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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rebels #1 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: Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood takes us to the past, the American Revolutionary War, in a new series that might be historical, but has some solid themes and points that reverberate today. Having read the first issue, it’s beyond fantastic and well worth checking out.

Convergence: The Questions #1 (DC Comics) – It’s written by Greg Rucka and art by Cully Hammer. Do you need any more reason to check out this comic? Out of everything to spin out of DC’s Convergence event, this one has me the most excited.

Copra Round Two (Bergen Street Comics) – Michel Fiffe’s Copra might seem like a knock-off of the Suicide Squad at first, but the series has evolved into a voice all its own. You probably can’t get individual issues in your store, but this trade collects what you’ve been missing out on.

Evil Empire #12 (BOOM! Studios) – I swear when I interviewed writer Max Bemis before the series launched it was going to be longer. But this is it in an oversized final issue. The series has focused on a President whose take over and brought pure chaos to the US. No idea how it’ll all wrap up in one final issue.

Imperium #3 (Valiant) – Speaking of crazy world leaders…. Valiant has taken on the concept of super human beings living in the real world head-on with this series which focuses on Toyo Harada attempting to bring about a Utopia, even if he has to fight and kill for it.

Edward

Top Pick: Grimm Fairy Tales White Queen #3 (Zenescope) – This miniseries has been compact and entertaining while also revealing some interesting bits of Calie’s past.  The promised White Queen versus Trickster battle looks pretty cool too.

Deep State #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The unexpected success of the first story arc drew many in and didn’t let them go.  It will be interesting to see what the creative time has lined up for an encore.

Jungle Girl Season 3 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A modern take on the jungle girl genre of the golden age.  This series doesn’t hold anything back in making the genre relevant to today’s readers.

Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – This is a strange time and place for a comic book story to be set in (the American Revolutionary Wars), but it tells the first part of what seems like a compelling story.

Spider-Woman #6 (Marvel) – The reboot within a reboot was impressive enough.  It will be interesting to see where they take Jessica from here.

 

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

Preview: Rebels #1

REBELS #1

Brian Wood (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Jordie Bellaire (C), and Tula Lotay (Cover)
FOC—3/16/2015; On sale—4/8/2015

In a rush of great public resistance to an oppressive and excessive government, a homegrown militia movement is formed in rural America. This is not 2015, but 1775. With the war for independence playing out across the colonies, young Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn, as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide.

Rebels #1 cover

 

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing now that the weather is getting nicer?

Around the Tubes

Variety – Oscar-Nominated ‘Dam Keeper’ Filmmakers Set Graphic Novel Deal, Developing Feature – Interesting. Still don’t know anything about the film.

The Outhousers – The People’s Reset: DC’s Very Stupid Day – Bwahahahaha

Fantasy Flight Games – Announcing 2015 Regional Championship Locations – Did you luck out and one’s by you?

Washington Post – D.C. comic books get a nudge at Smudge – If you’re in the DC area, the show is free!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Detective Comics: End Game #1

ICv2 – Exquisite Corpse HC

The Outhousers – Godzilla: Cataclysm

Bleeding Cool – Help Us! Great Warrior #2

CBR – Howard the Duck #1

Kotaku – Howard the Duck #1

The Beat – Lola XOXO #6

CBR – Ninjak #1

The Beat – Rebels #1

CBR – Rebels #1

Bleeding Cool – Sinergy #5

IGN – Star Wars #3

CBR – The Walking Dead #138

Advance Review: Rebels #1

Rebels #1 coverIn a rush of great public resistance to an oppressive and excessive government, a homegrown militia movement is formed in rural America. This is not 2015, but 1775. With the war for independence playing out across the colonies, young Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn, as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide.

Rebels, out April 8, continues writer Brian Wood‘s habit of exploring politics and the notion of right and wrong through engrossing storytelling in comics. In this new series he’s doing that by taking us into the past and the American Revolution. This is a period piece in comic form and goes all in using language from the time, which may sway you’re interest.

To me, it seems like Wood did his research, not just showing it in the language, but events and issues that were faced during that time period. I can’t say how historically accurate it all is (I’m not an expert in that area), but it’s absolutely entertaining, and thought-provoking. In today’s world where wer’re still debating liberty and tyranny, Rebels is yet another timely relevant comic, much like his previous series Demo, Channel Zero, Mara, The New York Four, DMZ, and more. If anything, Rebels feels like a sister book to Wood’s DMZ which explored many of the same themes in a future during the Second American Civil War.

It’s not just themes the two books share. Each hones in on individuals through their eyes and experiences the story is told. The first issue is mainly about Seth and Mercy, a young couple, embracing independence and love in the midst of war, and that small touch of romance keeps the comic from just being a straight up “war comic” in an early time period.

Wood is joined by Andrea Mutti, whose art is fantastic giving every individual a distinct look, and bringing the dirty grittiness of the world to life. It continues Mutti’s solid work, and his style that’s been shown off in other works like Evil Empire, The Returning and more. The style just fits the series content and setting quite well.

In the first issue, the focus is the smaller community, and the individual, and by the end we’re reminded that those smaller communities provide incredible insight, but also the greatest change. The smallest voice can have the biggest impact, and that enough of those small voices together can help shape the world for the better. In just the first issue, Wood reminds us of that, and at the same time questions how far we’ve truly come as a nation.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Andrea Mutti
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

 

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse Kicks Off the Show Announcing 12 Creator-Owned Series

Dark Horse Comics is kicking this year’s San Diego Comic-Con off right, announcing twelve new creator-owned series from twelve creative teams that will take the world’s most popular art form to new levels through 2015!

Colder: The Bad Seed

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
On sale October 22, 2014

Life goes on for Declan Thomas after his deadly encounter with the psychotic Nimble Jack, but Declan’s strange powers continue to develop, offering him a profound connection with the nature of insanity. Little does he know that the malevolent Swivel wishes to pick up where Nimble Jack left off!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.

Writer: Mike Mignola with John Arcudi
Artist: Alexander Maleev
On sale December 3, 2014

A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . .

Lady Killer

Writers: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich
Artist: Joëlle Jones
On sale January 7, 2015

The Schullers are every bit the American family: father, mother, and twin girls. Daddy has a good job, and though he works in the city, he can afford a nice house for his family in the suburbs. It’s a good place for the kids to grow up, away from the crime and questionable morals of city life. But what if the crime and the violence aren’t that far away? What if Mom isn’t just a housekeeper and a cook, but she’s also a highly paid professional assassin?

Dead Vengeance

Writer: Bill Morrison
Artist: Stéphane Roux
On sale January 21, 2015

It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all, he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang. But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead?

EI8HT

Creators: Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson
Coming February 2015

Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him there, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.

Neverboy

Writer: Shaun Simon
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
On sale March 4, 2015!

In what world do you belong?

Neverboy, an abandoned imaginary friend, wants the real world. Julian Drag, a struggling artist, wants the imaginary.
When Neverboy’s drugs wear off, the surreal hangover he’s been running from sets in. And a trip down the rabbit hole is just what Julian has been dying for. When these two meet, the real and the imaginary worlds collide in absolute chaos. Julian and Neverboy, the dreamer and the dream, will have to face who they are in order to put things right again.

The Black Hammer

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dean Ormston
On sale March 11, 2015

They were the greatest heroes of a lost era. But the age of heroes is over, and Abraham Slam, Col. Weird, Golden Gail, Barbalien, and Madame Dragonfly have been wiped out of continuity! Following a cosmic battle known only as the Event, the heroes awoke on a farm in a small town they are unable to leave, with the massive iron hammer of a fallen teammate the only reminder of the world they came from. As their tenth anniversary on Black Hammer Farm nears, they’ve largely given up on any chance of return, until the arrival of the Black Hammer’s daughter throws their new existence into chaos! The Black Hammer is part human drama, part multiverse-spanning adventure, and part journey into the DNA of the superhero genre!

PastAways

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Scott Kolins
On sale March 18, 2015

When a deep-time research mission goes awry, four future explorers find themselves stranded in our present, where a side effect of their mission grants them unexpected immortality! As further time breaches cause dinosaurs to appear in Greece and buildings from the future to crash into Toronto, the unlikely heroes find themselves humanity’s best line of defense from the onslaught of time itself! The team achieves worldwide fame, and their adventures become more and more bizarre, even as their failure to get back to their own time leads to infighting and catastrophe!

Rebels

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Cover Artist: Tula Lotay
Coming April 2015

From Brian Wood, the creator of DMZ, Northlanders, and The Massive, comes Rebels, a gritty, ground-level look at the men and women who fought to win independence from tyranny and those who would stand in their way.
Cocreator Andrea Mutti (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) illustrates the opening story, introducing us to the Green Mountain Boys, America’s first militia, and one young couple’s journey across the battlefields of New England. Colorist Jordie Bellaire and cover artist Tula Lotay complete the team with gorgeous palettes and striking illustrations.

Harrow County

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
On sale April 8, 2015

“Her earliest memories were of the taste of freshly turned earth and the bleating of goats.”
There’s them that say you ought not get lost in Harrow County. Because once you lose your way among the pines and briar thistles and those sweet-smelling scuppernong, you won’t never find your way back. Born on the very day a hateful witch was put to violent death, seventeen-year-old Emmy has always felt a bit lost . . . but never alone. The deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawl with ghosts, goblins, and the restless dead. These haints whisper to Emmy, promising her that she has great power, warning her that the people of Harrow County want her dead.

Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird

Writer: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Artist: Joëlle Jones
On sale May 20, 2015

A year after Dancy Flammarion’s death in a burning barn, her seraph comes to collect her from a hell of her own creation. A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South: murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, Dancy must face down demons, both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind.

Fight Club 2

Writer: Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Cover Artist: David Mack
Coming May 2015

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