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Batman/Superman #1
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The Girl in the Bay
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Pretty Deadly Vol. 1
Star Wars: Vader: Dark Visions
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97

Pretty Deadly: The Rat Gets a Trailer

Announced in June, Pretty Deadly returns to comic book stores on September 4th, 2019 with Pretty Deadly Volume 3: The Rat.

Clara Fields, a pretty young filmmaker, has died in Los Angeles. Her death appears a suicide. Her uncle, known as The Conjure-Man, enlists Deathface Ginny from across the veil to help him investigate. Their first clue is an unfinished film, a tale of monsters; of fame, addiction and obsession.

Pretty Deadly Returns this September with a New Story Arc “The Rat”

Image Comics has announced the return of the critically-acclaimed Pretty Deadly series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos this September. This new installment in the popular, mythic fantasy series is titled The Rat and will be set during the classic Hollywood golden era.

This new story arc will be the midway point in the Pretty Deadly series, with the following volumes four and five’s themes already planned out.

In the announcement, DeConnick said:

The Rat tells a story of art, addiction, and loss, against a backdrop of an emerging Hollywood. Arc 4, The Butterfly, will look backward to reveal Alice’s origins, and Arc 5 will push the series to its conclusion in the Great Depression. I am so grateful to have this book, and Emma’s partnership, back at the forefront of my life.

Ríos added:

I’d never do it justice, but The Rat is a love letter dedicated to the fascinating work done by Lotte Reiniger, Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay. The book is steering me from raw violence to subtle horror, and I’m feeling it.

Pretty Deadly: The Rat #1 (Diamond Code JUL190083) will be available on Wednesday, September 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 12.

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike (ISBN: 978-1607069621) and Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear (ISBN: 978-1632156945) are available now at local comic shops, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Pretty Deadly: The Rat #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GENZERO_001_COVER-A_MOONEYWednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Faith #2 (Valiant) – I really can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this series. If you’re not reading it you’re missing out on one of the best comics from any publisher being released right now. Faith is a series that’s fun, that has a more positive outlook on things and takes some very light jabs at industry tropes. And it’s visually stunning.

Action Comics #962 (DC Comics) – It’s not often that I read a comic where Superman feels like he’s actually in a fight for his life, so watching the Man Of Steel in a rematch against Doomsday has been incredibly fun – even if the chances of him losing are nil.

Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I recently dug out the pre-New 52 run featuring Jaime Reyes, and wondered why I never read the series through the New 52 iteration. With how easy many of the Rebirth comics have been for new readers, I’m looking forward to this.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant? Don’t mind if I do.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – An incredibly underrated publisher, Chapterhouse have some fantastic series on the racks, one of which, Captain Canuck is a genuine pleasure to read. I’m excited for this spin off series that I know very little about (which is deliberate on my part), because based on Chapterhouse’s track record, this promises to be a blast.



Top Pick: Pretty Deadly TP Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Pretty Deadly was a dark, poetic, bloody journey that featured one of the best creative teams in comics…period. The second arc here is collected for those that missed out on the single issues (or just loved it so much that the trade is worthy of purchasing) and features more striking images from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire’s colours with a hypnotic script by Kelly Sue DeConnick that will put you in the good kind of trance that makes Pretty Deadly a difficult title to put down.

Island #10 (Image Comics) – Anthologies tend to be hit and miss but not Island. Emma Rios and Brandon Graham have opened the creative floodgates by curating a slew of material from both artists more well known and those perhaps yet to be discovered by a wider audience. It’s also refreshing in that each and every issue of Island defines variety in covering a wide array of genres and material.

Faith #2 (Valiant) – It’s a very warming feeling to remember that Faith has her own ongoing series. Jody Houser provides such a great voice for Faith, blending her pop culture quips with dramatic moments. Maintaing the back and forth art style of Pere Perez during the present time and Marguerite Sauvage doing Faith’s fantasies from the mini series is an extra nice touch and has been played with wonderfully so far.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – Straight from the pages of Harbinger comes a new team of super powered teens. Minus the Imperium title, there hasn’t been much explored in the Harbinger side of the Valiant universe recently besides a few appearances here and there in other titles so it will be very interesting to see what Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have prepared. This has a very New Mutants type appearance featuring a younger group of misfits so the parallels between characters will be very intriguing to see in how it will be presented.

Sombra #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of Sombra was a fairly solid introduction to this story of a DEA agent about to throw herself into the middle of a tense situation with the Mexican Cartel. With the introductory exposition out of the way, hopefully being thrown further into the fire is something on Justin Jordan’s mind. Raul Trevino’s photo realistic backgrounds with the shadowy but bright colours of Juan Useche really paint an uncomfortable tone, especially with how the violence felt so sudden in the first issue.



Top Pick: Alena (Dark Horse) – This is a great time to get on board with this horror comic treasure. This TP gives you the whole story so that you’e all caught up before it becomes a live action Swedish horror film. There’s mean girls, a best friend who had been dead for a year and lots of murder an blood.

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics) – This issue should be packed with enough kick ass girl power to wipe the taste of the Killing Joke out of your mouth and combined with last weeks Birds of Prey get you back on team Babs.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Season 10, #30 (Dark Horse) – All good things must come to an end and Season 10 off BTVS is no exception. Issue #330 ends this killer story arc and will remind us all why we keep reading and still enjoy watching the reruns.



Top Pick: Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – I’ve been waiting for this series since it was announced and wondering when we’d next see Generation Zero since last we saw them (during Harbinger Wars?). I’m hoping for a new take on the New Mutants formula, and honestly that’s what I expect. It’s also an area Marvel has dropped the ball on, so glad to see Valiant picking it up and running with it.

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s new Atomic Robo, really nuff said when it comes to why you should be checking this series out. I’ve yet to be disappointed by any volume of the series released. It’s always packed with action and humor, and constantly entertains.

The Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics) – I’m intrigued as to what version of John Constantine we’ll be getting. The Rebirth issue gave me some hope, but the real test is with this first issue.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Putting out fun, positive, superhero comics with lots of action and humor. I can’t wait to check out this new series which we got a tease of in their Summer Special.

The Revisionist #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Time traveling fun action. It’s entertainment for a genre that lends itself to all sorts of madness and interesting twists.


Review: Pretty Deadly #10

PrettyDeadly_10-1A young man dies. A war ends. The moon waxes full. And where does it all land? Well, it turns out that this ending is neither good nor bad. It just is.

Pretty Deadly #10 opens with Ginny at war with herself after being run through by Fear and War. Bones Bunny narrates to Butterfly as she comes to, watching from a distance in The World Garden. War does not keep Ginny down for long though. He just makes her angry.

Where the past couple of issues of Pretty Deadly have been all about action, this issue is about resolution. About necessary ends and times of peace. It’s easily the most emotional issue of the series so far, especially when we return to Verine and Clara by Sarah’s bedside. While it won’t last forever, the way Kelly Sue Deconnick writes this time of peace is moving and serene in a strange way. Like this is a well earned rest at the end of a hard road.

Emma Ríos and Jordie Bellaire knock it out of the park on art again, this time with less focus on brutality and more on ghostly images. The way the human reapers are drawn, dark and celestial against the soft moonlight or daylight of the trenches, is especially stark and lovely. Not as much though as when the Reaper of Courage stands with Fear and Grace to deliver Sarah to The World Garden as the sun rises. That might just be the most beautiful scene yet.

At the end of the book, Deconnick talks about how one must embrace their fear in order to be brave, and that seems like the overall arc of this particular story. It especially comes through in this issue, with the extra nail being a young nurse declaring “God bless the cowards” as she recovers the bodies of our fallen heroes. Pretty Deadly has always been a book about facing fears, but #10 is a reminder that courage does not exist without fear and to have the former, you must embrace the latter.

Between the beautiful art and the bittersweetly serene story, Pretty Deadly #10 is a masterful conclusion to a brutal and emotional arc. This final chapter of “The Bear” shows just how far the story has come and evolved, how the story has come to stand on it’s own in individual issues, and makes me even more excited for where the story will go when we meet up with Clara in the early days of Hollywood in the third arc.

Story: Kelly Sue Deconnick Art: Emma Ríos and Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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BitchPlanet08_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s doing geeky things this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

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

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Consequence of Sound – Dwayne Johnson to adapt graphic novel Son of Shaolin into feature length film – Are there comics not being adapted at this point?

Dread Central – Eli Roth and Jim Carrey Adapting Graphic Novel Aleister Arcane – See above.

CBR – Paramount, CBS Release ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Guidelines – Very interesting.

ICv2 – 451 Media Launching ‘Red Dog’ – Cool.

Newsarama – Star Wars Actress Hired As CW’s New Vixen – Well ok then.

Newsarama – Report: Bokeem Woodbine Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming As Yet Another Villain – Well that cast is growing.

Newsarama – Sony Will Expand Spider-Man Universe With Marvel, Calls Animated Spider-Man A ‘Breakthrough Sensation’ – Alrighty.

The Beat – Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants – Well that’s not good.

The Outhousers – REPORT: All of San Diego to Have Free, Inadequate Wifi During Comic Con – Ha!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Man #1

The Outhousers – Autumnlands #13

The Outhousers – Bitch Planet #8

Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4

ICv2 – Power Cubed TPB

Comic Attack – Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Nothing But Comics – Pretty Deadly #10

The Outhousers – She Wolf #1

The Beat – Snotgirl #1

Review: Pretty Deadly #9

PrettyDeadly_09-1Pretty Deadly #9 picks up where the previous issue left off with the same question on everyone’s tongue. “Good luck? Bad luck?”

Cyrus is dead, with dear Melvin and Theo not far behind, for that is the way of war. Alice faces off with Johnny Coyote and Ginny’s battle with the Reaper of War doesn’t seem to be going in her favor. In fact, it seems as if none of our reapers except War might make it out of this alive.

Emma Ríos and Jordie Bellaire stand out in this issue once again as the atmosphere takes a more grey tone as the action begins to die down on the battlefield. The red of War is still overwhelming and Bellaire does an amazing job in immersing the world in his color, but also finding subtle ways to tone it down from the last issue, mixing it in with grey and white as the revelation of the nature of the Reaper of War comes to light. The most striking part of this issue though is how Ríos uses the eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies that make up Big Alice to frame panels, and how even a mass of butterflies feels so incredibly detailed. That, and the way Bones Bunny and Butterfly act as shadow puppets in the beginning of the issue as Bunny retells the story of The Lucky Farner.

This issue in pace seems to move a lot faster than the issues before it. I’m not certain if it’s because of the story beats Kelly Sue Deconnick hits in this issue or because there’s a lot less battlefield movement this time, but it seems that #9 is zipping along to the inevitable conclusions of #10. It doesn’t mean that there still isn’t weight behind the actions though, especially when Cyrus’s soul confronts Fear right in the face, or as Alice and Ginny face their own mortality. It just seems like the story isn’t content to rest there too long. As it shouldn’t, since there’s still one issue left to finish the story.

Have our heroes hit a string of bad luck? Or has everything that happened here been a blessing in disguise? It’s hard to say now, but the penultimate issue of Pretty Deadly’s second arc doesn’t rest long to answer the question, but rather chooses to let the action play out. Whether fortune or folly, it’s all set up to go down here.

Story: Kelly Sue Deconnick Art: Emma Ríos and Jordie Bellaire
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Comics Herstory: Kelly Sue DeConnick

bitchplanet_01-1It’s difficult to say what Kelly Sue DeConnick is most known for: her iconic run on Marvel’s Captain Marvel book, which pushed Carol Danvers to achieve higher, further, faster, more, or Bitch Planet, which took comic fans by storm and popularized a feminist message of noncompliance among its readers. Perhaps it’s Pretty Deadly, a gorgeous story DeConnick and artist Emma Rios created about death and love. She has also written for, DC, BOOM! Studios, and Dark Horse, and was the first female comic writer to pen an ongoing Avengers series with Avengers Assemble.

Currently, Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet are ongoing, and both are notable for the ways in which they subvert tropes of masculinity and femininity. Some context that is useful in understanding part of the message of these works is feminist scholar Julie Kristeva’s theory of abjection. Essentially, abjection means “othering” something from oneself in order to maintain the self. DeConnick’s characters are othered because they disturb the systems and order of their respective worlds to maintain their senses of self.

In Bitch Planet especially, the otherness makes a point about how women are demonized for their very existence, and that this is rooted in misogyny. Bitch Planet is unabashedly feminist, premised on a world where patriarchal control is taken to an extreme. The book also includes essays on feminism in the backmatter, and, in addition to letters, there have also been numerous photos of people who have gotten the noncompliant symbol tattooed. Though it’s only seven issues in, it has become incredibly significant in those seven issues, and has cultivated a  community around the book’s central theme of noncompliance.

prettydeadly-01Pretty Deadly’s appeal is enormous, in both art and writing. Simply put, it’s a stunning book. Thematically, it deals with both love and death, two inevitable parts of life. Pretty Deadly is the story of Sissy, Fox, and Deathface Ginny, and is a unique twist on the usual narrative. Having taken up Death’s mantle at the end of the first arc, Sissy, a child, isn’t the type of character usually cast as Death. Pretty Deadly works to subvert a number of tropes. Fox is the antithesis of the typical masculinity present in a Western story–for example, by the time the reader meets Fox, he is in the role of Sissy’s protector and caretaker. Now in its second arc, Pretty Deadly is very much worth reading for its beautifully crafted story and artwork.

In addition to writing comics, DeConnick and her husband, Matt Fraction, head the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company, and last year revealed that they will be developing Fraction’s Sex Criminals for TV. Readers can keep up with all of this information by signing up for Milkfed Criminal Mastermind newsletters, as well as motivational “Bitches Get Shit Done” texts from DeConnick. (Or follow #bgsd or #bgsdlist on Twitter.)

Review: Pretty Deadly #8

PrettyDeadly_08-1“The needs of the bear are not the same as the needs of a bee.”

This quote from Bones Bunny opens Pretty Deadly #8 as he and Butterfly watch a bear steal from a hive in the world garden. Not only does it inform the issue as a whole, but what the arc has been working towards as well. When you see the Reaper of War, it’s not hard to imagine why this giant imposing figure of blood red mist is the bear to Sissy’s figurative network of bees.

As the focus shifts to the battlefield, it ends up being one of Pretty Deadly’s most brutal issues yet. With a sickening color palette of green and red courtesy of Jordie Bellaire, the violence in the trenches grows as Ginny and Alice watch War, a reaper with no face that feeds off of fear and “will consume all that remains” once that is gone.

War is probably one of the most terrifying designs that Emma Ríos has come up with. A rider on a giant red horse, he seems to be created of tendrils taken from the spirits of these men, shaping himself into the rough approximation of a man. When Ginny confronts him and we see his form for the first time, I felt ill looking at his “face.” It’s more like veins bundled together into a shape. This is also building a bit more of the lore of Pretty Deadly. If there are reapers out there who are less human looking than Ginny and Alice, just what kind of shapes do they take?

This issue blends the battlefield with the world of War in mind-bending ways. These kind of concepts often sit on a razor’s edge, easily falling into incomprehensible if one is not careful. However, Kelly Sue Deconnick and Ríos handle it gracefully as the issue ebbs and flows between those two worlds. The backmatter of this issue goes into just the kind of process the two go through to make that balance work, specifically focused on the scene where Alice is talking to Cyrus as his commander barks orders at him. Ginny and Alice are essentially ghosts to everyone else in this issue and striking that balance was essential. It feels morbid to say “how the sausage gets made” in an issue with multiple headshots, dismemberments and blood splashes, but it’s a definite read if you’re interested in the behind the scenes stuff in comics.

Speaking of those headshots and dismemberments, the way Pretty Deadly handles that extreme amount of violence is something I haven’t seen done in comics or most media for that matter. It’s extreme, but it has weight. It isn’t there to build up how gritty and dark the story is, but to show the reality of World War I. It’s senseless, but in the way war is senseless. This isn’t violence to be excited about, it is disgusting and cruel. The way the team of Deconnick, Ríos and Bellaire work in tandem to show this is part of why Pretty Deadly works so well as a book.

Much like the midpoint of the first arc, the buildup and the climax of this particular part of the arc revolves around a story, this time one Molly Raven tells Johnny Coyote as the walk the battlefield to find Cyrus. As French and American soldiers alike accept their death on a soil that grows Frenchmen, Molly tells the tale of the Lucky Farmer, which echoes through the battlefield. The construction of this scene both in writing and art is lovely and heart-wrenching as the tension builds further towards the final page. The matching of a more Chinese style of art and coloring with the dark and dingy settings of the western front is disconcerting, but it blends well as it rides into the last page, which might just be the darkest page of all. If everything up to that final declaration of “Good luck, bad luck, I don’t know” was like the climb on a roller coaster, that last page is the split second before the drop off, where the world goes silent, the breath escapes your lungs and your body prepares for the drop.

And of course, the moon is full. Time is up in more ways than one in this part of the story, but it’s a question now of how everything will land. The first instinct is to think “not well,” but perhaps we as readers can take a lesson from The Lucky Farmer. Is this all good or bad? I don’t know.

Story: Kelly Sue Deconnick Art: Emma Ríos and Jordie Bellaire
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation:  Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR4_Cover B by Keith BurnsWednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – Finally Miles Morales in his own stand alone book in the Prime Universe! Very excited for this one. With Peter Parker as his mentor will the old Parker luck rub off on our hero? Or will he reach new heights? Maybe an internship at Parker Industries awaits? Come and see Web heads!

Action Comics #49 (DC Comics) – Did Clark survive his Kryptonite overdose? Can he stand up to Vandal Savage? Find out here…

Green Lantern #49 (DC Comics) – The race to 50 is on.. is Hal ready for the coming of Parallax?

We are Robin #8 (DC Comics) – More like we are Joker this month. Let’s see how the social media treats a gang of villains rather than the fledgling heroes. One question needs to be asked “Why so serious?”



Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 (Image Comics) – Initially thought to be a low arc due to the use of guest artists, the “Commercial Suicide” arc ended up being a brilliant and heartbreaking arc that focused more on the other characters we don’t get to see as much of in the bigger scheme of WicDiv. Exploring issues of fate, misogyny, pop stardom, cultural appropriation, and death, this experimental arc demonstrated WicDiv’s staying power.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – There’s only two things I know about this issue. One, Black Canary is back in town and teaming up with Babs. Two, BABS TARR FINALLY GOT TO DRAW A LUCHA BATGIRL. Kalisto is US Champion, Lucha Underground is back, and there is an actual Luchador Batgirl costume now. What a time to be alive.

Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – Exhale everyone, Carol is just as lively and hardheaded as ever in the hands of Butters and Fazekas. Not to mention those abs by Anka. While it hasn’t made me cry yet, the series has me intrigued with its new use of Alpha Flight and the mystery reveal of the skeleton crew from the last issue. It’ll be interesting to see just what is in store for Carol at this “desk job.”

Pretty Deadly #8 (Image Comics) – I have a special place in my heart for the Deconnick/Ríos/Bellaire supernatural western, but this arc has been breathtaking both in story and art. Now, we finally get to meet the Reaper of War and maybe figure out just what his deal is.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #2 (Marvel) – The first run at the Rocket Raccoon comic was an absolutely uproarious affair that made it one of my favorite Marvel titles. Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade seem to be taking a slightly different route this time with Rocket not knowing who he is after his death in Secret Wars, but the humor still seems to be there.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – I love this series, and I’ve been counting down the days to each issues release. It is a fantastic World War II era story that highlights the struggles faced in Russia around that time, coupled with some truly stunning visual techniques.

Howard The Duck #4 (Marvel) – If not for Old Man Logan, this would be the only Marvel book I’d be reading, and that’s thanks in a large part to writer Chip Zdarsky’s occasional digs at Marvel’s reboots and events over the past year or so. I’ve been told that this series doesn’t hold up quite as well as Steve Gerber’s first volume, but if you don’t have that basis for comparison (and I don’t, yet) then the current run on Howard The Duck will be highly enjoyable.

Klaus #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Talking about visually stunning, Klaus is fantastic. It may be billed as an origin story for Santa (and it is), but this comic is so much more than that. There’s a warmth here that you really must experience.

Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – When I was initially getting this list ready, it never occurred to me that Swamp Thing #2 would be one of my top five picks this week. But then I saw the comic listed on Previews website a coming out and I got unreasonably excited to read it after I remembered the slower paced, modern feeling with almost classical twist of the first issue. Who’da known?

X-O Manowar #44 (Valiant) – I wasn’t, honestly, all that impressed with the last issue of this series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as it has been lately. Hopefully it was a slower start to the new arc and not something indicative of a trend. This issue will go a long way to assuaging my fears, so I’m eager to get a chance to read it.



Top Pick: Pretty Deadly #8 (Image) – Pretty Deadly is one of my forever favorites. Emma Ríos’s art is otherworldly, and I’m excited to see where the story goes as they continue to develop the new arc.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – This week’s Batgirl looks especially promising–it has both the return of Black Canary and one of the cutest covers possibly ever.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – Paper Girls might take an issue or two to really get into–the action starts quickly and doesn’t stop when four girls are attacked on their paper route. However, as with most Brian K. Vaughan stories, it’s worth seeing through.

Shutter #18 (Image Comics) – Shutter is a great subversion of the adventure genre, but the real draw for me was the art. If you haven’t read Shutter, you might recognize Leila Del Duca from the recent and absolutely gorgeous Morrigan-centric issue of The Wicked + The Divine.



Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – A-Force is assembling and I’m excited to see them together again.  True, it won’t be no holds barred like it was in Secret Wars, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun ride; and I’m really enjoying seeing things from Singularity’s point of view; she wants her friends back and is doing what she can to find them, even with a big bad energy monster on her tail.  To paraphrase Iron Man, she’s bringing the party to them!

Scarlet Witch #3 (Marvel) – I’m not all in on this title going into the third issue.  Yes, I love Wanda.  She is one of my favourite characters.  The debut issue was alright, and issue two was less than that.  So why is this on my pick of the week list?  I’m holding out hope this title picks up, and I do have a soft spot for Wanda.  There are some good ideas here, and I hope it gets a little more interesting.

Uncanny Avengers #5 (Marvel) – It’s no secret to many how I feel about this title.  So why is it on my list?  Gambit is on the cover.  That is the only reason I’m looking forward to it this week.  I’m curious to see what role he’ll play with the team and with Rogue.

The Vision #4 (Marvel) – Still the surprise hit, for me, from the All New All Different launch.  Vision just wanted to live a life with a wife and kids, what could possibly go wrong?  The reader is given very grim hints that plenty goes wrong.  Not to mention Vision’s own wife and kids have things happen to them, which they keep from him, that show us that they are a lot more like us then people would think.  It’s a great read that I highly recommend.



Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #3 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Tom King has had the Midas Touch, as anything he writes turns into liquid comic book gold.  This militaristic detective story is a solid read.

Bad Moon Rising #5 (451 Media) – The end is near. Only two issues left in the series. It’s Werewolves versus full automatics and Silver Bullets. I got five to one odds on the Biker Werewolves.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – I’m just waiting for one of the Paper Girls to be like, “I want my two dollars!!” They deserve a little more, after all that they’ve been through so far.

Unfollow #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Bruce Lee’s Game of Death meets Social Media as the Chosen gather together to thin the herd. Or will they rise above their human faults?

The Walking Dead #151 (Image Comics) – Who cares that  I am front running on the Zombie genre.  A real war is coming as General Rick builds his army.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – This seriously has gotten better and better with each issue and has been filled with action and a lot of touching interaction of the characters. Garth Ennis is knocking it out of the park with this series focused on an English pilot leading a Russian squad in WWII. The story is good, and the art is even more amazing. Some of the two page spreads are just jaw dropping.

Last Man: The Chase (First Second) – Such a fun graphic novel series. I’m excited to see more and more as the world is expanded upon and we learn what’s going on. It’s a hell of a mystery so far with small clues that make you scratch your head.

Nailbiter #20 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite series. This arc has some of the cast in Georgia trying to catch a serial killer who may have ties to Buckaroo. Just a fun comic about serial killers.

Princeless: Raven Pirate Princess #5 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Somehow this spinoff series has surpassed the original it came out of. Raven is one of my favorite new characters of the past few years and the fun flows off the page. Every issue has delivered.

Tomboy #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)Princeless for adults? This series has a teenage girl turned vigilante. The first two issues blew me away and I can’t wait to read the third. This is one that was one of my favorite debuts of 2015.

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