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Preview: Heartthrob Season 2 #2


(W) Christopher Sebela
(A) Robert Wilson IV
(C) Nick Filardi
(CA) Robert Wilson IV with Nick Filardi
AGE RATING: Mature Audiences
GENRE: Crime
PRICE: $3.99

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and after spending the last several months avoiding her criminal past to try and build a normal life, Callie is fonder than ever. Forced to set her normal existence aside and break her anarchist pals out of a Canadian jail, Callie finds herself head over heels for her old life. When this one-time dalliance threatens to turn into a full-blown crime spree, Callie turns to the only person who will understand: Mercer.


Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/15

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.


SpiderMenII-Turner-aSpider-Men II #1 (Marvel) When the first Spider-Men came out I was reading a lot of Spider-Man comics, but I have since dropped off from the series (a couple years ago, actually). Still, I wanted to see whether we’d finally find out who the Marvel 616 version of Miles Morales is, so I picked this issue up  –  and I’m glad I did. This comic was entertaining, enjoyable, and almost without any real substance. I loved it in the way you like a movie you can turn your brain off and not have to think too hard. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

X-Men Blue #7 (Marvel) You know sometimes you read a comic, kinda enjoy it, but then you kinda don’t because you don’t give a shit about the event it’s tying into? That’s exactly how I felt about this comic. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read


DDCAST_Cv1_ds V3Dark Days: The Casting #1 (DC) I was really impressed with the the first part of this storyline, so naturally I was a bit let down with this one just being more of the same plot advancements that could have been put into the first issue. The artwork is still solid and there are a nice couple of bits but DC really just stretched this for another 4.99. I would get it for the art but story wise nothing that wasn’t really covered in the first part.


Dept H #16 (Dark Horse) Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Dark Horse Mia’s early life and her relationship with her father. How she learned more about him through interviews and journals than by spending time with him. Along with revealing how Roger and Mia’s father met in the process. Which does leave one to wonder given how complicated Mia’s relationship with her seems, why is she so intent on catching the killer. Is it to get justice, or to thank them for freeing her from her father’s shadow? Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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dept h 16Grass Kings #5 (Boom! Studios)** – The shit begins to hit the fan in the fifth issue of Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’ family drama set in a breakaway, “off-the-grid” community, and while it’s certainly exciting and visually interesting, a poorly-timed composite flashback/present-day “mash-up” scenario at the end that features actions that don’t quite line up with each other dulls the impact somewhat and places this installment just a notch below the previous four. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #2 (Dark Horse)** – Speaking of “off-the-grid,” the second issue of the second arc in Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s long-form series sees the walls begin to close in around the separatist Briggs clan as a de facto hostage situation turns into a lot more than anyone bargained for once the feds get involved. Chater’s art is a bit more generic in its appearance this time out, but it’s still more than solid, as is Wood’s pacy, dynamic script. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

World Reader #4 (Aftershock)** – Jeff Loveness’ script gets out of the way and lets Juan Doe’s amazing, borderline-psychedelic art do the bulk of the storytelling in this issue, as we finally meet a “psychic survivor” of sorts from the genocidal intergalactic force that’s been wiping out all life on one planet after another. The book takes all of about five minutes to read, but it’s worth going back and looking at time and time again to fully absorb the gorgeous images. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Divided States Of Hysteria #2 (Image)** – Howard Chaykin’s been getting more Briggs_Land_Lone_Wolves_2Apublicity than at any point since the early days of “American Flagg!” with this one, and while most of it has been understandably negative (that sickening, since-pulled cover was the very definition of “not a good idea”), it’s also beginning to look like both “camps” in the controversy surrounding this series are wrong. There was no gang-rape of a transgender woman last issue — in fact, she killed everybody trying to abuse her before they could — while at the same time, the right-wingers who were bitching about the cover to the first issue, which featured a Muslim woman in a red-white-and-blue burqa, were eager to defend the aforementioned no-longer-forthcoming cover to issue four, which featured a lynched Pakistani man with his balls cut off.

So, ya know, these fuckheads are pretty much as racist as we always knew they were.

In any case, at the end of the day, it seems that Chaykin played both sides like a fiddle in a move that would make “B-movie” huckster William Castle proud. This time out we finally get to see the ties that bind our disgraced former CIA operative and the various serial/spree killers together, as Chaykin sets up his ultra-violent, non-super-powered “Suicide Squad” premise more fully. The art is noisy, cluttered, and ugly — as it’s supposed to be — but all my fellow leftists who walked away from this comic after last month (assuming they ever read it at all) are missing out on a pointed critique of the privatized, for-profit prison system, the mercenary-for-hire industry exemplified by the likes of Erik Prince’s notorious Blackwater, and the racism and Islamophobia that Trump rode all the way to the White House. This book’s politics are worn openly and proudly on its sleeve, and I have to admit I get a chuckle imagining all the “alt-righters” who have flocked to Chaykin in recent days and weeks having their blood pressure raised when they actually sit down to read his story. There’s some sort of method to all this madness, and while it hasn’t revealed itself fully yet, it’s fascinating to watch it all unfold. And Ken Bruzenak is just plain killing it and earning every dime (and then some) with his awesomely garish lettering and effects.

world reader 4.jpegI can sympathize with those who were offended by that cover that was probably never going to come out anyway (although I do have to wonder what these outraged individuals would make of the work of Johnny Ryan, S. Clay Wilson, Mike Diana, and even Crumb — seriously, people, read some undergrounds, it’ll broaden your horizons!), but there’s a “sweet spot” that’s being hit here for what few left-leaning readers of this comic remain : this is confrontational, in-your-face, unflinching stuff that effectively rebukes every single politically conservative position it takes aim at. In vintage Chaykin style, he’s managed to piss off all his allies and fleece all his true foes. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say that I admire that by any means, but his willingness to stand alone takes some guts, that’s for sure. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.


The Defenders #3 ( Marvel) – We catch up with the gang shortly after an attempt by Diamondback to kill Luke Cage, whose confrontation was disturbed by Punisher. They slowly look for answers on the Punisher’s motivation while Diamondback questions Black Cat’s reason for saving Luke.They soon catch up with the Punisher, who gets close but are stopped by the Defenders. By issues end, Iron Fist gets into a fight with Diamondback and finds a supreme opponent. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

defenders3Black Panther and the Crew #4 (Marvel) – In this issue, we get a flashback and a catch up for readers. In the flashback, the OG Crew, deals with some unsavory characters in Mississippi, as they say struggle with having Northern sensibilities in Jim Crow South. In the present day story, Luke Cage and Misty Knight look for answers about the mysterious corporation who runs Americops and where their true interests lie. By issue’s end, both generations of the Crew meet, and what could happen next probably will be the game changer. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


Kill or Be Killed #10 (Image)** – Following hard on last issue’s massive cock-up, we find out from Ed Brubaker in one simple phrase how Dylan keeps getting away with murder: “They were too busy trying to be super-cops.” What’s fascinating to me about this series is how the noose keeps getting slowly tighter even as the actions of the cast of characters get looser, and good intentions are continually translated into really bad ideas. Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser give us a rainy, grey cemetery of an issue on the art right until the explosion of hellfire-framed-in-white on the last page. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Cinema Purgatorio #11 (Avatar)** – Moore & O’Neill give us a movie musical version of the Black Dahlia murder (and very few comics writers do musical comics as well as Alan Moore). I could go for more of this, as I start to wonder what if Fox had made musicals of its films noir (as, despite the “My Fair Dahlia” title, this is not MGM). In “Code Pru”, we get a good look at the boss, who is even more monstrous than any of Pru’s patients. There’s a mystery brewing as to the circumstances and purposes of Pru’s job, but she seems to be too pissed off at her situation to see it… And over in cinema 3 of this multiplex, “Modded” goes shopping, but Fringe is more chosen than choosing. And just what is chainsaw rhythm reggae action? “… the daemonatrix lingo is more about exciting nouns than actual descriptive content.” But I’ll take exciting nouns over boring adverbs any day. (As usual, I skipped “A More Perfect Union” – if these guys would give me a straight history of the Civil War, I’d be interested – and “The Vast”, which is about boring adverbs in comics form). Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mage: The Hero Denied #0 (Image)** – Matt Wagner returns to the adventures of Kevin Matchstick for one last series. This is a fun preview (featuring oh-so-90’s skateboarding warrior “The Steeze” – who Matchstick winkingly refers to as “youngblood” before sending him home). I have a weakness for heroes who can just do what they do without a lot of posing and wasted energy (must be my own middle age showing), and if Kevin does have better things to do with his time than fight stone-ogres, I’m very curious to know what they are. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

kajumax s3 1Kaijumax Season 3 #1 (Oni Press)** – Zander Cannon continues to amaze with a heartfelt, humorous, horrible monster story that starts with a cabin in the woods, takes what appears to be a long detour through the story of a poor, put-upon giant goat, gets lost near a mysterious lake in Minnesota and then – oh my Goj – comes together and sets up the rest of the story in a great twist. Get on this. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: 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 (**).

Preview: Rick and Morty Volume 5


(W/A) Kyle Starks
(A) CJ Cannon
(W/A/C) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
AGE RATING: Mature Themes
GENRE: Humor/Adventure
PRICE: $19.99

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 how much of Jerry one person can take. This volume features Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue story about the despicable Doofus Jerry and his attempt to take over the multiverse. Also included is the uncanny and sinister “Morty Shines,” drawn by artist Marc Ellerby, the action-packed return of Tiny Rick in “Honey, I Shrunk The Ricks,” drawn by Kyle Starks. Plus: hilarious bonus comics about the whole family!

Oni Press at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Oni Press returns to San Diego Comic-Con International! All weekend long, Oni Press is debuting a plethora of exciting new books, merchandise, and convention exclusives. Plus, throughout the weekend, Oni Press will host an Invader ZIM panel and several creator signings for their fans.

This year’s gathering is being held in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. Preview Night will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 6:00–9:00 PM.

*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax. No holds on items.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game
Oni Press/Renegade Games Exclusive Variant

Features limited edition box art available only from Oni Press!

Price: $50
Limitations: 50 units available per day, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only.
Limited to 2 per customer.

Purchase of game includes one same-day line ticket for a signing with series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley!

Invader ZIM Deluxe Hardcover, Book One
Oni Press Exclusive Variant

Price: $65
Limitations: 50 units available per day.
Features a foil deboss and tip-in.
Contains the first 10 issues of Invader ZIM—as well as a cover gallery and the exclusive #0 issue not available in stores!


Price: $25

Snuggle up with Kaijumax’s MOST WANTED!

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

Rick and Morty™ #28 SDCC Exclusive Variant
Variant cover illustrated by Zander Cannon
Price: $10

Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant
Variant cover illustrated by Sara Richard
Price: $10

Invader ZIM, Volumes 1-3
Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Jhonen Vasquez!
Price: $19.99 each

Rick and Morty™ Volumes 1-5 and Rick and Morty™: Lil’ Poopy Superstar Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás
Price: $19.99 each

Scott Pilgrim, Volumes 1-6 Evil Ex Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley
Features the heroes on the back cover!
Price: $40 each


*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected are before sales tax.

Letter 44, Volume 1
by Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Guy Major and Dan Jackson

The Life After, Volume 1
by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo

Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1
by Ted Naifeh with Warren Wucinich

The Sixth Gun, Volume 1
by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree

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 our flagship comics!

The Sixth Gun, Letter 44, The Bunker, Stumptown, Kaijumax, Helheim, and The Life After!


Invader ZIM: It’s a Comic?! (Yes! Yes It Is!)
Saturday, July 22, 1:30–2:30pm, Room 24ABC

Eric Trueheart (writer, Invader ZIM TV show and comics), Dave Crosland (character designer, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, artist, Invader ZIM comics), Megan Lawton (story artist, Invader ZIM TV movie, artist, Invader ZIM comics), and Aaron Alexovich (character designer, Invader ZIM TV show and movie, artist, Invader ZIM comics) join forces to show you what’s coming up in the ZIM comics, including the first-ever 4-issue arc, and a hilariously twisted one-shot where everyone switches bodies! (Or brains?) Moderated by Robin Herrera (editor, Invader ZIM comics)! Plus: Secrets about the all-new TV movie that was recently greenlit by Nickelodeon? Never-before-seen comic art? Rejected covers? Possibly!


1–2 p.m. Colleen Coover (Small Favors)
2–3 p.m. Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) *TICKETED
4:30–6 p.m. Tini Howard and Sara Richard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It)

11–11:45 a.m. John Allison (2017 Eisner Award nominee, Bad Machinery)
Noon–1 p.m. Steven Perkins (The Coldest Winter: Atomic Blonde)
1–2 p.m. Zander Cannon (Kaijumax, Rick and Morty™ #28 SDCC exclusive variant)
2–3 p.m. Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) *TICKETED
4–5 p.m. Janet Harvey (Angel City)

10–11 a.m. Tini Howard and Sara Richard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It)
11 a.m. – noon John Allison (2017 Eisner Award nominee, Bad Machinery)
Noon–1 p.m. Steven Perkins (The Coldest Winter: Atomic Blonde)
2–3 p.m. Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) *TICKETED
3:15–4:30 p.m. Eric Trueheart, Aaron Alexovich, Megan Lawton, and Dave Crosland (Invader ZIM) *TICKETED
5–6:30 p.m. Zander Cannon (Kaijumax, Rick and Morty™ #28 SDCC exclusive variant)

11–noon John Allison (2017 Eisner Award nominee, Bad Machinery)
2–3:30 p.m. Zander Cannon (Kaijumax, Rick and Morty™ #28 SDCC exclusive variant)
4–5 p.m. Janet Harvey (Angel City)

*Attendees must have a ticket for the Scott Pilgrim and Invader ZIM signings.

A limited quantity of tickets will be available at the Oni Press booth (#1833) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. First come first serve, one ticket per person.

75 tickets are available for each Scott Pilgrim signing. Purchase of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game comes with a same-day signing ticket. The other 25 tickets are first come first serve. There is a signing limit of six items per person. No sketches.

We will be giving away a limited number of tickets for each signing on our Facebook!


Gabriel Bautista (AKA Gabo) (The Life After, Dead of Winter) AA-13
Joe Harris (Ghost Projekt, Wars in Toyland) EE-20
Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, Stringers) BB-21
Tini Howard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It) AA-06
Zander Cannon (Kaijumax) FF-08

Preview: Kim Reaper #4


(W/A/C/CA) Sarah Graley
AGE RATING: Young Adult
GENRE: Humor/Adventure
PRICE: $3.99

Kim is suspended from her job as a Grim Reaper and is working in a bakery with Becka–a welcome change of scenery, until a zombie rolls up to the counter. Animated corpses are the last straw, gosh darnit, so the pair decide to take matters into their own hands and venture down into the Underworld. And if they end up kicking some ghoulish booty on the way, that’s fine with them!

Preview: Kaijumax Season 3 #1


(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
AGE RATING: Mature Themes
PRICE: $3.99

New Season! New jumping-on point! Ah, KAIJUMAX Prison… that cesspool of corruption in the South Pacific! Tensions among the city-destroying convicts have eased after a month-long lockdown and Electrogor’s capture, and now the kaiju gangs have begun vying for power again, all-out-attacking their rivals, trading addictive smog and dioxin, and abusing weaker inmates. The Creature from Devil’s Creek, after a long time as the low mon in the Cryptid hierarchy, stumbles upon some information that makes him think it doesn’t have to be like this. Also: Mind-controlled murders! Pre-smartphone navigation fails! And… some VERY old timey religion?

Preview: Invader Zim #21


(W/A) Dave Crosland
(C) Warren Wucinich
(CA) Dave Crosland (Cover A), Caitlin Rose Boyle (Cover B)
AGE RATING: Young Adult
GENRE: Sci-Fi/Humor
PRICE: $3.99

Special one-shot issue by series artist Dave Crosland! ZIM’s finally found a way to get rid of Dib and Gaz—his Mind Swapper will transfer their brains into any object ZIM desires! Enter GIR, out of control and hopped-up on sugar, causing the machine to malfunction. And when the smoke clears, the wrong minds have been swapped! Now Gaz is ZIM and GIR is Dib and Dib is GIR and ZIM is Gaz and… eh, just read the issue, alright?

Preview: Not Drunk Enough, Volume 1

Not Drunk Enough, Volume 1

(W/A/C/CA) Tessa Stone
GENRE: Supernatural
PRICE: $19.99

Logan is a repairman in the wrong place at the wrong time-which is a creepy corporate lab in the middle of the goddamn night. After fighting off a freaky creature, he joins forces with three other poor souls trapped inside the building. Who are they? What are they doing here? What the hell is going on? And will any of them get out alive? The first in a brand new series from the mind of Tessa Stone (Hanna Is Not a Boy’s Name, Buzz!)!

Preview: Redline #5

Redline #5

(W) Neal Holman
(A/CA) Clayton McCormack
(C) Kelly Fitzpatrick
PRICE: $3.99

Everybody’s dead and everything basically sucks, so it’s a good time for Superintendent Coyle to start actually getting some leads into just whatever the hell is going on on Mars. Plus a robot armor guy fights a limousine. Plus some answers to questions you may have been wondering about. Plus shenanigans. HOOORAY!

Preview: Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1

(W) Tini Howard
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina (Cover A), Carolyn Main (Cover B)
AGE RATING: Teen, 16+
GENRE: Sci-Fi/Humor
PRICE: $3.99

Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It is a new comic book miniseries based on the popular Adult Swim™ television series and inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game! In this five issue series, Morty is on a quest to free himself (and all the other Mortys) from the clutches of Ricks, who collect Mortys and force them to battle one another for schmeckles and glory. Along the way, he’ll discover the grisly history of Morty battling, the dastardly lengths that Ricks are willing to stoop to in order to win, and perhaps… the strength in himself that’s needed to free the Mortys once and for all?

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