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Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

It’s the first around the tubes of the new year! Things were relatively quite of the holiday weekend but we have some things you might have missed. Hope everyone is good and on to 2023!

Duke Law – January 1, 2023 is Public Domain Day: Works from 1927 are open to all! – How did you all celebrate?

Boing Boing – We’re getting a Stan Lee documentary from Disney Plus – Cool. How fair and honest do you think it’ll be?

Smash Pages – John Byrne helps Tom Batiuk wrap up the final week of ‘Funky Winkerbean’ – Huh. Kind of cool.

Review

Atomic Junk Shop – Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

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It’s one of two new comic book days! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Read true (and strange!) stories in MEDICAL TALES RETOLD – Free comics!

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Flung Out of Space
CBR – Frank Miller Presents Pandora #1
CBR – Public Domain

FRANK MILLERS PANDORA #1

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It’s a new week and we’ve got lots planned. What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below. While you kick off the day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Coming To PC Later This Fall – And here comes the mods!

CBR – Comic Book Legend Carlos Pacheco Reveals ALS Diagnosis – We wish him the best.

Reviews

CBR – Barbaric: Axe to Grind #2
CBR – Public Domain #4

PUBLIC DOMAIN #4

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It’s a new week and we’ll get back rolling after a bit of a break. While you start the week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – R.I.P. Lily Renee Phillips – Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and fans.

Kotaku – Kermit The Frog Is Kicking Ass In The PC Version Of Spider-Man – So it is easy being green.

Reviews

CBR – Grim #4
The Beat – Halloween Boy
CBR – Public Domain #3

Grim #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

A.X.E.: Judgement Day #3

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

A Calculated Man #3 (AfterShock) – The series follows a former mob accountant now in witness protection and using his mathematical prowess to not get whacked.

A.X.E.: Judgement Day #3 (Marvel) – The event has been impressive so far and with the end of the previous issue, the pivot should be interesting. It’s both what we expected and not.

Bunnicula (Atheneum) – The popular kids book becomes a graphic novel!

Damage Control #1 (Marvel) – The infamous group gets the spotlight with a new series. Are they going to get more of a spotlight elsewhere?

Magic: Ajani Goldmane #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The popular Planeswalker gets a solo comic!

Minor Threats #1 (Dark Horse) – Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum writing another comic? Yeah, we’re in for this one.

Olympus Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – DC has a big picture plan for Wonder Woman and this comic series will be key for whatever is coming.

Public Domain #3 (Image Comics) – The series has been an intriguing one about a creator who finds out he holds the rights to a billion dollar franchise and his kids involvement. It’s definitely unique and different.

Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories #1 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse has taken over the kids focused Star Wars line and we’re interested to check the tone and how these stand out.

Tales of the Human Target #1 (DC Comics) – Find out about the events leading up to Chase’s poisoning.

Task Force Z #11 (DC Comics) – The series has been a lot of fun and far better than the concept should be. Great art ads to it all. One we look forward to each issue and excited to see what’s next. It’s just fun popcorn reading.

What Remains (Uncivilized Books) – What Remains is an innovative graphic novel that weaves documentary and memoir forms to capture the sociopolitical fabric of Colombia, spanning 200 years.

Wynd: Throne in the Sky #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The popular fantasy series is back with a new volume.

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Public Domain #2

The weekend is up and convention season is still rolling on. What geeky things did you all do? Sound off in the comments below. While you kick the week off, here’s some news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Square Enix Botches New Manga Service With Sex Censorship, Extra Charges – Ooph.

Motortrend – D-Livery: Japanese Town Launches Initial D Anime-Themed Taxi Service – Nice!

CBR – Marvel Comics Writer and Satirist Ron Zimmerman Dies at 64 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

The Beat – Major layoffs and reported new direction at Tapas Media – Not too surprising. Tech companies are taking a hit.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Batman: Damned
CBR – Public Domain #2
CBR – Star Wars: Obi-Wan #3
CBR – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #131

Review: Public Domain #2

Public Domain #2

I was a bit mixed on the debut issue of Public Domain. The character felt more like caricatures to me than fleshed our nuanced beings. The concept was great, a meta look at the comic industry, creator rights, and the billion dollar industries that have spun out from it all. Public Domain #2 keeps that focus as it narrows things down a bit as a family drama which feels like it improves the issue and series as a whole.

Written by Chip Zdarsky, the fallout with the first issue’s discovery begins here. The Dallas family has discovered the father owns the rights to The Domain. That comic character has spawned countless movies and lots of merchandise of which little has been seen as far as compensation. But, what to do about it?

On one side is a brother who wants to fight and gain what’s theirs. Then there’s the father, creator of The Domain, and the rights holder who has a bit more of a laidback outlook. Do they sue? Do they make a threat and hold out for a settlement? There’s a lot of debate here and it’s somewhat interesting if not expected.

What is interesting is Zdarsky’s focus on the father, and how he treats his creations. The juxtaposition between his work in comics and how he interacts with his family is interesting. As a father, it’s the part that hits me closest. Balancing things are not easy and this is a case of a failure all around but at least a consistent failure. There’s a distance to it all like once the thing is created he sits back and watches it bloom by itself. Add in a bit of multiple identities/roles one plays in life and out of everything, this is the most interesting aspect so far.

The art by Zdarsky is solid. The characters all continue to look great and the personalities stick out in their looks and body language. Each character has a style unto themselves in both. That helps add a depth and helps brings them to life. There’s also a focus on the reactions in each moment. Body language and facial expressions are key and tell so much of what’s going on.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Chip Zdarsky
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Public Domain #1

Public Domain #1

Films based on comic properties are a multi-billion dollar industry unto themselves. These movies regularly sit at the top of the yearly box office totals shattering records. And, with each release we hear stories about how the creators of these characters and those whose original stories the films are based on see little of that money for their work. There’s a lot to debate on this, contracts, law, and just general ethics, but no matter your opinion there’s a clear imbalance of power and credit. Public Domain #1 by Chip Zdarsky examines this relatively new phenomenon with a story about the creators of a superhero and the film based on their creation.

The story focuses on the character The Domain, and the two men who created him. There’s the writer who has clearly made money off of the creation, though bitter about his association. Then there’s the artist living a very average life with a family and modest house. While he’s happy and excited more individuals get to experience his creation, he hasn’t received the financial windfall from his work. Then there’s the artist’s sons, one comes off as a screw up while the other is a reporter who’s bitter about the success of his dad’s creation.

Revolving around a movie premiere, Zdarsky delivers a story of family drama and what will be business battles. It doesn’t take sides in the debate and instead gives a rather mixed, though not nuanced, take on the issue within. The characters feel like caricatures missing the complexity of the situation. Each character feels more like a stand-in for a stance instead of fleshed out thought themselves. It’s a complex topic with a lot of history missing the complexity and the history. It’s meta entertainment.

The art is pretty solid. Zdarsky gives each character a lot of personality. We get a sense of who each is just by their look, their clothes, stances, body language, and more. Beyond their actions and words, a shirt at times is all we need to know. A ponytail gives us a hint a character is a bit more relaxed and not uptight in their beliefs. It compounds each character filling a certain role for the story.

While Public Domain #1 is very good, it just doesn’t feel very deep. Its meta commentary is interesting and it could have a lot to say, but so far, it feels like it’s a commentary tackling a subject but without much depth to really examine what it has to say. And in the end, it might not. This could be a unique story using a hot topic for entertainment only, we’ll have to wait and see. But, as a first issue, it delivers an intriguing and unique debut, one to keep an eye on.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Chip Zdarsky
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DC vs. Vampires: Killers

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

BRZRKR #9 (BOOM! Studios) – While we were skeptical about the series when it was first announced, it’s pleasantly surprised us with every issue delivering emotion and heart as much as action.

DC vs. Vampires: Killers (DC Comics) – The series has been great so far as vampires have infiltrated the heroes and villains and taken over the world!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 5 (VIZ Media) – The series has been amazing and if you’ve missed out on ever reading Fist of the North Star, these hardcover versions are a must.

Gender Queer (Oni Press) – The award winning autobiographical comic gets a new edition with a new cover, exclusive art and sketches, and new forward and afterword.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Old Man Whittier (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a blast and one-shot comics tend to be a lot of fun to just pick up and enjoy even if you’re not a regular reader.

Honcho #1 (CEX Publishing) – Fifteen years after World War II, a man returns to America ona mission to reunite a fractured nation… and play baseball?

Iron Cat #1 (Marvel) – We haven’t kept up with this storyline but a new character is always worth checking out.

Land of the Living Gods #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been an amazing example of world building and it taking place outside of the US and the use of local language has created a post apocalytpic tale whose details make it shine.

Life Zero #5 (Ablaze) – The series has been summer popcorn action and we have no idea where it’s all going at this point.

Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1 (Marvel) – Superheroes with giant mechs, what more do you need?

Mindset #1 (Vault Comics) – An app helps users break free of their tech addition but is it helping people or controlling them?

The Naughty List #3 (AfterShock) – The series has been a fun twist ont he pissed off Santa genre. It has a lot of holy shit moments but also a lot of heart and emotion too.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – While we’re not regular Power Rangers fans, it’s hinted this issue will be important for whatever comes next.

Public Domain #1 (Image Comics) – A meta series that looks at protecting intellectual property and family fights.

Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 (Image Comics) – An occultist, queer, heist book. Yeah, we’re intrigued to check out the first issue.

Task Force Z #9 (DC Comics) – The concept of a zombie Suicide Squad might seem silly but this series works so well with great action, humor, and twists.

Transformers: Fate of Cybertron (IDW Publishing) – The current run of Transformers wraps up here!

The Variants #1 (Marvel) – What’s better than one Jessica Jones? How about a multiverse worth of them?

Around the Tubes

It’s one of two new comic days! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments! While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: THE LITTLE TRASHMAID loves your garbage – Free comics!

ComicBook – Marvel’s Avengers Has a New Freebie for Ms. Marvel Fans – Cool.

Kotaku – Can You Still Enjoy Shredder’s Revenge If You’re A Button-Mashing Idiot? – There’s other ways to play?

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Electric Century
CBR – Public Domain #1

Public Domain #1
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