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Preview: Invader Zim Vol. 2

INVADER ZIM VOL. 2

(W) Jhonen Vasquez, KC Green, Kyle Starks, Eric Trueheart, Dennis Hopeless, Jessie Hopeless
(A) KC Green, Dave Crosland, Aaron Alexovich
(C) Savanna Ganucheau, Warren Wucinich, J.R. Goldberg
(CA) Dave Crosland and Warren Wucinich (retail cover), Jhonen Vasquez (Oni Press exclusive variant, Fried Pie Comics variant), Louie Del Carmen (Hot Topic variant)
“Activity Time” backup comic by by Edmund McMillen
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
136 PAGES

Volume 2 of the hit comic series, based on the hit Nickelodeon TV show, INVADER ZIM starts off with a BANG! I mean a BANK! As ZIM takes on the immense task of getting a business loan. From there, things get steadily worse. Then better, then worse yet again. In this collection, ZIM will face foes like those never seen before! (And also Dib. But everyone’s seen Dib before.)

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Preview: Rick and Morty #16

RICK AND MORTY #16

(W) Kyle Starks
(A) CJ Cannon
(C) Ryan Hill
(CA) CJ Cannon (Cover A), Troy Nixey and Dave McCaig (Cover B INCV)
“Don’t Look a Gift-Horse in the Rick” back-up comic by Marc Ellerby
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Morty is sick and tired of Rick always being a big selfish jerk, so he convinces Rick to go harvest some “space medicine” on an alien planet. They even bring Summer, even though she won’t stop crying about having her heart broken or whatever. But while on the planet, they get interrupted by robobros and some heavy-cologne-wearing dude named Peacock Jones, so Morty might have to resort to some truly unspeakable tactics in order to get the medicine and get home safely.

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Preview: The Life After Vol. 3: Exodus

THE LIFE AFTER VOL. 3: EXODUS

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $19.99
136 PAGES

Jude, the son of God (well, one of the sons, anyway) is trapped in Purgatory. Thankfully, he has friends on the outside: Nettie, a Victorian woman with unknown powers; her daughter Essie, commander of an army of unbaptized children; and the late, great Ernest Hemingway. On their journey to break Jude out of his interminable imprisonment, they run afoul of clockwork angels, celestial bureaucrats, and the Great Potato Himself. Can they overcome the very powers that be in order to free their friend and rewrite the system of the afterlife?

This volume collects the first five issues of Exodus: The Life After, a strange and insightful journey into the afterlife and beyond.

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Preview: Exodus: The Life After #6

EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #6

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

What is AFTER the LIFE AFTER? Jude, Hemingway, Nettie, and Essie find themselves in a whole new world, each left to rebuild their new lives, and decide where they go from here. Also, CULTS, CRAZIES, and CATHOLICISM!

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Review: Merry Men #2

Merry_Men_2_coverMerry Men #2 is mostly focused on the backstory of Robin Hood, his relationship with King Richard Lionheart, and why the queer Merry Men got thrown out. This is a comic dealing with important and relevant issues like homophobia and Islamophobia under the guise of an alternate history of medieval England. There is a scene where Prince John and his evil ally, the Bishop of Hereford, look at the Bible and use one vote in Leviticus to ruin Richard’s supporters, who are gay and bisexual men, that reminded me a lot of contemporary Republican politicians who take the Bible out of context to justify their hateful legislature.

Writer Robert Rodi has a wicked wit and a bit of a dirty mind during the more humorous scenes, but also gives each character a complex motivation. For example, Robin Hood isn’t just an archer/freedom fighter, but a spurned lover of King Richard, who just wants to be left alone. (Honestly, I want a one-shot of Richard and Saladin romance.) His take on Sir Guy of Gisborne is quite creepy as he is a racist, homophobic, body dismembering pedophile, but his pedophilia is implied through dialogue and frightened facial expressions and not on panel.

Jackie Lewis’ art has a lot of details as far as background and clothing goes but has cartoonish facial expression, which works for a high drama adventure story. It really feels like you’re in the Middle Ages while reading the comic, and Marissa Louise uses lots of browns and greens to go with the whole forest wanderers’ motif. This issue adds much-needed shading to the characters and Robert Rodi’s and Jackie Lewis’ world and also has yet another essay showing that yes, there were LGBTQ people in the Middle Ages, including one ginger king of England.

Story: Robert Rodi Art: Jackie Lewis Colors: Marissa Louise
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Heartthrob #4

HEARTTHROB #4

(W) Christopher Sebela
(A/CA) Robert Wilson IV
(C) Nick Filardi
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Crime
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The heart wants what it wants and sometimes what it wants is to rob New York City of every thin dime. Callie and Mercer have landed in the Big Apple and, using Mercer’s master list, begin a crime spree the city has never seen. But when their relationship hits a few bumps and the FBI closes in on them, can true love conquer all or will it make a plea deal?

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Review: Brik #1

BRIK-#1-MARKETING_Preview-1Drew is a bullied kid in the Yonkers neighborhood of New York City whose family faces encroaching violence from Russian gangsters. Before his beloved grandfather is killed in an attempt to muscle the family out of the neighborhood, he’s able to pass down to Drew the story of a mysterious but dangerous protector who helped their people during other troubled times. When Drew finds his grandfather kept the secret to creating a golem, is it worth the risk to summon this supernatural avenger to take on the all-too-human darkness swallowing his world?

Brik is an urban fantasy tale of power and morality from writers Adam Glass & Mike Benson, amazing new illustrator Harwinder Singh, and colorist Gonzalo Duarte!

Brik is part modern fairy-tale, part coming of age, with a touch of ancient mysticism. The first issue also creates a sense of history, as Drew’s grandfather tells him how he learned of the Golem’s existence along with the secret of its creation. I’m curious to see how this story continues given the moral dilemma Drew has facing him. Does he bring about a dangerous weapon or let the Russian gangsters violence take over his home? Thus the morality tale of the Golem plays out with this new spin on the classic myth.

The artwork is realistic without managing to be overdone. It manages to capture the urban strife and the historical aspects of the story.

The comic focuses a lot more on the present than the past that does leave one wondering how much Drew’s grandfather actually knew. I’m curious to see if more of the grandfather’s past is brought about as the series continues.

Story: Mike Benson, Adam Glass Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 8.5  Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Merry Men #2

MERRY MEN #2

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

Another exciting chapter in this bold and provocative re-imagining of Robin Hood!

“There is a passage in Leviticus, long ignored, that forbids a man to lie with another man as he would with a woman.” The truth behind the Merry Men’s exile into Sherwood Forest is revealed, as is Robin’s steamy past with King Richard. But now that Robin’s friends are in danger, the Merry Men are faced with a choice. Stay in Sherwood, where their safety is all but guaranteed, or rescue those held hostage by the violent Guy of Gisbourne?

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Preview: Letter 44 #26

LETTER 44 #26

(W) Charles Soule
(A/CA) Alberto J. Alburquerque
(C) Dan Jackson
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Modifications have been made to the Chandelier. Now, exponentially more powerful, it prepares to fire at an approaching danger. What is this danger, and why do the Builders feel so compelled to destroy it? Meanwhile, Carroll attempts to blackmail Drum in order to get himself in with the 666 who will survive the end of the world.

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ComiXology Unlimited Exclusives Series for Comic-Con

ComiXology are adding some full series and almost complete runs to ComiXology Unlimited (CU) for exclusive access during Comic-Con International 2016. CU members will be able to borrow all of Dark Horse‘s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, almost the entire run of BOOM! StudiosGiant Days, the entire Sheltered series from Image Comics, the entire first season of Oni PressKaijumax and get up-to-date with Dynamite‘s Red Sonja only from July 21st -24th.

ComiXology Unlimited is the new subscription service that allows customers to explore the amazing world of comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month. The following will only be available during Comic-Con:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: Vol. 6-8, #26-40
Giant Days #5-14
Kaijumax Vol. 1, #1-6
Sheltered Vol. 2, 3, #6-15
Red Sonja #7-18, Vol. 2 & 3

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