhanger and we’re excited to see what happens next in this world cast in darkness.

Primos #1 (AWA Studios) – Centuries ago, two Mayan brothers constructed a spacecraft that sent them hurtling into outer space. Returned to Earth only to find their culture and civilization destroyed, one of the brothers vows revenge and seeks to decimate the planet with intergalactic technology gathered on his travels.

Sabretooth #1 (Marvel) – One character has been shuffled off to the side and we want to see what he’s been up to.

Savage Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) Non-Stop Spider-Man was a really fun series and this follow up will hopefully continue that.

Serial #10 (Abstract Studio) – The series wraps up and we’re so excited, and nervous, to see what happens between Zoe and Jenni!

Speed Republic #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the future, Europe has united under one man, The Autocrat. He rules the apocalyptic landscape from corporate monopolies with a vision of unity that is gospel to some, but hollow to others. To distract the 99% from their poor and empty lives, they are given the opportunity to compete in the Grand Race.

X-Cellent #1 (Marvel) – X-Statix. Nuff said.

Review: Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special

Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special

Nocterra was a very interesting series when it debuted. In a world plunged in darkness it followed Val, a ferryman who hauls cargo through the dark world while dodging the horrors that awaits. When Val is hired to drive two individuals, she finds herself being pursued by Blacktop Bill, a mysterious villain we’re told little about. Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special pulls back the curtain, promising the origin of this shroud of a character and it sort of delivers. But, is this something we really need?

With a story by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel, we’re told the origin of Blacktop Bill and it’s honestly a bit yawn inducing. Basically, Bill likes to kill. He’s a hitman’s hitman. He’s a killer’s killer. Does that really add anything to the character? We know Bill is a killer. We know Bill can drive. He’s a force of nature and after reading this “origin” the character was better off remaining a mystery.

Like Boba Fett and so many more Blacktop Bill wasn’t just cool based on his actions but also his look and most importantly the mystery. The readers didn’t need to know his origin the appreciate the threat that Bill is in the first volume of the series. He presented himself as such. So, saying he’s a really good killer doesn’t add a whole lot to the situation. There’s no tragedy here. There’s no major event that turns him into what he is.

The biggest question, the “armor” he wears now isn’t really explained at all, that’s being saved for another story. So, in the end we’re told the killer is a killer and enjoys is and he should be feared. It’s everything we already know. It doesn’t add anything really to his story beyond he’s good at his job.

Denys Cowan‘s art is the highlight of the comic. He keeps Bill in the shadow never really showing us much of the man. The panels with Bill have the reader straining and attempting to get a peak of what he looks like but always coming up empty. Cowan is joined by Kent Williams on ink, Chris Sotomayor on color, and Andworld Design on lettering. There’s something interesting in seeing the world of Nocterra without the darkness and it all feels rather mundane and average, which is sort of the point. The visuals drag the reader in to show us how normal Bill is… beyond the killing. If that was played up a bit more there might have been something a bit disturbing and more intriguing about the issue. But, it looks nice, so there’s that.

Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special takes some of the mystery of the character away and adds little in its place. It’s an issue we don’t really need and feels like material you’d find and as a backup story throughout a few issues. This is one for the hardcore Nocterra fans but be prepared to have the real questions not answered.

Story: Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel Art: Denys Cowan
Ink: Kent Williams Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s Nocterra is in the works at Netflix


Netflix is adding another comic title to its catalogue. The streaming platform is teaming with writer Roberto Patino to develop a series based on the comic series Nocterra. Nocterra was created by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel and published by Image Comics. It’s part of a multi-year deal between Patino and Netflix.

Patino is currently working on HBO Max’s adaptation of the DC Comics/Vertigo series DMZ.

Nocterra takes place in a world where darkness has enveloped the world. Val Riggs moves people and goods across the darkness in her truck dodging the creatures called shades corrupted by the darkness.

Patino will pen the script, serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett.

Netflix has focused on building its comic adaptation base after its deal with marvel ended. The platform purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld and has adapted other comics such as Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse, the manga Cowboy Bebop, and the film Extraction based on the comic Ciudad.

Nocterra’s Blacktop Bill Gets the Spotlight this December

Master of horror Scott Snyder teams up with legendary artist Denys Cowan for a thrilling new penny dreadful in Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill. This special one-shot issue from Image Comics is set to land on shelves this December and haunt fans of Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s bestselling series Nocterra.

Behold the book of Blacktop Bill. In the wake of the first arc’s explosive finale, the origin of Nocterra’s most terrifying creature will at last be revealed in Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill. Witness the horrors that await…

Nocterra Special: Blacktop Bill one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 22:

  • Cover A by Daniel & Marcello Maiolo – Diamond Code OCT210042
  • Cover B by Cowan & Chris Sotomayor  – Diamond Code OCT210043
  • Cover C blackout variant – Diamond Code OCT210044
  • Cover D 1:10 Copy Incentive B&W by Daniel – Diamond Code OCT210045
  • Cover E 1:25 Copy Incentive B&W by Cowan – Diamond Code OCT210046
  • Cover F 1:50 Copy Incentive Raw by Cowan – Diamond Code OCT210047

Nocterra #6 Wraps the First Story Arc and Sells Out

Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel’s Nocterra #6 is sold out completely at the distributor level. The bestselling series is being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with increasing demand for the exciting, story arc conclusion.

You’ve seen the calm…now it’s time for the storm. In Nocterra #6, having unearthed a shocking revelation, Val must prepare for battle before she loses the paradise that she’s risked so much to find.

Nocterra #6, second printing (Diamond Code JUL218738) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22.

Nocterra #6, second printing

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Kang the Conqueror #1
Mike Del Mundo

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.

1984 the Graphic Novel (Houghton Mifflin Company) – George Orwell’s classic book gets a graphic novel adaptation.

The Box #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A private detective is framed for kidnapping as a plot to take his magical box away begins.

Eat the Rich #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new psychological horror series. Under the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (Marvel) – Discover the history of the man who will become Kang the Conqueror in this miniseries.

Killer Queens #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Meet Max and Alex. Reformed intergalactic assassins for hire. On the run. Also super gay.

Moon Knight #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was an interesting new take on the character that has him focused on a small area and taking on things that go bump in the night. With new opposition, it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes.

Nocterra #6 (Image Comics) – The first story arc for the series wraps up in an oversized issue! It’s been a solid series so far and we’re excited to see how the arc ends.

Sam & His Talking Gun #4 (Scout Comics) – The title really says it all in this tale of revenge.

Second Chances #1 (Image Comics) – The Second Chance Hotline allows you to get a new identity, as long as you have some cash, referral, and good reason to start over.

Serial #6 (Abstract Studio) – The series keeps getting better with each issue in this horror/crime series.

Superman and the Authority #2 (DC Comics) – We loved the first issue that had Superman stepping out of his comfort zone and putting together a new team.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1 (Marvel) – The second entry in Marvel’s take on Games Workshop’s popular setting is here. The series shifts the focus to a group of Sisters of Battle dealing with an uprising on a planet.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #1 (Marvel) – The Scarlet Witch is dead… who did it?

X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant Entertainment) – A jumping-on point. X-O Manowar must battle a nanite monstrosity devouring the earth.

Nocterra #6 Gets Variant Covers and Wraps up the First Arc with a Bang!

Image Comics has revealed three thrilling, over-the-top variants featuring art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Tony S. Daniel and Marcelo Maiolo, and Mirka Andolfo for the forthcoming Nocterra #6 by Scott Synder and Tony S. Daniel. This issue will wrap up the first story arc with a bang and rev readers up for more.

You’ve seen the calm…now it’s time for the storm in Nocterra #6. Having previously unearthed a shocking revelation, Val must prepare for battle before she loses the paradise that she’s risked so much to find.

Nocterra #6 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 18:

  • Cover A Daniel & Morey – Diamond Code JUN210236
  • Cover B Lupacchino & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code JUN210237
  • Cover C Daniel & Maiolo – Diamond Code JUN210238
  • Cover D 1:25 copy incentive Andolfo – Diamond Code MAY219397

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Skybound X #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.

Black’s Myth #1 (AHOY Comics) – Meet Janie “Strummer” Jones, just an ordinary werewolf PI, trying to make it on the mean streets of LA. Yeah, we’re sold just on that.

Clans of Belari #1 (AfterShock) – On the far side of the galaxy, an isolated branch of humanity is trapped in a feudal dystopia. Order is maintained by a system of oppression until an orphaned girl and her incorrigible adoptive father sow the seeds of a revolution and unite the clans against a fearsome alien threat. The sci-fi epic story we’re fans of.

Extreme Carnage: Alpha #1 (Marvel) – Post King in Black we get to see what the new status quo is for the various symbiotes.

Fight Girls #1 (AWA Studios) – Ten hard-as-nails women face off in an ancient contest of champions where the winner truly takes all: the title of “Queen of the Galaxy.” The series has been a long time coming so we’re interested in seeing what it’s all about.

The Good Asian #3 (Image Comics) – This series has been an amazing exploration of the real-life history of racism in America mixed with a fantastic noir story.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Secret of Chesbro House #1 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy works with a psychic to clear a haunted mansion for auction. But the ghosts in residence aren’t quite ready to go gentle into that good night. Sounds fun to us!

Justice League Infinity #1 (DC Comics) – The popular animated series continues in comics!

Life is Strange: Coming Home #1 (Titan Comics) – The popular video game returns to comics just before the remastered original is released.

Mamo #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Can Orla O’Reilly embrace her destiny in order to bridge the divide between humanity and the faerie world? Sounds great.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1 (Dark Horse) – The highly anticipated Netflix series gets a comic tie-in.

The Nice House on the Lake #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue caught us completely off guard and the series seems to be taking us on a hell of a horror journey.

Nocterra #5 (Image Comics) – The previous issue delivered a glimmer of light and hope in a world of darkness. We’re sucked in and want to see where this series goes. The story has been solid and its visuals fantastic.

Ordinary Gods #1 (Image Comics) – Five gods are trapped in an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation.

Rabid World #2 (Scout Comics) – We were hooked by the first issue which had a nice mix of zombie-ish tropes and “ripped from the headlines” vibe as a virus spreads across the world causing a rabies like reaction in people.

Skybound X #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Get this just for the collector aspect of it. The series is spotlighting a lot of Skybound’s series and comics to come with quite a few major debuts.

Tales Told in Technihorror #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – A biennial horror series that brings together the best in horror sub genres with five short stories.

The Unwanted: Stories of Syrian Refugees (Etch/HMH Books For Young Readers) – Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The popular WWE wrestlers get a comic spotlighting their positivity!

X-Men #1 (Marvel) – The first volume of the new direction for the X-Men is over and the heroes are now back saving all of humanity and not just mutants.

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