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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ash & Thorn #2

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Ash & Thorn #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an unlikely champion of Earth. The series seems to be having fun with expectations and tropes from that genre with a nice mix of humor to it.

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been doing some top-notch work when it comes to this pocket of stories and this return to the world is full of dread and heartbreak… and that’s just the first issue!

Eat and Love Yourself (BOOM! Studios) – Magic chocolate allows a young woman to revisit her past. The concept sounds really intriguing and creative.

Eight-Lane Runaways (Fantagraphics) – A new graphic novel about the world of running with a magical twist. We’re still not quite sure what this one’s about but the cover and description text has us wanting to find out more.

Empyre: Fantastic Four #0 (Marvel) – The first zero issue to come out of this anticipated event was solid and we’re excited to see what else is to come. What went from a shrug is now very intriguing.

Ginseng Roots #5 (Uncivilized Books) – One of the best comics out right now, Craig Thompson explores growing up in the world of ginseng.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press) – Tom Scioli’s biography of the great Jack Kirby.

Join the Future #3 (AfterShock) – This future western explores the idea of modernization and the exploitation that comes with it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The twist of the first issue was predictable but we really want to see where this noir/mystery goes.

Quantum & Woody #4 (Valiant) – The first three issues have been a whole lot of fun and we’re expecting the same from this finale.

Strange Academy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun and we’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the series. Think young magic users at a school set in the Marvel universe.

Preview: Quantum & Woody #4 (of 4)

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by RAHZZAH
Preorder Cover by GURIHIRU
Extra Virgin Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale JULY 8th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US |T+

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits!
What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed in the miniseries finale!

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Valiant Hero Of The Week: Doctor Mirage, Divinity, Quantum and Woody, and Animalia

Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on their Twitter feed to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the Hero Of The Week from four choices – this week, the poll features Ninjak, Doctor Mirage, Quantum & Woody and Animalia. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways, and more.

At Graphic Policy, we’re going to be running a spotlight on the winning character all week through various features depending on the character, but at the very least you’ll see our favorite covers and stories.

But Valiant has a lot of great characters, and it’d be a shame to not let you know which stories to read to get to know some of them a little more in case they don’t end up winning the fan vote. This week’s characters are a prime example of this, and the exact reason that we wanted to shine a little light on all four ahead of the week.

Below you’ll find a brief snapshot of the character and a trade paperback or two to check out. For fun, I’ll also note who I think is most likely to win (bear in mind this is being written on Sunday).


Doctor Mirage

Who is she? Shan Fong. A woman who can communicate with the dead, including her late husband Hwen (who is the Doctor Mirage from the original Valiant run that began in the 90’s). She is also a former reality television star and a woman versed in magic. If there’s a supernatural threat, then Doctor Mirage is going to be the first person that the general public turn to.

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage

What should you read?

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead…but the only spirit Shan Fong can’t find is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America’s favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classified military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she’s ever tackled – how to get Hwen back. Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld, if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves…or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.


I copied the above directly from Valiant’s website because I couldn’t remember much about the book other than I really enjoyed the story, which is great because this also happens to be a great place to pick up the character’s story.

Purchase: AmazonKindlecomiXologyTFAW


Divinity

Who is he? One of the three most powerful beings in the Valiant universe, Divinity was a Russian Cosmonaut who gained phenomenal power, and can manipulate reality as he sees fit. Essentially a man who has become a god. Fortunately, he is also a pacifist and just wants to be left to himself. You can imagine how that ends up.

Divinty

What should you read?

Divinity

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic Divinity offer his hand in friendship, or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?


The above text, again taken from Valiant’s website, describes a four-issue miniseries that introduces the character, and is an example of some of the best stuff Valiant put out. Divinity kicks off a four-part epic encompassing the Divinity trilogy and culminating in Eternity. Regardless of whether Divinity wins the poll this week or not, I highly recommend you reading the books.

Purchase: Amazon – Kindle – comiXology – TFAW


Quantum and Woody

Quantum And Woody: The World's Worst Superhero Team

Who are they? Yes, they. While one can wonder about the technicality of including two characters as one, Quantum and Woody are inseparable. Including one and not the other would make as much sense as playing football without a ball. It’s just not the same. Quantum and Woody are adoptive brothers who must touch the golden bracelets on their arms once every 24 hours or they’ll explode into nothingness – potentially taking the planet with them. That the brothers are polar opposites only makes the comics even better; Eric Henderson, aka Quantum, hides his identity to protect those around him because he wants to be a hero. Woody Henderson doesn’t. He’s all about the fame.

What should you read?

Quantum And Woody: The World’s Worst Superhero Team

Honestly, the Quantum and Woody story I’m the most taken with is the one being released currently. However, that’s not ideal for you if you’re looking to check them out now because the last two issues will be released…. eventually. Instead, then, I’ll point you to Quantum And Woody: The World’s Worst Superhero Team because it’ll introduce these guys to you in the most honest way possible. The title alone should give you an idea as to what you should expect; this book isn’t dark and moody but is injected with humor as it deals with the estranged brother’s relationship and their new place in the world.

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback)KindlecomiXologyBookshopTFAW


Animalia

Generation Zero: We Are the Future

Who Is She? A former child soldier for Project Rising Spirit, Animalia was one of the psiots rescued by Bloodshot during the first Harbinger Wars. Her psiot abilities allow her to create constructs of animals (real or imagined), which in turn grant her incredible strength and durability and flight (though within the construct she is still vulnerable).

What Should You Read?

Generation Zero: We Are The Future

Generation Zero: We Are The Future may not be her first appearance, but since that has been recommended numerous times across the Bloodshot, Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada, rather than recommend Harbinger Wars and the final volume of Harbinger, I think that this volume is also worthy of a look.

The Generation Zero story has the young psiots that were rescued from Project Rising Spirit offering up their services to other kids who are being downtrodden, who need help, and have nowhere to go. It’s kinda like the Littlest Hobo meets the X-Men, and it works better than you’d expect.

Purchase: AmazonKindlecomiXologyBookshop


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Valiant has Revealed its Updated Summer Publishing Schedule

Valiant Entertainment has revealed its updated publishing schedule for Summer 2020 after consulting with comic retailers and partners throughout the industry.

Through August, Valiant will complete the fun and critically-acclaimed limited series Doctor Tomorrow and Quantum & Woody! The ongoing sci-fi series RAI is back with a brand-new story arc and a trade paperback collecting the first fan-favorite story for only $9.99! Plus: a new edition of Bloodshot #7, which kicks off a thrilling new story, arrives with eight pages of bonus content, including an interview with the hero’s co-creator Kevin Vanhook!

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes!

It’s the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hadrian stands against the Valiant Universe!

On sale JUNE 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by  HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JUNE 15th

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits!

What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!

On sale JULY 8th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

DOCTOR TOMORROW #4 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 6th

The true origin of Doctor Tomorrow is finally revealed!

Can Bart Simms ready himself in time to rescue the Universe from complete annihilation?

On sale JULY 29th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #4 (of 5)

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 13th

Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures.

The cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future. Side by side with his prototype and predecessor – the robot boy called Raijin – the spirit guardian of the fallen nation of New Japan will journey into the wastelands of Earth to set right the wrongs of their onetime overlord once and for all.

Multiple New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins forces with breathtaking artist Juan José Ryp (X-O MANOWAR) to begin the essential sci-fi series of the next two thousand years!

Collecting RAI (2019) #1–5.

On sale AUGUST 5th | 208 pages, full color | $9.99 US | T+

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

BLOODSHOT #7 “FULLY LOADED” EDITION

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MARC LAMING
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 20th

An explosive new story starts here

Featuring Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot on the cover, the BLOODSHOT #7 “Fully Loaded” Edition is packed with eight epic pages of bonus content that includes new artwork, classified information, and commentary from Bloodshot’s co-creator KEVIN VANHOOK!

On sale AUGUST 12th | 40 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

BLOODSHOT #7 "FULLY LOADED" EDITION

RAI #6

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by NETHO DIAZ
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 27th

A brand-new arc of the critically-acclaimed series begins here!

Rai and Raijin are drafted into the positronic Roman legions to face a savage threat.

On sale AUGUST 19th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

RAI #6

DOCTOR TOMORROW #5 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by KELLY FITZPATRICK
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is AUGUST 3rd

After a universe-spanning journey, Doctor Tomorrow must face his greatest foe yet — himself!

Will the combined forces of the Valiant Universe be enough to avert total annihilation?

After the epic conclusion will there be a tomorrow?

On sale AUGUST 26th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #5 (of 5)

Exclusive: Christopher Hastings Talks Quantum and Woody Plus an Exclusive Look at issue 4!

Quantum & Woody is the world’s worst, to us one of the best, superhero teams. Fans will be able to get their hands on the finale to the current volume, Quantum & Woody #4, on July 8 with the final order cut off on June 15th from writer Christopher Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, colors by Ruth Redmond, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits! What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!

Quantum & Woody #4

Writer Christopher Hastings talked to us about the series and we have an exclusive first look at the final issue.

Graphic Policy: Before we get started, I’ve got to warn you that the first three issues have been some of my favorite comics from the last year. I’m really enjoying the approach you’re taking with the story and the characters; how did you end up writing the World’s Worst superheroes?

Christopher Hastings: Well, thank you very much! I’ve been a lifetime fan of these characters, and it’s a massive honor to contribute to their ongoing story. As for how I wound up writing them, that’s all on our editor, Heather Antos. Heather was my editor on Unbelievable Gwenpool, and thank goodness it seems like I did a good enough job that she thought I would be good for Valiant’s best action-comedy characters.

GP: As I read the first three issues, I’ve noticed that the creative team has been in a groove from the first page. Did you know any of the creative team prior to the first issue?

CH: As our scheduling went, I don’t think we actually had our full team set by the time I finished the script for the fourth issue, which is unusual. Heather and Valiant really did me a kindness as far as getting the story down well ahead of time, which allowed us all to really make sure that the story across all the issues is cohesive. That said, Ryan Browne and I came up in a similar time of webcomics, and I think we always had similar sensibilities, so when Heather suggested putting us together, it was a no-brainer. Ryan and I are two celestial objects that have been in a decaying orbit for years, and Quantum and Woody is the project where we finally collided.

GP: How does working with Valiant differ from working with other publishers?

CH: I think the biggest thing is how much I’ve been able to get to know the sales and marketing folks. These are the people who take my insane little fantasies and have to get them into comic shops. It’s been a really wonderful experience getting to talk to them on a regular basis, take road trips to signings with them, and just get to see what that side of the comics industry looks like. It’s easy for the writer of a comic to be removed from the whole picture, but with Valiant, I feel like I get to be along for the whole trip, from inception to every individual reader.

GP: Do you approach writing for an ongoing series differently than a miniseries?

CH: Certainly! If I know a miniseries is 4 issues, I’m not going to introduce something in issue 2 that I’ll “pick up later”. When I write, I’m really conscious of the beats of various plots, and I want to make sure there is room for all of them. I don’t want to do a beat 1 and 2 if I can’t do a 3.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Each issue so far has essentially been a self-contained story; did the series initially set out that way, or did it evolve as you were writing?

CH: This was probably my top priority/artistic goal when I got the chance to even just pitch for Quantum & Woody. I miss episodic comics, and I wanted to make a real effort at putting them out myself. A comedy is especially well suited for this style of serialized storytelling. Drop in for a particularly funny issue, even if you haven’t read the previous! You can watch any episode of Cheers without seeing another one. Why can’t we do that in comics? I’ve also read just about every comic Marvel put out in the 60s thanks to their Essential collections, and it was the same there. If it’s good enough for Stan Lee, it’s good enough for me.

GP: Can you talk a little about your inspiration behind Woody’s “disguise” in the first issue? I thought that the sewer sequence was a great reminder to not see what you wanted to see.

CH: Clark Kent can convince people he isn’t Superman with a dumpy suit, glasses, and his hair parted on the other side of his head. Why can’t Woody?

GP: You’ve been using the brother’s powers in unique ways throughout the series; do you ever feel you’re in danger of making them competent heroes?

CH: Haha, no I think they are far enough down on the ability ladder that it left some room for them to get a little better without totally destroying their entire deal. That said, one of my favorite things in comedy is when the all around idiot happens to show off the one tiny thing they are good at. A little bit of competence goes a long way as far as character likability goes.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Ryan Browne’s linework and layouts have been really exciting at times in this book, especially around the ice-skating scene. I’m always interested in how much direction writers give to artists in scenes such as those. Did it come out how you expected?

CH: Ryan is in my favorite class of artist where he can look at a fairly specific, panel-by-panel, shot-by-shot written out script, see what I’m *actually* trying to communicate, and make changes from the script to do it better, punching up the whole thing. Ryan gets down everything important in the story, and then he just PEPPERS the rest of it with a million fun extra things. It makes the book a very satisfying one to reread several times, honestly.

GP: Was there anything you wanted to include in this series, but had to end up saving it for the next?

CH: I have SO MANY ideas for what I would want to do with Quantum and Woody after this. I sure hope I get the chance. Fingers crossed x1M.

GP: If you could write any other Valiant character, who would it be?

CH: Top choice is easily Archer & Armstrong. Such a great premise, great world, infinite potential for hijinks. Close for second place is Ninjak, just because I am a long time fan. And third place, I’d love to do Bloodshot like an 80s action movie.

GP: Thanks so much for answering our questions!


Check out the exclusive preview below!

You Can Stay Valiant at Home with the Valiant Hero of the Week

VALIANT HERO OF THE WEEK

There’s a new way to stay Valiant while you stay home: Valiant Hero of the Week!

We want to offer some entertainment and escapism for Valiant fans during this challenging period. Every Monday for the next several weeks, Valiant will post a poll on Twitter that features four heroes, and the fans will determine who becomes the Valiant Hero of the Week! Once a hero is selected by the end of Monday, they will be celebrated throughout the week with:

  • Engaging social content encouraging fans to share their favorite art, covers, stories, and more
  • Free PDFs featuring the hero
  • Videos from Valiant staff saying why they love the hero and suggesting ways to celebrate
  • Giveaways
  • And more!

Valiant Hero of the Week kicks off on Monday (March 30th) and the first poll will feature Bloodshot, Punk Mambo, Quantum & Woody, and Ninjak. Who will you vote for?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Falcon and Winter Soldier #1

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.

2020 Force Works #1 (Marvel) – Spinning out of the “2020” mini-event a team must come together to take on the robot revolution!

Amethyst #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry in the Wonder Comics line, that puts the character in the spotlight after her reintroduction in Young Justice.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel) – Can a comic capture the big screen fun that is this buddy cop duo?

Far Sector #4 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – One of the best Green Lantern titles in years, the story is top notch and art is jaw dropping amazing.

Finger Guns #1 (Vault Comics) – Two teenagers find out they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns.

Hidden Society #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series from Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque introduce us to a world of wizards, deities, demons, and danger.

Leviathan Dawn #1 (DC Comics) – The next chapter after Event Leviathan. The heroes fight back!

Quantum & Woody #2 (Valiant) – The world’s worst superhero duo is always fun and full of humor and laughs.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika #1 (IDW Publishing) – The newest Turtle embarks on a solo adventure that explores her past and present.

Tomorrow #1 (Dark Horse) – A Russian computer virus has jumped the sepcies barrier and wiped out most of the adult population. Interesting concept that might be a bit too on the nose for today’s news.

Preview: Quantum and Woody #1

QUANTUM AND WOODY #2

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by JOE QUINONES
Cover C by REILLY BROWN
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TODD NAUCK
Cover E 1/20 “Extra Virgin” Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale FEBRUARY 26 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers!
But can Woody’s new visions of the future be trusted when it leads the duo to face their arch-rival DOCTOR TOILET?!
(No, they most certainly cannot.)

QUANTUM AND WOODY #2

Quantum & Woody Go on a (Signing) Tour Plus Get an Exclusive Cover

Celebrate the release of Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) with writer Christopher Hastings and Ryan Browne!

The world’s best comic book creator duo will be at shops to talk about the world’s worst superhero duo from Wednesday, January 29th to Wednesday, February 5th. Each shop will have the Christopher Hastings exclusive variant (amazing Tango & Cash homage pictured below). See below for details.

Quantum and Woody #1 tour variant

Wednesday, January 29th
Christopher Hastings at Bulletproof Comics
Brooklyn, NY
Starts at 5:00pm

Wednesday, January 29th
Ryan Browne at Challenger Comics + Conversation
Chicago, IL
River North location starts at 4:00pm
Bucktown location starts at 6:00pm

Friday, January 31st
Christopher at Forbidden Planet
New York, NY
Starts at 6:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Christopher at East Side Mags
Montclair, NJ
Starts at 1:00pm

Saturday, February 1st
Ryan at Kowabunga Comics
Oconomowoc, WI 
Starts at 12:00pm

Wednesday, February 5th
Christopher at October Country Comics
New Paltz, NY
Starts at 4:00pm 

We recommend showing up early to the signings, just to be safe. Please contact the comic shops directly for more information.

Quantum & Woody #1 (of 4) is on sale on January 29th.

Quantum & Woody Return in 2020 by Christopher Hastings, Ryan Browne, Ruth Redmond, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Supervillains and mad scientists are on the loose and only the world’s worst superhero duo can save us in an all-new Quantum & Woody series!

This January, superstar scribe Christopher Hastings and astonishing artist Ryane Browne present Quantum & Woody #1, a side-splitting superhero adventure and the first brand-new title from #VALIANT2020! Feast your eyes on fun pages from the debut issue below and enjoy the ride!

The best team-up ever begins in Quantum & Woody #1 on January 29th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by David NakayamaDavid LopezDave Johnson, and Erica Henderson.

QUANTUM & WOODY #1
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