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Around the Tubes

Postal12_CoverAIt’s a new week and we’ve got an exciting one coming up including Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters in the US and Free Comic Book Day! We’re excited here!

And while we await that awesome, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A tribute to Shelly Bond: the most mod editor of them all – Great to see such support.

ICv2 – Artist Joe Devito Suing Warner Bros., Legendary – Interesting considering some comic news.

The Beat – NBC/Universal To Buy Dreamworks Animation: You Won’t Believe What They Own! – If you’re wondering what’s at stake in this deal.

ABC News – Cowabunga! Ninja Turtles Are Official NYC Ambassadors – Fill in joke about only being able to afford to live in the sewers here.

Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher – Speed Force in the Batman Miniature Game – Can’t wait for this release!

Kotaku – DC Universe Online is available for Xbox One – Pretty cool!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-New Wolverine #7

CBR – Amazing Spider-Man #11

CBR – Batman #51

Comic Attack – Postal #12

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio with guest Bryan Edward Hill on Demand

This Monday was a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and we welcomed our first time guest Bryan Edward Hill to the show!

Bryan is a writer for both comics and films. He currently writes Postal for Image Comics/Top Cow Productions as well as the upcoming Romulus. He was also recently brought on board as the story editor for Top Cow.

You can listen to the show on demand here, or download it and take it on the road.

Graphic Policy Radio with guest Bryan Edward Hill this Monday at 10pm ET

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and we’re welcoming our first time guest Bryan Edward Hill to the show! The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Bryan is a writer for both comics and films. He currently writes Postal for Image Comics/Top Cow Productions as well as the upcoming Romulus. He was also recently brought on board as the story editor for Top Cow. You can follow him through Tumblr or Twitter.

We want to hear what questions you have too! Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy and we’ll ask them live on the air.

You can listen in live this Monday at 10pm ET.

Preview: Postal #4

Postal #4

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR150586
Published: May 27, 2015

Mark, having barely survived capture, suffers emotional and physical scars. With the mayor and the sheriff afraid to confront the threats to the town, Mark chooses to confront the town’s enemies on his own, but the price of vengeance may change him and the town forever.

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Preview: Postal #3

Postal #3

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB150623
Published: April 22, 2015

As the murder continues to fray the fragile peace of the town and Maggie’s relationship with the FBI takes a darker turn, Mark decides to come face-to-face with the men responsible for the woman’s murder and learns the truth of his own past.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Realist_coverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Brett

Top Pick: The Realist (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

Divinity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant I think has the best superhero universe right now in comics. It helps that they’re willing to try new things as far as the characters, tone, and direction series go. This one is one of their more audacious comics to date, and it has been a wonderful read so far.

Drones #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two former predator drone operators face insurgency and insanity on the Las Vegas Strip in the surreal surroundings of the world’s first terrorism-themed hotel!

Kaptara #1 (Image Comics) – A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! From Chip Zdarsky, do you need another reason to check it out?

Transformers: Windblade Combiner Wars #2 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to their latest Transformers events which brings worlds together, as well as Transformers.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Suicide Risk #24 (BOOM! Studios) – This series should be at the top of every comic fan’s list.  Its version of the superhero genre is astounding.

Little Mermaid #3 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s under the radar series has veered a bit towards the expected, but it is still a fresh take on the fairy tale.

Manifest Destiny #14 (Image Comics) -The strange adventures through middle America continue, but will Sacajawea reveal something soon?

Postal #3 (Image Comics) –  The series has managed to be extremely gripping in its first couple of issues.  Secrets abound in the town of criminals.

Satellite Sam #13 (Image Comics) – The medium’s standout crime noir title returns with possibly some answers to the questions on the way.

 

Elana Levin

Top Pick: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (DC Comics) – The original Wolfman/Perez run of New Teen Titans was glorious soapy teenage hero wonder.   And now we get more of it and with Nicola Scott on pencils– a fantastic artists whose work I first fell for when she drew Secret Six. She draws attractive people but with real characterization and “acting” shining through in a way very few artists do. I don’t care about Tangent universe, which provides the characters they are fighting. But this old school Titans line-up and combination of classic and new talent have me sold.

I’d hazard to guess that fans of Claremont’s X-Men & the various Young Avengers series would enjoy the young characters’ soapy exploits if these books are anything like the original.

Velvet #10 (Image Comics) – Stylish as ever and unique. Complex, sexy and mature female characters are still rare in comics, and anywhere. Velvet is always a pleasure. A film version of her would make Brubecker a wealthy man and would be doing the world a favor. We need Velvet!

Lazarus #16 (Image Comics) – Lazarus is the scifi dystopia our world needs. Smart work that goes where no others dare. I should’ve proposed a session on this series for Left Forum or maybe get Jacobin Magazine to do an in depth review. I’d have ranked this higher but the story works better in tradepaperback.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) –  Adorable, zany and feminist as hell. I love the way Erika Henderson draws Galactus.

 

Nevada

Top Pick: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD & Revolutionized Humor in America (Fantagraphics) – I’m a fan of MAD and can’t wait to read this fascinating account of Mr. Kurtzman’s life and work, from the founding of MAD and then his early departure, to an investigation with the FBI during the McCarthy Era and beyond.  Packed with interviews by friends and family, this promises to be a revealing look at a great American humorist.

MAD Magazine #533 (Mad Magazine) – Speaking of MAD, I’ll have to catch this issue featuring Weird Al Yankovic along with Alfred E. Neuman on the cover. Whether you remember Weird Al’s work from the ‘80’s or you’re just now discovering his genius, this pairing on the April cover is truly inspired!

Miami Vice Remix #2 (IDW Publishing) – Oh, speaking of the ‘80’s, if you weren’t around to experience the fashion/ cultural/ musical phenomenon that was the original TV show, Miami Vice, here’s a Remix! This looks great—and quite bad-ass! Read this comic-book update and check out the original show that’s been playing on Esquire and Cozi networks and pretty soon you’ll be rolling up the sleeves of your pastel blazer and sporting a five o’clock shadow (guys), or slipping into a leather mini-skirt and double-processing your hair (chicks).

The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy (Hill & Wang) – A canoe trip with Heraclitus through the great debates of Western thought? Sounds like the cruise of a lifetime and a fun way to try and wrap your head around the mysteries of life and the universe, or vice versa.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) – I’m new to Squirrel Girl comics but this looks like a winner! I always knew squirrels were clever, agile, resourceful, and brave; add to that true Girl-Power and Squirrel Girl has to be an unbeatable addition to the super hero pantheon.

Around the Tubes

So, it was new comic day yesterday. What’d everyone get?

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Here are Some Statements on the Valerie D’Orazio and Chris Sims Cyber-Bullying Story – A very solid roundup of the latest blow-up in comics.

Engadget – The Pirate Bay’s new network is making ISP blocks useless – Interesting.

Lifehacker – How to Get Started Reading Comics That Have Been Running For Decades – Great to see this article on Lifehacker.

The Rainbow Hub – Opinion: What We Can Learn From Chris Sims’ Apology – A very good read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New Captain America #5

Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #39

Bleeding Cool – Batgirl #40

Comic Vine – Batgirl: Endgame #1

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #50

Comic Vine – Batwoman #40

Comic Vine – Chrononauts #1

Comic Vine – Divinity #2

CBR – Ei8ht #2

The Beat – Giant Days #1

Talking Comics – Giant Days #1

Nothing But Comics – Invisible Republic #1

Talking Comics – Invisible Republic #1

CBR – Jupiter’s Circle #1

The Outhousers – Postal #2

Comic Vine – Princess Leia #2

Comic Vine – The Punisher #16

Comic Vine – Punks the Comic #5

The Outhousers – Rebels #1

Talking Comics – Red One #1

Comic Vine – Secret Identities #2

CBR – Shaper #1

Comic Vine – Silk #2

Talking Comics – Spider-Gwen #2

Comic Vine – Spread #6

Comic Vine – Superman #39

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

Comic Vine – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Nothing But Comics – We Can Never Go Home #1

Review: Postal #2

postal002The first issue of Postal introduced a town unlike any other.  It is the residence of the worst criminals that the country has to offer, but they are forced into a peaceful living after having been given one last chance.  The complexities of the town are evident, especially as told through the innocence of the main character Mark, a postal worker who must deal with Aspergers while living his not-so-normal daily life.  No one who surrounds him is innocent as he is, or at least not as he is implied to be, except for maybe the girl that he is in love with, the waitress of the local diner Maggie.  Together the two of them work together to discover the secrets to a mystery involving a dead body, but as soon becomes evident, almost everyone has a secret in this town.

As opposed to the meticulous introduction to this town as seen through the eyes of Mark, this second issue changes its focus, giving both his mother and Maggie an equal voice in the telling of the woes of the town now that people are showing up dead.  Both of them have their own secrets and their own demons, only they are hard to hide from Mark, astute despite his apparent simplicity.  While it is the setting which is abnormal and gives potential for the storytelling, it is through the characters that this issue shines, giving more depth to the already strong concept.  As the story fills out the background of some of the other characters, it provides an insight into what motivates the people in this town.

The first issue of this series succeeded in the unconventional setting and the shock value of it seen through the eyes of Mark.  The second issue was hard-pressed to replicate this success and in truth fell a little bit shorter.  Nonetheless it maintains the momentum throughout and delivers a strong followup to the first issue, and moves the story in unexpected direction, and incidentally using a cover picture to tell the inside of an issue as few comics manage to do.  The combination of unconventional setting and unconventional characters could have been a mess, but instead this is an unconventional success.

 

Story: Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins Art: Isaac Goodhart
Story: 9.0  Art: 9.0  Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Postal #2

Postal #2

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JAN150698
Published: March 11, 2015

The fragile peace of a town full of criminals is shattered by the discovery of a murdered woman. When Mark seeks answers about her death and the people that could be behind it, he discovers the darkest secret at the heart of the town, a secret that alters his past forever.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

HOWARD001_COVWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Brett

Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is generally hilarious. Just search for his history with Applebees. His writing Howard the Duck hopefully will be half as funny. I’m expecting it to be just insane, and beyond entertaining.

Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Hopefully this comic series based off of the two films is excellent and not heinous. While I somewhat expect the latter, I love the first Bill and Ted film, so hoping for the best.

Ninjak #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant is the best superhero universe out there right now. They consistently put out fantastic comics with great art. This series puts the focus on Ninjak, the sometime MI-6 and Unity team member. It’s an awesome first issue, with amazing art, another solid debut from Valiant.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Mouse Guard is consistently a fantastic series with a beautiful story and art to match. A new volume is always something to celebrate, especially since the series is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – NOW BOARDING: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to TITAN! Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—how did her sister die? It’s science fiction meets a murder mystery.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Thor #6 (Marvel) –  Neither gods nor readers yet know the identity of the new Thor.  Answers are unlikely here, but the path to finding out has been pretty fun so far.

Ant-Man #3 (Marvel) – The first issue was a gem, and the second was a bit of a dud. Which will the third issue be?

Postal #2 (Top Cow Productions/Minotaur Press) – The first issue of this mystery series from Image was compelling, combining unexpectedly engaging characters with a one-of-a-kind setting.

Spider-Gwen #2 (Marvel) – After a near frenzy of excitement over the alternate universe Spider-Woman/Spider-Gwen, the first issue somewhat failed to capitalize on it with a good story.  It will be interesting to see if they are going to.

Wonderland #33 (Zenescope) – Calie and the Cheshire go on another quest to rid Wonderland of madness. The first was pretty great, so the second arc looks promising.

 

Elana

Top Pick: The Humans TP (Image Comics) –  My top pick of the year. 1970 outlaw bikers: they are animals! The animals are us! Literally. Tom Neely and color artist Kristina Collantes’ art puts others to shame. Mind blowing scenes of insanity with period-accurate costumes (I’d know) and bikes (they tell me) composed by an artist with the best chops around. It feels like a real underground comic from 70 but more accessible, action-heavy yet character driven. It is living proof of the value of hand lettering. It has an online soundtrack of garage punk/metal/ “is this a john carpenter movie?” soundtrack. https://m.soundcloud.com/the-humans-soundtrack

Oh and it’s by the Henry and Glenn crew. This has a cult-like following. One of us!

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #3 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – I haven’t read this yet but I need to. She’s a remarkable creation and I’m glad they keep making series with her in the lead. Do you know a kid that digs this series? Let me know in the comments.

Ms. Marvel #13 (Marvel) – Some day your kids will ask you “Parent, did you read Ms Marvel when it was coming out? I learned it revolutionized the industry and was utterly charming.” And you will say yes, or you will be ashamed. SHAMED!

Silver Surfer #10 (Marvel) – I’m no expert Whovian but this book is less Doctor Who then I expected. It’s more something of its own and I think that’s because Surfer’s voice is unique. At times Dawn feels too childlike. But with art this fun I’ve got to keep buying it.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – The panels from this that have been trickling out on social media are stunning. Colleen Doran’s art is dark and beautiful. I don’t even know the concept. I’m getting it anyway

 

Nevada

Top Pick: Roller Girl (Dial Books) – Junior high school was a really difficult time for me so I can relate to Roller Girl’s challenges as she navigates that minefield. Wish I would’ve had roller derby—can’t wait to see Roller Girl in action!

Artist & Models: The Glamour Art of Kent Steine (Binary Publications) – Love the cover of this volume and look forward to perusing the pages filled with glamour art & photographs as well as commentary by Mr. Steine.

Constantine #23 (DC Comics) – I’m a big fan of the show and new to the comic so I look forward to giving this a look to see Constantine on the page. Love his attitude and supernatural noir sensibility.

Juxtapose #171 (High Speed Productions) – I always feel so in the know and cutting edge when I read Juxtapose, with its up to the minute art and graphic news and lavish layouts; this Underground Art issue looks like one not-to-be-missed.

Lisa Simpson Figurine (Monogram Products) – I love Lisa and share many of her interests and concerns, so I’ll have to get this figurine for my desk to inspire me when I’m feeling somewhat misunderstood—just keep playing that sax, Lisa! Also it makes me want to listen to jazz music.

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