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Preview: Postal: Deliverance #2

Postal: Deliverance #2

(W) Bryan Edward Hill, Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Raffaele Ienco

Mark learns that being the Mayor of Eden might be the same as being its prisoner. Laura can’t seem to retire her savage ways in Florida, and a child’s life hangs in the balance. Both of them are about to discover their true natures.

Postal: Deliverance #2

Early Preview: Postal: Deliverance #1


(W) Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Linda Sejic & Raffaele Ienco


POSTAL returns to find Mark struggling with the responsibilities and horrors of being the new Mayor of Eden, as the newest member of their community has brought his own personal war with him. Mark’s mother, Laura Shiffron, tries to enjoy her retirement in Florida, but violence finds her… and violence might the only way Laura Shiffron can find peace.

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for work to end and the weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – The Mystery of the Missing Jack Kirby Demon Word Balloon! – Interesting. Didn’t know about this.

How to Love Comics – Black Panther Reading Order Guide – For those that want to know.

ComicBook – ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ Season 3 Adds Joanne Whalley To Cast – Nice.



CBR – Abbott #1

CBR – Legion #1

Comics Bulletin – Postal #25

ICv2 – Tales From the Crypt: The Stalking Dead

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It’s a new week and we’re recovering from our Hellboy Hell Water weekend. We’ve got lots coming up this week so stay tuned for some fun stuff coming down the pipeline! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Comichron – August’s comics orders can’t compare to 2016’s Rebirth boom; Dark Nights: Metal, Paper Girls top charts – For those interested in the horse race.

Atomic Junk Shop – R.I.P. Len Wein – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.


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ICv2 – Castle Stars Vol. 1 The Space Race 1869

Bam Smack Pow – Champions of Earth #3

Talking Comics – Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1

Comic Attack – Postal #22

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


4 Kids Walk Into A Bank issue #5 (Black Mask Studios) – One of the best mini series around, 4 Kids reaches its conclusion. If you want a Stranger Things or Stand By Me type story with an incredibly well written girl protagonist and wise humor this series is for you. Read my review of issues 1-3.



Top Pick: Astonishing X-Men #3 (Marvel) – This X title hit the ground running in the first issue, and shows no signs of letting up. This book has a very interesting group of X-Men making up the team, many I’m happy to see in a team book again. The action is non stop, the writing is really good and one surprise already caught me off guard, so I’m really looking forward to see what else his book is going to throw at me.

Champions #12 (Marvel) – It’s no surprise to anyone following the site that this is one of my favorite titles right now, and I’m really looking forward to this issue and seeing where the team is post Secret Empire. The solicit is promising a change to the line up, and while I do welcome change, I’m a little nervous how a change to the team could change the dynamic and the overall feel of the book. But, I’m optimistic and can’t wait to find out.

Jessica Jones #12 (Marvel) – Being one of my favorite characters (before Netflix and it was cool to be a fan of Jessica’s) I am really enjoying this title. I can’t wait for Maria Hill’s secrets to come to light and how Jessica will react, and how these revelations will shake up Jessica’s world.



Top Pick: World Reader #6 (Aftershock Comics) – I first came across Loveness’ writing in Marvel’s Rocket Racoon & Groot. It was one of the best emotional reads I have had in a while. Since then, if he writes it, I buy it. In his latest work–well supported by Juan Doe’s vibrant art–he gives us more sci-fi laden empathic space travels across the universe, seeking the answers to dead worlds.

Iron Fist #7 (Marvel) – Everybody has been hating on Marvel lately, but they still remain one of the top players in the comic book world and attract top talent (Disney must offer a hell of a health insurance plan). A prime example is Ed Brisson taking over and bringing life back to the Iron Fist character. This latest arc teams him up with Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu; plus Mike Perkins’, dark colored, action packed art is a visual thrill.

Doom Patrol #8 (DC’s Young Animal) – True, it’s not Grant Morrison’s DP, but Gerard Way’s new take stands on it’s own, and has enough weird to keep me coming back month after month.

Seven to Eternity #9 (Image) – This sci-fi western fantasy by Rick Remender has become one of my favorites. I miss Opena’s art, but Harren is filling in the job nicely.

Postal #22 (Image/TopCow) – Hill and Goodhart are bringing things to a head as the town folk of Eden ready themselves for all out conflict with the FBI.



Top Pick: Poppies of Iraq (Drawn & Quarterly) – So many good books this week, but this is the absolute top of my list. This graphic novel is Brigitte Findakly’s chronicle of her relationship with her homeland of Iraq and the history she experienced there. Can’t wait to read this and see her take.

Ab Irato #5 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge’s “Catalyst” line of comics is making headlines but this series is some of the smartest writing in comics right now looking at a political uprising from the ground perspective.

Beirut Won’t Cry (Fantagraphics Books) – An artist’s view of the summer of 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon. While I probably won’t agree with everything said, I want to see what’s said.

Dastardly and Muttley #1 (DC Comics) – Garth Ennis taking on the classic pair. It sounds insane and I can’t wait to read it.

Lazaretto #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A pandemic strikes a dorm complex at a small college and it’s quarantined with kids trapped inside. Sounds like an amazing concept.

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – Marvel Says: No More Major Events For ‘At Least’ 18 Months After Secret Empire – Mhmmm.

The Beat – Invincible headed to the big screen by way of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – This will be interesting.


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ICv2 – Anonymous Noise Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special #1

Newsarama – Eleanor & the Egret #1

Talking Comics – Inhumans Prime #1

Comic Attack – Postal #19

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vision__12It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments! Check out some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBLDF – Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues – Unfortunate and an outrage to see.


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ICv2 – Equinoxes

The Beat – In Fox’s Forest

Newsarama – Motro #1

Comic Attack – Postal #16

Talking Comics – The Vision #12

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britannia_001_cover-a_nordThe weekend is almost here! We’ll be spending it relaxing, at the National Book Festival, and getting ready for New York Comic Con which is in just a few short weeks.

While you await for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Advocate – Why Queer Characters in Comic Books Matter – A good read.

CBR – Top Cow’s Postal Getting a TV Adaptation at Hulu – A great series and this one will be really interesting.

CBR – DC Universe Online Announces Game-Changing Revamp – How many of you are still playing?


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Newsarama – Britannia #1

Newsarama – Cyborg #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #3

Nothing But Comics – Karnak #5

Review: Eden’s Fall #1


Who are we kidding? Crossovers, by and large, always suck. The yearly JLA/JSA team-ups of days gone by may have been fun, but the early ’80s ushered in the era of the “mega-crossover” event with Marvel’s Secret Wars and DC’s Crisis On Infinite Earths, and while those two seminal series may have had their charms, pretty much everything that’s followed in their wake has been pure drivel. It’s well past time, in my own humble opinion, for the crossover to redeem itself.

Don’t count on it happening at the “Big Two” anytime too soon, though. Marvel’s allowing its entire line to be swallowed whole by Civil War II as we speak (mere months after doing the same with their re-tooled version of Secret Wars) and DC seems to be slowly building up to a “blockbuster” of their own that will feature their characters taking on the so-called “Watchmen Universe.” Count me as being decidedly unimpressed — and deathly uninterested — in any of that. So, if anybody’s gonna give us a crossover worth reading, it’ll have to be one of the indies.

Enter Top Cow Productions, who have a corporate “universe” of their own (published, as always, under the auspices of their partnership with Image Comics) centered around WitchbladeCyber Force, and other franchises, but are eschewing the obvious (perhaps too obvious?) possibilities there and are instead tying together three of the ostensibly “real-world”- set series from the mind of writer Matt Hawkins — PostalThink Tank, and The Tithe — for a mercifully brief three-part series titled Eden’s Fall that, at least if the first issue is any indication, promises to actually make good use of the characters and concepts from all three titles in order to tell a satisfying, self-contained story.


Hawkins is sharing the scripting duties on this one (which, for the record, I purchased, although an advance digital “copy” was also made available to Graphic Policy for review purposes) with frequent collaborator Bryan Edward Hill (who’s handling the writing chores on Postal solo these days — and doing a bang-up job of it), so characterization for all parties involved is as spot-on as you’d expect, and Atilio Rojo is on board to illustrate the proceedings in a no-frills, workmanlike fashion that serves the story quite well and is somewhat reminiscent of 1980s indie comics artwork (which I don’t mean as a “knock” in any way because I love that era). Toss in some competent if less-than-flashy color work from K. Michael Russell and what you have here is a book that both looks and reads quite well without being overtly stylish on any front, and I’ll take that any and every time.

Newbies to the “Hawkins-verse” needn’t worry, either — any backstory you need to know is recapped nicely on the opening “what has gone before—” page, and more detailed breakdowns of each individual series (as well as web links to sample issues of all three titles for free) are provided on the text pages at the back, so this is a very accessible “jumping-on point” for new readers.


Just what there is to jump on to, though, is something of an open question and makes me wonder what they’re hoping to gain by co-mingling these franchises in the first place. Postal — which has apparently been optioned for television by Showtime — is the only of the titles involved here that’s a going concern at the moment, with both Think Tank and The Tithe in sales-related limbo for the time being. Maybe the idea is to breathe some new life into these books and drum up enough interest to precipitate a revival of one or both of them, but a quick little three-parter seems a curious vehicle for such an endeavor. The computer “super-hacker” protagonist of Think Tank and the former FBI agents of The Tithe are both central to the proceedings here, with events in this story picking up more or less exactly where the last issue of The Tithe left off, though, so clearly they’re not playing “second-fiddle” to the Postal cast even though the story itself is set in that series’ “off the grid” haven for ex-cons of Eden, Wyoming. I guess rather than worrying about the business logistics behind this “event,” then, I might be better served to just relax and enjoy it for what it is.


Fortunately for us all, “what it is” happens to be pretty darn good. Hot on the trail of the duplicitous engineer of a series of “false flag” terrorist attacks designed to provoke a violent response against American Muslims, our aforementioned ex-G-men (and women) and their “Dark Web”-traversing buddy track him to Eden (which proves to be suspiciously easy for them to find), but other outside parties seem interested in the goings-on in the town that doesn’t exist for reasons as yet shrouded in mystery. Events move along at a nice clip, “screen time” is shared fairly equally among all parties, and a number of the more intriguing sub-plots from each of the respective series are “ported over” here in a way that won’t seem alienating to new readers. The plot construction in this issue is very solid, the mystery reasonably gripping, and the dialogue nicely expository without being overly so. Chances are pretty good, then, that even if you’re unfamiliar with any and/or all of these individual comics, you’ll find plenty to like here.

The “Hawkins-verse” has been one of the best-kept secrets in four-color funnybooks for a long time (even if we didn’t know it was an interconnected “universe” until a few months ago), and if Eden’s Fall maintains the standard of quality on display here throughout its brief run, odds are good that it’ll steer more people in the direction of Postal, at the very least (which is really hitting a nice creative stride right now) and perhaps even convince the powers-that-be that the other books deserve another arc or two, as well. That’d be a darn good thing on the whole for fans of intelligent, topical books that are relevant to — and resonant with — the world we actually live in.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill and Matt Hawkins Art: Atilio Rojo
Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Postal_13-1It’s new comic book day tomorrow! We’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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iO9 – Why Are Marvel’s X-Men Comics So Terrible Right Now? – The truth and a good question.

WLOS – Comic dealer says suspects on surveillance stole prize books  – If anyone has any info, please help.

Comics Alliance – Black Widow and Captain America Kick Off New Marvel Ultimate Action Doll Series at Disney Stores  – This could be cool.


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