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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Avant-Guards #2

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

The Avant-Guards #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of this series was excellent. The focus on building of an extracurricular college basketball team is so much fun.

Captain America #8 (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates has been putting together an epic Captain America run that dips into the past while forging something new for the future.

Daredevil #2 (Marvel) – The first issue blew us away and we’re expecting no less from the second.

The Forgotten Queen #1 (Valiant) – A whole new series from Valiant that’s really something different from them and we’re excited.

Heroes in Crisis #6 (DC Comics) – The event is controversial but we really want to see where it all goes.

Martian Manhunter #3 (DC Comics) – The maxi-series has been fantastic so far. It’s given us a new take on the classic character focusing on his origin and tragedy but also the impact today.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The character is updated and it’s fantastic.

Star Trek: Q Conflict #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was fun bringing together the crews from the various series. How they all interact will be the draw of this series.

Sweetie #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This series focused on a young girl that’s a comic superfan seems like it’ll be a lot of fun.

X-Force #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues have felt like a nice return of X-Force and the team dynamic has been solid. Add in Ahab and the return of Stryfe and we’re all in.

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Chip Zdarsky (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virg), Chip Zdarsky (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Humanity is at a crossroads, between life and annihilation. The threat comes not from space, but from a place absolutely inconceivable to anyone other than Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. Only he can take Earth’s remaining heroes to confront that which threatens us all…but when he knows so much more than they do, should he? Also: strike a light, how hot is Tabu now? This is what happens when you give “DREAM DADDY” as the main artistic direction.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

Review: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Based on the character that would inspire Watchmen antagonist Ozymandias, writer Kieron Gillen, artist Caspar Wjingaard, and colorist Mary Safro revive Charlton-turned-DC-turned Dynamite superhero Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. They use this character, who I hadn’t heard of until the title was solicited, to play around with all kinds of superhero tropes and tricks using him and the other superheroes of his universes as tabula rasae.

That’s not necessarily true as the spectre of Watchmen and Adrian Veidt haunts almost every panel of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt . There’s the “alien invasion” that concludes Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ beloved series and begins this comic to the white Ubermensch raiding indigenous cultures to gain “mystical” power a la Ozymandias and his trip around the globe. There’s also formal and visual things like nine panel grids and Wjingaard’s poses of a lonely genius standing aloof about to hatch a master plan.

However, Gillen and Wjingaard are more clever than that and lay out superhero tropes that were used by Watchmen, various Warren Ellis comics, and even Joss Whedon’s Avengers film and pick them apart, distort, and occasionally play them straight in an entertaining manner. There’s the Superman/Captain America analogue Supreme Justice, who thinks he has power because he is the embodiment of the United States Constitution and then cuts loose like he’s a character in the Authority in a neoliberal approach to American foreign policy and an originalist reading of the Constitution. But with punching.

On the more cynical side, the big action scene where Peter Cannon successfully masterminds a defeat of an alien invasion and unites disparate superheroes from the United States, Russia, and the corporate world shows the hollowness and repetitiveness of the bicker, fight, and team up against a greater, external foe formula. Peter doesn’t have a complex plan; it just involves hitting aliens in the right place with the right amount of force like a miniboss battle although these aliens wiped out the population of an entire city. And this force is depicted is some widescreen Bryan Hitch meets the disciplined grid of Dave Gibbons or Mitch Gerads by Caspar Wjingaard. Mary Safro’s palette for the aliens is stomach churning queasy in contrast with most of the heroes’ strong profiles. (Mountain dew vodka chugging and two week living The Test is a notable exception.

Peter Cannon’s “teammates” spout platitudes about avenging and banding together, but he sees the bigger picture. His mystic scrolls are superhero texts, and he knows that especially in modern comics (The works of Bendis, Hickman, and Johns spring to mind, for better or worse.), there’s a bigger, secret force pulling the strings. Villain of the month is dead, long live villain of the six issue story arc that feeds into the summer crossover or a multi-year run. With the exception of the crossover part, Kieron Gillen does do this with his plotting and gives Peter Cannon #1 an intriguing, if purposefully derivative antagonist that should elucidate more of our protagonist’s actions and moral compass. And isn’t that what any good supervillain can be expected to do?

For all its deconstructive tendencies, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 is a fine work of pop superhero storytelling from Gillen, Wijingaard, Safro, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou,whose letters give both Peter and Supreme Justice a layer of self-assurance. It introduces an ensemble cast in an economic fashion, gives more details about the title character’s background and motivation, is self-aware without going fully edgelord, has a pair of potent action sequences, and a classic, if damn fine cliffhanger. Wijingaard’s art is clean, easy to follow, and not afraid to get a little grotesque if the story calls for it.

If you like punching and feeling smart because you read Watchmen that one time, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 is the comic for you. Or maybe it despises you for playing devil’s advocate in the class discussion about Ozymandias or Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ portrayal of women.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Caspar Wijingaard
Colors: Mary Safro Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Story: 8.0 Art 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Sean Phillips (A), Dave McCaig (B), Butcher Billy (C), Paulina Ganucheau (D), Caspar Wijngaard (E)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-B/W), Sean Phillips (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig(RI-B/W), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero | $3.99 | Teen +

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most—alas, poor humanity. Peter Cannon—the man known as Thunderbolt—is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre.

Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Review: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most – alas, poor humanity.  Peter Cannon – the man known as Thunderbolt – is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre.

Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

I assume that by clicking on this review, your primary question is whether you should read this book. I won’t beat around the bush; you should. Not because it’s really good (although it is) nor because the art is visceral (it is), but because it will take your expectations and knowledge of comic book tropes and laugh at them. And then, gloriously, it will honour them.

In Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 Kieron Gillen has written a really interesting comic that plays with the “Super Smart Man With All The Answers” trope wonderfully. If you’ve read Watchmen or are aware of how Batman plans for everything then you’re going to think you know how this ends (and you could be right, but you probably won’t be), but I won’t lie to you; this book caught me several times. Gillen brilliantly toys with your expectations and comic book knowledge to deliver a really fascinating and original story.

But don’t think that that if you have read, or aren’t aware of, the previously mentioned series or character that you’ll be lost. You won’t. There’s still a really good story here for you to enjoy.

Caspar Wijngaard and Mary Safro are a solid combination on art duties, and are a match for Gillen’s story. This book is visually dynamic, the darker tones matching the threat presented without ever obscuring the events depicted on page (and I’m saying that with a watermarked review copy – in print it’ll be so much better). Wijngaard’s grasp of emotion and body language here adds a level of depth to the story; Peter Cannon’s slightly stooped shoulders and his constant apathetic expression tells you as much about this man as any text will. It’s subtle and brilliant.

Much like the conclusion to the issue.

If you’re looking for something new to read that has a unique twist on the superhero story, then you can do a lot worse that Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1. This book is easily my pick of the week, and has been added to my pull list going forward.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Caspar Wijngaard
Colourist: Mary Safro Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-lhaou

Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Age of X-Man: Alpha

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Age of X-Man: Alpha #1 (Marvel) – This is the real lead up to the new various miniseries that’ll make up the Age of X-Man. It’s also our first look at this world where everyone is a mutant.

Fight Club 3 #1 (Dark Horse) – Chuck Palahniuk is back with his popular series. We’ve read the first issue and we’re scratching our head honestly but the art by Cameron Stewart is amazing.

Heroes in Crisis #5 (DC Comics) – Yes, the series is beyond controversial but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited to see where it’s going and what’s next.

James Brown: Black and Proud (IDW Publishing) – A graphic novel biography of the talented musician. A great way to learn about his life.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) -Kieron Gillen takes on the character and that alone has us excited. In Kieron we trust.

Powers in Action #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Art Baltazar brings a whole new world in this all-ages superhero series.

Star Trek: Q Conflict #1 (IDW Publishing) – Anything with Q in Star Trek and we’re in.

WWE Forever #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Classic WWE and we’re all in for it.

Wyrd #1 (Dark Horse) – This sounds like a spin on the X-Files from Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso and we’re totally in for that combo.

X-Force #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this second one. X-Force is back and awesome!

Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Omnibus

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Omnibus

Steve Darnall, Alex Ross, Pete Morisi (w)
Jonathan Lau, Pete Morisi (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 304 pages • $29.99 • Teen+

Peter Cannon is a world-famous author, an international celebrity, and the superhero known as Thunderbolt, acknowledged far and wide as the man who saved the world from destruction. Unfortunately, he has little interest in fame, even less interest in people, and the peace he has created is based on an illusion. Now, as old and new enemies — unaware of the secret he carries — plan to destroy his efforts, Peter Cannon must fight to keep the peace and preserve his own existence, while fending off deadly foes… and mysterious admirers. Collecting the complete ten-issue saga by comic superstar Alex Ross, co-writer Steve Darnall, and Jonathan Lau, plus the original script to issue #1, a complete cover gallery, 16 pages of sketches and designs by Alex Ross, and the rare origin story by Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt creator, Pete Morisi (featuring an introduction by Mark Waid)!

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Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #10 (of 10)

PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT #10 (of 10)

Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As Thunderbolt squares off against the Hooded One, he reflects on the dragon that he unleashed upon the world— the very dragon he must now stop from destroying it! Meanwhile, the General is prepared to stop any perceived threat by any means necessary, and Peter Cannon turns to new friends…and an old one.

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Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #9 (of 10)

PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT #9 (OF 10)

Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In “Going Underground,” Thunderbolt is a man on the run. His secret revealed, he finds himself unsure of who or what to trust —including his own senses—and he must push his mind and body to the limit as he faces one of his (literally) oldest foes — the mind-bending Princess Evila!

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Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #8 (of 10)

PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT #8 (of 10)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!

Thunderbolt heads “Into Temptation,” as Peter Cannon returns to New York, where his secret is threatened, his relationship with Aida Leiva takes a strange turn, and he becomes a moving target — alongside the people out for his blood!

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