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Preview: Rick and Morty #25

Rick and Morty #25

(W/A) Kyle Starks
(W/A/C) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina (retail cover), Erin Hunting (incentive cover)
AGE RATING: Teen
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

In this special one-shot issue illustrated by series writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain), Morty meets an old friend: TINY RICK! Tiny Rick + Morty forever and forever a hundred years. But is Tiny Rick hiding a tiny secret?

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Preview: Kaijumax Season Two TPB

KAIJUMAX SEASON TWO TPB

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
PAGE COUNT: 160

As bad as things get in KAIJUMAX prison, the outside world can be a whole lot worse! Kaiju fugitives, parolees, thieves, drug addicts, and those who have simply fallen through the cracks are left to fend for themselves against a planet that doesn’t want them. Follow Electrogor as he makes his way across the Pacific rim to his home where—he hopes—his children await him.
See the tense reunion of the Humongo Brothers! Smell the hopeless Lovecraftian addicts in the undersea Kraken house! Ride along with new Police Team G.R.E.A.T. robotic cop Chisato! Don’t miss Season Two of the critically-acclaimed, Eisner Award-nominated satire KAIJUMAX from award-winning cartoonist Zander Cannon!

Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For March

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Great comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for March


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six(ish) comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher (although there may be a future Underrated on specific publishers in the future, that’s not the point of this one).

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like in the past, so you may see some recurring series month to month, although I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.

The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for Marchs comic sales, according to Comichron., which is why they’re Underrated.

 

voracius feeding time 4Voracious: Feeding Time #4 (Action Lab)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: Not listed/Unknown
It should come as no surprise to you that I am a fan of Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr’s creation,Voracious, and it’s sequel Voracious: Feeding Time. The writer and artist/letterer and joined by colourist Andrei Tabucaru, and the trio have produced one of the most consistently excellent comics on the racks. With a story that is on the surface built to be a comedy – that of a time travelling dinosaur hunting chef – but packs more of an emotional punch than you’d expect in such a comic. A truly compelling series that reinvigorated my love for comics, if you want to get caught up the first trade of Voracious is available now, and the second volume will be coming in May, although you could also go hunting for back issues. This is easily one of my favourite comics from any publisher right now, and it is a criminally underread series. There’s a reason I push this on as many people as I do, both online and offline, and that’s because it’s fucking amazing.

Ninjak #25 (Valiant)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 275 /5,763

Even though there are several elements of the character that I love (namely the fusion of James Bond and Batman), I’ll admit that up until recently I wasn’t a huge fan of Ninjak’s solo book; it had it’s moments, but the comic never pulled itself out of being a good comic into the truly great levels until the 23rd issue (for me, anyway – there are those who have long felt it was great). As of this writing the 26th issue has also been published, which is the final issue in the current run, so you may be wondering what I’m thinking by pointing you toward this series now, and I’ll tell you: tradepaper backs.

redline-1Redline #1 (Onipress)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 220 /8,040

The series that blends space travel (more specifically living on a colony on Mars) with a hardboiled detective story that’s so much more nuanced then I can adequately convey in a shot blurb. Redline may seem crass and bloody, and it is, but beyond that is where you’ll find one of the most interesting and well written stories from Onipress I’ve ever read. If you have even a passing interest in life on another planet, or a sci-fi detective story then pick this up.

The Flintstones #9 (DC)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #208 /9,213

You would be forgiven for thinking that this would be a pretty, but shallow, series about an old 60’s cartoon based purely on the name and covers of the nine issues we’ve seen from DC, and you’d be about half right. The Flintstones is a pretty comic about characters who debuted in the 60’s, but it’s far from being a shallow comic. This is a series that will make you think about the disposable lifestyle we currently enjoy, and how others suffer for that – it is, in short, one of the most well written comics out there that’s hidden behind a facade that too many people ignore.

grasskings_001_a_mainGrass Kings #1 (Boom!)
February Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #168 /13,515


I’ll usually give anything Matt Kindt does at least a couple of issues before I either add it to my pull list or stop reading all together, but the first issue of this series about, for lack of a better phrase, an independent kingdom set within rural America piqued my interest pretty quickly. There’s a sense of something off lurking just beneath the surface in the Grass Kingdom, and the way that  Kindt is drip feeding us information makes for a compelling read.

God Country #3 (Image)
February Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #156 /15,321


I’m writing this after having just finished reviewing the most recent issue, but through the magic of the internet and Graphic Policy’s schedule, you’ll read this a couple hours before the review goes live. I’ll go into detail as to why I love the series in that review so I don’t want to spoil too much, but suffice it to say that I’m going to need to get the trade because I don’t want to wear my floppies out from reading them over and over again.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Review: Night’s Dominion #2

nightsdom-2-marketing_preview-1When she’s not working as a barmaid, Emerane becomes the Night, the most wanted thief in Umber. But when the Furie, Umber’s self-proclaimed champion, declares himself her enemy, she’s soon penniless and desperate. Her only recourse is to join the Bard and his ragtag team of rogues as they infiltrate the Cult of Uhlume’s tower in search of untold riches. The tower is not as it seems, however, and our heroes—if we dare call them such—may find more than they bargained for in its murky depths.

Not all is at it seems in the temple that houses the Cult of Uhlume in Night’s Dominion #2. It seems even the priests of this cult, have a dark secret lurking inside the bowels of their temple. I’m curious to see if that secret will be spread in hushed whispers around Umber. Will the city use that to fight the church, or will they do nothing?

The art in this issue by Ted Naifeh (who’s also the writer) is much darker than the previous issue. It helps showcase more of the occult side of the Cult of Uhlume. It’s clear that Naifeh has made the large statue in the temple as a clear focal point of everything else. I wish they gave a little better-viewing angles, but I doubt this will be the last time it appears.

Story: Ted Naifeh Art: Ted Naifeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Oni Press Heads to Chicago for C2E2 2017

Oni Press is returning to the 7th Annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)! All weekend long, Oni Press is offering a plethora of exciting new books, merchandise, and exclusives. Plus, throughout the weekend, Oni Press is hosting many creator signings for their fans.

This year’s C2E2 is being held in Chicago, Illinois at the South Building of McCormick Place from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Fans attending C2E2 can find Oni Press at booth #209 all weekend long.

EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE ONLY AT ONI PRESS BOOTH (#209)*:
*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax.

WE LOVE FINE ELECTROGOR PLUSH*
*No holds or guarantees on this item.
Price: $25.00

Snuggle up with Kaijumax’s MOST WANTED!
From the Eisner-nominated comic series by Zander Cannon, this official plush toy is the perfect cellmate to cuddle up with while reading Kaijumax!

RICK AND MORTY #25 SKETCH COVER
Designed by Troy Look
Price: $10

INVADER ZIM #17 ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANT
Cover illustrated by Matthew Seely
Price: $10

ASSORTED STICKER SHEETS*
*not all stickers are shown here

Make your life better with these adorable sticker sheets, FREE with purchase of their respective titles—Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1, Princess Princess Ever After, Another Castle: Grimoire, and Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection!

ENAMEL PINS
Price: $10 each

KIM REAPER enamel pin

SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME enamel pin

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER Princess Amira enamel pin

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER Princess Sadie enamel pin

THE DAMNED enamel pin

Oni Press enamel pin

INVADER ZIM VOLUMES 1-3 ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Jhonen Vasquez!
Price: $19.99 each

RICK AND MORTY VOLUMES 1-4 and RICK AND MORTY: LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS
Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás
Price: $19.99 each

SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUMES 1-6 EVIL EX VARIANT COVER EDITIONS
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley
Features the heroes on the back cover!
Price: $40 each

DEALS AT ONI PRESS BOOTH (#209):
$10 TPBs and $1 First Issues!*
*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax.

LETTER 44, VOLUME 1
by Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Guy Major and Dan Jackson
Price: $10!

THE LIFE AFTER, VOLUME 1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo
Price: $10!

THE SIXTH GUN, VOLUME 1

by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree

Price: $10!

INVADER ZIM #1
by Jhonen Vasquez and Aaron Alexovich with Megan Lawton and Simon Hutt Troussellier
Price: $1!

LETTER 44 #1
by Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Guy Major
Price: $1!

THE LIFE AFTER #1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo
Price: $1!

KAIJUMAX #1
by Zander Cannon
Price: $1!

FREE Oni Press Starter Pack 2016 with purchase of $20 or more!*
*While supplies last. Purchase must be at least $20 before sales tax.

Over 200 pages—seven first-issues of Oni’s flagship comics!

ONI PRESS PANEL:

To Hell and Back: A Spotlight on THE DAMNED and THE SIXTH GUN
Friday, April 21, 5:15–6:15 PM, Room S401

Fifty issues, nine trade paperbacks, six hardcovers, and four spin-off series later, the Eisner Award-nominated supernatural western THE SIXTH GUN has come to an end. However, writer Cullen Bunn and artist Brian Hurtt aren’t done yet; this unstoppable team brought their demon noir THE DAMNED: THREE DAYS DEAD back from the dead in a new re-mastered edition. Get the scoop on the latest details and a sneak peek of the new ongoing series!

SIGNINGS AT THE ONI PRESS BOOTH (#216):

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
1:30—2:30 p.m. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, The Damned)

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Noon–1 p.m. Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty)

1:30—2:30 p.m. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, The Damned)

4—5 p.m. Greg Rucka (Stumptown)

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
11—11:45 a.m. Sean Dove (BroBots)

C2E2 LIVE! WITH TWITCH
At Twitch Live Stage
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
12:30—12:45 p.m. Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt Talk The Damned

ONI PRESS CREATORS IN ARTIST’S ALLEY:
Aaron Alexovich (Invader ZIM) – V17
Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Lucky Penny, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection) – E17
Greg Rucka (Stumptown) – P1
Joëlle Jones (Helheim, 12 Reasons Why I Love Her) – M11
Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty) – A14
Monica Gallagher (Part-Time Princesses) – E9
Ray Fawkes (The People Inside, One Soul) – L10
Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob) – A15
Sean Dove (BroBots) –

Oni Press Announces Three New Series, Dead of Winter, Made Men, and Spectacle

Oni Press announced three new series at the Diamond Retailer Summit 2017 in Chicago, IL: Dead of Winter, Made Men, and Spectacle.

Dead of Winter is a new horror-comedy mini-series based on the smash hit tabletop board games by Plaid Hat Games. Featuring the talents of Eisner Award-nominated writer Kyle Starks and Eisner Award-nominated artist Gabo, and cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, Dead of Winter arrives in comic shops this August. Fans and retailers can also look forward to a pretty freaking funny variant cover by Erica Henderson, as well.

In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

A hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Airbud (no, really), the Dead of Winter comic series draws from the incredibly fun and diverse sandbox of characters from the hit board games, starring fan-favorite canine, Sparky the Stunt Dog.

Get your fuel and food ready for the arrival of Dead of Winter #1 on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at local comic book shops and on ComiXology! Dead of Winter #1 will solicit in the June for August PREVIEWS catalog, in comic book shops on Wednesday, May 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 10.

Made Men is a new action dark-comedy mini-series written by New York Times best-selling author Paul Tobin and illustrated by Arjuna Susini with colors by Gonzalo Duarte, arriving in comic shops this September.

After an ambush leaves Detroit Special Ops Officer Jutte Shelley left for dead (and the rest of her squad DEFINITELY dead), she decides to go into the family business. You see, Jutte’s actually a Frankenstein, and thanks to her ancestors’ various experiments, she has the ability and the know-how to bring people back from the dead. So that’s exactly what she does with her squad: brings them back to life (using some non-human parts in the process) so they can get revenge on those who had the audacity to try and kill them.

Made Men #1 arrives in comic book shops and on ComiXology on Wednesday, September 6, 2017! Made Men #1 will solicit in the July for September PREVIEWS catalog, in comic book shops on Wednesday, June 28. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 14.

Spectacle is a three-volume YA graphic novel series about a supernatural murder mystery by Megan Rose Gedris. Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural… until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. But how can you solve a mystery when everyone around has their own shady secrets?

Spectacle, Volume 1 is slated for publication in Winter 2018.

 

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game Box Art Revealed

Oni Press today revealed the official box art illustrated by creator Bryan Lee O’Malley for Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, an innovative deck-building game by Keith Baker and Renegade Game Studios.

Create your perfect life with Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game available for purchase in hobby stores and comic book shops Summer 2017. This deck-building game will have an MSRP of $45, is designed for 2-6 players to enjoy in 45-60 min. per game, and will captivate gamers ages 13 and up.

Dead of Winter Comic Coming from Oni Press in July

Oni Press has announced Dead of Winter, a new comic book series based on the smash hit tabletop board games by Plaid Hat Games. Featuring the talents of writer Kyle Starks and artist Gabo, featuring cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, arriving this August.

In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

A hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Airbud (no, really), the Dead of Winter comic series draws from the incredibly fun and diverse sandbox of characters from the hit board games, starring fan-favorite canine, Sparky the Stunt Dog.

Get your fuel and food ready for the arrival of Dead of Winter #1 on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, available at local comic book shops and ComiXology! Dead of Winter #1 will solicit in the June for August PREVIEWS catalog for ordering information, in comic book shops on Wednesday, May 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 10, 2017.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/14

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.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

redline2Redline #2 (Oni Press) I’m always surprised when I come across a series like this that is so far from my normal stomping grounds, and yet I enjoy it so much. Despite being set on Mars, the story has more in common with a hardboiled detective story – and I’m a huge fan of the blended story and setting. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel)** I really enjoyed this issue’s look back at some of the events in Logan’s past, although the inclusion of the War of 1812 seems to be a good 50 years before his birth (at least according to the Origin miniseries), but since I’ve always been fond of Logan being much older than we realize, I don’t mind that at all. And hey, maybe Old Man Logan was born a hundred odd years before the currently deceased 616 Logan? Either way, this was a significant upswing after #20. Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy 

Weapon X #1 (Marvel) I’ve read more X-Men related comics this week than I have in a long time; this was a solid first issue that leaves plenty of questions unanswered while giving fans the clawed fights we’re expecting. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel) Another great first issue; as somebody who hasn’t kept up with the X-Men too much in recent years, this was a perfect introductory issue to the young X-Men. A really good read, with a back up story that got me really excited for the future. I’ll be getting this in trade form when it’s released. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Rockstars #5 (Image)** – Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison’s “rock music urban legends” series had sort of devolved into a whirlwind of poorly-thought-through nonsense for the past few issues after a very solid start, but this concluding segment of their first arc Rockstars_01-1redeems the proceedings somewhat by wrapping up the main story in an intriguing fashion that sets up a common throughline for all that’s to come. Not bang-up stuff, by any means, but more competently-executed than what we’ve seen in recent months from this book, and the art remains flat-out superb. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Wicked + The Divine #28 (Image)** – Uhhhmmm, okay, guess I’ll just blurt it out : for an “end of arc” issue, this is decidedly tepid stuff, there’s just no nice way to dodge the subject. Yes, the status quo is shaken a bit — primarily in a flashback scene — but while Jamie McKelvie’s art remains as lush and gorgeous as ever, Kieron Gillen’s scripts are starting to be pretty damn predictable and his “too-cool-for-school” authorial voice has gone from cute to cloying without passing go and collecting its $200. An empty exercise in style over substance that continues what has surely become a pattern by this point. Maybe that’s an inherent problem with a series predicated entirely on being “fresh” and “in the now” — by the time you’ve been at it for a few years, your “now” silently passes you by. No one seems to want to say it, but Gillen’s entire shtick here is hopelessly stale. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Copperhead #12 (Image)** – Jay Faerber and new artist Drew Moss continue to move the story along nicely here with a new murder mystery to chew over and a change in the balance of power between our two main protagonists that ramps up the already-extant tension quite a bit, but damn — I still miss Scott Godlewski, and who knows? Maybe I always will. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Harrow County #22 (Dark Horse)** – Cullen Bunn seems to have regained his enthusiasm for this series after some obvious wavering a few months back, and now we’ve got some serious strain threatening to break the one actual friendship that’s on offer here, plus a “how to see a ghost” trope that’s clever enough to make the likes of Stephen King proud. Who are we kidding, though? It’s Tyler Crook’s sumptuous, flowing, watercolor art that’s the star of the show on this title, and as long as he’s around, I will be, too. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

Deadpool Vs Punisher#1 (Marvel) – In this first issue, we catch up with Frank and Wade as they are both maligned to their everyday lives. Frank is looking for an arms dealer who deals in special bullets. Wade is busy working a protection detail for a X-Men-Blue-ResurrXionmillionaire.Little do they both know, they are both secretly looking for the same person.
Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Black Panther and The Crew #1 (Marvel)-In this very first issue of the Crew’s return, the reader gets tossed right into the frying pan.As the death of an original member of the Crew, from back in the 50s, when they were known as the Mission, gets killed by some crooked cops. This has charged Harlem as one of their elders have been killed and Misty Knight us in the case. As she gets closer to the truth, she gets some unexpected help. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel)– what plays out like an episode of Wolverine And The X-men, we find Beast in the same role as Logan in that TV show. We find Beast bringing younger versions of the original X-men into the future, as he fears a war amongst mutants. It always interesting to see familiar characters at a different stage of their lives then what we are used to, which was what makes X-men First Class so good.I just hope they get more into their psychological battles, as this first issue, feels like a primer when it should read like a prequel. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read


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 (**).

Preview: Letter 44 #32

LETTER 44 #32

(W) Charles Soule
(A/CA) Langdon Foss
(C/CA) Dan Jackson
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Where did the alien Builders come from? What is the source of the mysterious End that threatens the very fabric of the universe itself? At last, with four issues left in the series, get the answers to these and other fundamental questions about the Letter 44-verse… BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Special one-shot issue illustrated by Langdon Foss (Get Jiro)!

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