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Oni Press in December 2016

ANOTHER CASTLE: GRIMOIRE

(W) Andrew Wheeler
(A/C/CA) Paulina Ganucheau
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161707
ON SALE: 2/15/2017
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $15.99
152 PAGES

Princess Misty of Beldora longs for a more exciting life, but gets more than she bargained for when she is captured by Lord Badlug, the ruler of the neighboring kingdom of Grimoire. He intends to marry her and conquer Beldora, leading the land into ruin and chaos. Together with the long-suffering citizens of Grimoire and a certain bumbling prince, Misty must fight to protect her kingdom and free both realms from Badlug’s tyrannical rule. Misty is determined not to be another damsel in distress; instead, she’ll discover just what it takes to be the hero of the story.

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RICK AND MORTY: LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR TPB

(W/A) Sarah Graley
(C) Mildred Louis
BACK-UP COMICS illustrated by Marc Ellerby
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161708
ON SALE: 2/22/2017
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
128 PAGES

The runaway hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show Rick and Morty explores the complexities of friendship and fame in Lil’ Poopy Superstar!

Mr. Poopybutthole is in trouble, and he turns to the one person he can trust: Summer Smith! She’s more than willing to help, but is he telling her the whole truth? Summer will find out as she and Mr. Poopybutthole embark on their very own fantastic adventure across space, complete with jailbreaks, hijackings, and high school prom. Plus, backup comics featuring good ol’ Rick and Morty!

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INVADER ZIM VOLUME 3

(W) Eric Trueheart and Jhonen Vasquez
(W/A) Sarah Andersen
(A/CA) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing, Katy Farina
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161709
ON SALE: 12/14/2016
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
136 PAGES

A global invasion is taking place! And it’s not by any Irken named ZIM. No! This time, it’s an infestation of fluffy animals! Then, an invasion of some other aliens, who want to kidnap Dib for some reason! And watch out, because Gaz is about to pull off an invasion of her own—by conquering Bloaty’s Pizza Hog in a quest for the coveted Bloaty Shorts!

Yes, so much invading! Now let this comic, based on the hit TV show, invade your heart. And your wallet.

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ANGEL CITY #3

(W) Janet Harvey
(A/CA) Megan Levens
(C/CA) Nick Filardi
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161711
ON SALE: 12/14/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Dolores Dare follows a lead on the April Fool’s Killer to the Ambassador Hotel, where the crooked world of Los Angeles gangsters meets the lobster-and-champagne set from Hollywood. With the help of dogged reporter Aggie Underwood, can Dolores get close to the killer without ending up in trouble herself?

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MOTRO #2

(W) Ulises Fariñas with Erick Freitas
(A/CA) Ulises Fariñas
(C) Ryan Hill
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161712
ON SALE: 12/14/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The adventures of the boy who would be king continue! When Motro discovers a strange crystal artifact from another time, he’s given the opportunity to glance into the future. When he shares the find with the people of the next village, will the foreknowledge ruin everything? Motro isn’t looking for a fight, but if the fight comes to him, will he confront it or leave in exile once again?

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RICK AND MORTY #21

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/CA) CJ Cannon
(C) Ryan Hill
BACK-UP COMIC by Marc Ellerby
RETAILER INCENTIVE ALTERNATE COVER by Daria Pekhletski
DIAMOND ORDER CODE (COVER A): OCT161713
DIAMOND ORDER CODE (COVER B INCV): OCT161714
ON SALE: 12/28/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Jerry is real tired of being treated like he’s worthless, ya know? He works really hard for this family! He deserves a break! So he goes to see his best bud Doofus Rick for some fondue and merry-go-round times. However, their perfect day is interrupted by… Doofus Jerry?! And this guy seems like real bad news, man…

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EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #10

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161715
ON SALE: 12/28/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Jude, Essie, Nettie, and Ernest have seen Heaven, Hell, and Earth, and now they face the most terrifying realm of all. The End. Their journey has brought them to the brink of global war… and that’s not even considering the murderous Cosmic Potato.

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BRIK #6

(W) Adam Glass and Michael Benson
(A/CA) Harwinder Singh
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161716
ON SALE: 12/28/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

With Brik gone, Drew is left to confront Little Stalin on his own. But is Drew ready for that showdown? Will he be able to put a stop to the violence engulfing his neighborhood or will he be just another victim of it? And what fate lies ahead for the golem? Get the all the answers in this thrilling conclusion!

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JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #5

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A/CA) Tony Fleecs
(C) Luigi Anderson
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161717
ON SALE: 12/7/2016
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The penultimate issue of Jeff Steinberg’s first comic series! Do you think Jeff even knows what the word “penultimate” means? Yeah, us neither. It’s the second to last issue of Jeff’s first intergalactic adventure and our hero… Wait, “hero”? It’s not like he got chosen because he was saving kittens from trees or anything—he was just trying to poop… Anyway, it’s almost over! Jeff’s survived thus far, maybe he won’t actually screw everything up! (unlikely)

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SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME #7

(W/A/C/CA) Natalie Riess
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161718
ON SALE: 12/7/2016
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

With a little help from fellow contestant Neptunia, Peony makes it out of Cannibal Coliseum before she gets skewered. But if they don’t get back to the Space Battle Lunchtime studio on the double, both Neptunia and Peony will forfeit their spots in the finale! It’s a race to the finish in this penultimate issue!

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INVADER ZIM #16

(W/A/CA) Aaron Alexovich
RETAILER INCENTIVE ALTERNATE COVER by George Bletsis
DIAMOND ORDER CODE (COVER A): OCT161719
DIAMOND ORDER CODE (COVER B INCV): OCT161720
ON SALE: 12/21/16
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Special one-shot from original series artist (and Invader ZIM character designer) Aaron Alexovich! When ZIM, master of fear, gets spooked by Dib, he’ll do whatever it takes to prove he isn’t scared of anything! Or that Dib is scared of something! Or that GIR is scared of everything! ANYWAY! ZIM is the master of fear here, and that’s the MOST important!

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NIGHT’S DOMINION #4

(W/A/C/CA) Ted Naifeh
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161721
ON SALE: 12/21/16
AGE RANGE: 16 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

His home burned, the Blacksheare crime family hot on his heels, the luckless Magus turns to the only friend he has—the Acolyte, who at least still has a temple roof over his head. But the ruthless Blacksheares have debts owed there too, and soon come to collect. What they don’t expect is for the meek Acolyte and the cowardly Magus to boldly turn and fight. Soon, the Old Temple catches fire, and the rest of the city could easily burn with it. But is it worth the effort to save a city without hope?

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OH JOY SEX TOY: THE COLORING BOOK

(W/A/CA) Erika Moen
(W/C) Matthew Nolan
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT161710
ON SALE: 2/8/2017
AGE RANGE: 18 and up
GENRE: Humor
PRICE: $11.99
120 PAGES

Every week Erika Moen draws a pornucopia of fun, naughty pairings for the critically-acclaimed sex education comic Oh Joy Sex Toy. Now YOU can join in the sexy fun by adding your own color choices in the Oh Joy Sex Toy: Coloring Book! An alluring collection of NSFW illustrations, featuring a wide variety of sexy humans, awaits you! Whether you want to color for relaxation, saucy enjoyment, or to make a unique work of art for a special someone, this book is sure to please.

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Preview: Rick and Morty Volume 3

RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 3

(W/A) Tom Fowler
(W) Pamela Ribon
(A/CA) CJ Cannon
(W/A/C) Marc Ellerby
(C) Ryan Hill
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
128 PAGES

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY continues!

Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and anatomy. This volume features writer Tom Fowler in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue tale of missing heads, galactic doom toasters, and Jerry screwing everything up (of course). Also included is “Ready Player Morty,” in which Rick takes Morty to a High School Simulation planet, by writer Pamela Ribon and artist Marc Ellerby, as well as a high-action deathball tournament one-shot written and drawn by Tom Fowler. Come for the jokes, stay for the soul-crushing ennui.

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Preview: Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar #3

RICK AND MORTY: LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR #3

(W/A) Sarah Graley
(C) Mildred Louis
BACK-UP COMIC illustrated by Marc Ellerby
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by Molly Ostertag
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Things take a turn for the worse when Summer and Mr.Poopybutthole get split up and Summer ends up in space jail! What’s even up with space jail? What would Mr.Poopybutthole do? All we know is that Summer must break out! Armed only with a portal gun on low battery and Mr.Poopybutthole’s bowler hat, she must come up with a plan—and without a moment to spare! She can’t miss the school prom on Friday, after all.

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Preview: Brik #3

BRIK #3

(W) Adam Glass and Michael Benson
(A/CA) Harwinder Singh
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Drew, shocked to discover he was successful in creating the golem, is exhilarated by his ability to control the creature and begins to explore the superhuman limits of its capabilities. But when he uses the golem to confront his bully, Johnny, he learns the horrifying truth of the creature’s strength. Meanwhile, the Russian gangsters return to his family’s store, and with Drew out for the night with the golem, Jodi finds herself alone in a dangerous situation.

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Preview: Invader Zim #13

INVADER ZIM #13

(W) Eric Trueheart
(A/CA) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
“THE SWEAT SPOT” BACK-UP COMIC by Jarrett Williams with Jeremy Lawson
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by Alex Pardee
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

When an evil band of evil aliens from the farthest reaches of evilspace kidnap ZIM’s best friend, ZIM is horrified. Until, that is, he discovers the aliens think his “best friend” is Dib. Now ZIM couldn’t care less, but Dib, trapped in a cell on an alien ship, cares a lot.

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Blindbox Comics’ September 2016 Unboxing

Blindbox Comics is a monthly comic book subscription box that includes five regular monthly releases and one exclusive variant cover. Or, you can order just the variant. Or, you can order just the comics.

We open up and show off the latest box released, going over the comics plus a variant! Find out what’s inside!

You can order your Blindbox Comics now!

Preview: Kaijumax Season 2 #4

KAIJUMAX SEASON 2 #4

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Science Police Team G.R.E.A.T. has its best people hunting down Electrogor, the one remaining fugitive from the Kaijumax prison break. 30-story robot Chisato and her weaponized space superhero partner Jeong are scouring everywhere from the Ring of Fire to the seedy harbor areas of Tokyo for him—but will any cop brave the squatters at the graffiti-covered Kraken House? Also: Backstreet chases! Brutal interrogations! Deadly confidants! And… transferrable insanity?

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Preview: Merry Men #3

MERRY MEN #3

(W) Robert Rodi
(A/CA) Jackie Lewis
(C) Marissa Louise
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Action, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

More secrets are revealed in this exciting chapter of the bold and provocative re-imagining of Robin Hood!

When Scarlet leaves Robin’s encampment to search for Daniel of Dorcaster on her own, the Merry Men are quick to follow and bring her back before something terrible happens to her. But in the process, one of their own is captured by Guy of Gisborne! The Merry Men now have no choice—whether they like it or not, they have to fight.

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Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #2

JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #2

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A/CA) Tony Fleecs
(C) Luigi Anderson
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

It’s time for Jeff Steinberg to knuckle down and learn how to be Champion of Earth—except his head’s not really in the game. Sure, his new Voltron-style mech suit is pretty sweet, and he gets his own alien badass trainer to teach him the ropes, and he’s in outer space! But he’s still hung up on his responsibilities—and girlfriend, Shelley—back on Earth. But hold up, now that all of Earth has seen their “great” Champion (and his not-so-impressive, uh, assets), are they even happy to welcome Jeff back?

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/10

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

bm_cv6_open_order_varBatman #6 (DC) What a superb ending to Tom King’s first arc. This is a great read, but if you haven’t read the first arc, then there’s a chance that a couple of the more subtly emotional scenes won’t mean as much to you – and that’s okay. Those scenes seem to set up the next arc, and while I’m sure the previous events will be recapped to some extent, the impact may not be as great as if you’d read the previous arc. Whether it’s worth reading the previous arc just to get that impact… maybe. This probably isn’t an integral comic to the series, and it’s one new readers can skip if they;re looking to jump into the series at the current issue, but I dug this comic. Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy if you’ve been reading the series. 

Moon Knight #1 (Marvel)* I have no idea what’s happening here. I really don’t, but I kinda like it, so I’ll keep buying this. Jeff Lemire has just the right amount of mind-fuckery to make you question everything, which isn’t something I’m used to seeing in superhero comics – and yes, that includes Moon Knight  comics.  Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read…?

Night Dominion #1 (Oni Press) A promising start that doesn’t introduce the characters as much as I’d like, instead setting up a quest of some kind that require a certain group of people that resemble a typical DnD cast about to embark on your standard Fantasy Quest. Yet even with the familiarity of the set up, this is a decent comic that shows promise – once we get past the set up. Overall: 7.25 Recommenation: Read

Skybound #1 (Boom! Studios) It was… okay. And that’s being generous, honestly. The art is, as ever with Frank Cho, brilliant. The story isn’t bad, but it won’t set your world on fire. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Superman #6 (DC) Of all the things to happen post Rebirth,  I never expected to be converted from a person who liked the idea of Superman but never enjoyed many of his stories to someone who’s genuinely excited to read his comics. Superman #6 was a fantastic ending to the first arc, really emphasizing just how much being a father has changed the Man of Steel for the better. It’s the moments between Jon and his father that elevate this book above and beyond being a good comic into becoming a great one. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

killorbekilled_02-1Kill or Be Killed #2 (Image)**: To recap: Dylan has been visited by what he thinks to be a demon, who makes him a deal: every month Dylan kills someone, he gets to live another month. So in this issue, Dylan has to rifle through his chidhood memories to try and find someone he knows who he feels is bad enough to deserve to die. The premise is brilliant in its simplicity and horrific in terms of how personal it is. Where is Dylan going to eventually draw the line?… Brubaker, Phillips & Breitweiser, people. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Read.

Ryan C

Batman #6 (DC)*: Writer Tom King, guest artist Ivan Reis, and a veritable army of fill-in inkers put the finishing touches on the subpar “I Am Gotham” story arc with a padded, listless epilogue that gets a few points for showing a more human side of Batman than we’ve seen in probably years, but won’t interest you at all in sticking around to find out what happens next. Especially since it’s going to be another goddamn tie-in story. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

flint_cv3_dsThe Flintstones #3 (DC)*: Mark Russell and Steve Pugh continue their deliciously relevant social commentary in this story that takes aim at the plight of PTSD-suffering veterans, privileged (and annoying) “spring breakers,” xenophobia, and science denial. The Stone Age stand-in for Carl Sagan makes a guest appearance, Pebbles and Bam-Bam see their first significant “screen time,” and hey, we even get the Gazoo! Three issues in, someone just needs to come out and say it, and it might as well be me — “The Flintstones” is far and away the best thing happening at DC right now and one of the finest comics on the shelves these days, period. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Nailbiter #25 (Image)**: A curiously lackluster concluding segment to the “Bound By Blood” story arc sees Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s series begin to spill the beans on its numerous hinted-at “big secrets” by clobbering us over the head with just how big and secret they are. Any intelligent reader should be able to more or less puzzle out for themselves what’s tying all the so-called “Buckaroo Butchers” together by the time we get to the splendidly-illustrated double-splash image at the end, and now it feels like it’s just a matter of info-dumping and running out the clock until things are finally over. The usual embarrassing grammar and syntax problems persist in the scripting, but are at least fewer in number this time out. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Skybourne #1 (Boom! Studios)**: The first part of Frank Cho’s modern-day updating of Arthurian legend is surprisingly light on the cheesecake, but fear not: there’s plenty of misogynistic violence on display to prove the creator still has massive problems with the female of the species. If admittedly beautifully-executed (no pun intended) images of women being run through with swords (this after being called “bitch” and “wench” consistently for the first 20-odd pages) are your thing, you’ll find a lot to like here. If not, well — congratulations on having a conscience. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass 

Shean

The Strain Mister Quinlan -- The Vampire Hunter #1 1The Strain: Mister Quinlan: Vampire Hunter #1 (Dark Horse): When it comes to the way genre types are treated throughout literature, some treatments are completely abhorrent such as the treatment of women, albinos and the LGBTQ community. Then there are those types that seem to get the short end of the stick in most stories up until Game of Thrones and certain archetypes such as sword for hire , the rogue and as can be seen in that show’s popularity, bastards has taken the mantle from the typical hero’s journey catalyst, as this type has served as a great conduit between antihero and well worn gunslinger. Mister Quinlan, long a fan favorite in the books and now a fan favorite on the Strain TV show, is another great addition to the long invested canon of “bad mistakes gone good”. As he is an abomination created by the Master , whose intentions was to kill him , but fails as he spends rest of his days, from the fighting pits in Ancient Rome to the modern day, he has devoted every day to this never ending cat and mouse game. The first issue in this miniseries more than get the canon right, it lifts the series in ways more than one can imagine, in a beautiful way. Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy


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

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 (**).

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