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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #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.

2099 Alpha #1/Fantastic Four 2099 #1 (Marvel) – Spider-Man’s next event that takes us to 2099 celebrating 80 years of Marvel and the popular comic line that’s 80 years from now.

Annihilation Scourge Alpha #1 (Marvel) – It’s the newest “Annihilation” story and it’s one hell of a ride. This is one for those who loved the original events.

Excalibur #2/Marauders #2 (Marvel) – “Dawn of X” continues and there’s potentially some interesting directions each of these series may go.

Heart Attack #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – It’s superpowers and teenage romance!

Heartbeat #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new twist on the vampire genre that we’re intrigued to check out.

Killswitch #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Some solid science fiction that involves precognatives on the run. The first issue was entertaining and we want to check out more.

Multo (Retrofit Comics) – A collection of autobiographical comics from Retrofit who have consistently released solid indie comics.

Olympia #1 (Image Comics) – An interesting new series that feels like a love letter to comics in general.

Once & Future #4 (BOOM! Studios) – Some great modern fantasy that’s full of action.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan, and Bill Sienkiewicz take on The Question in this new miniseries.

Review: Survive 300 Million 1

With Small Press Expo this weekend, we’re reviewing some of the comics that’ll be debuting at this year’s show!

Published by Retrofit Comics, Survive 300 Million 1 by Pat Aulisio is about a father and son team, Axel and Blaze, traverse the post-man ruinscape of the future. They stumble upon an advance reptilian base in the dulce mountains and have to face the inhabitants within.

What do we think? Find out!

You can purchase your own copy directly from Retrofit!

Review: The Prince

With Small Press Expo this weekend, we’re reviewing some of the comics that’ll be debuting at this year’s show!

Published by Retrofit Comics, The Prince by Liam Cobb is a trippy horror story that follows May, who is going through a bad marriage, but forms an unlikely friendship with a frog, who mysteriously turns up at her apartment as things between her and her husband deteriorate. Part animal comedy, part erotic thriller, The Prince is a strange, vengeful love story that tells the story of a woman and her pet.

What do we think? Find out!

You can purchase your own copy directly from Retrofit!

Review: The Winner

Retrofit Comics is known for publishing some amazing indie comics and I got a chance to read one of the entries from their latest Kickstarter to publish their 2018 lineup. The Winner is by Karl Stevens and only one word can describe it… amazing.

The Winner is a series of short comics, with a few longer ones, by Stevens that blends high and low art and explores the world of that in comics. Early on Stevens questions his place as an artist and from there explores the world with his life as well as creates fantastical worlds. There’s fantasy. There’s science fiction. And there’s slice of life. The 104 page graphic novel is a blending of topics that all have a theme laid out in the beginning, where does Stevens fit in comics and art?

Stevens wears his doubt in his sleeve. Though he received a Xeric Foundation grant, has been nominated for awards, where his style fits in the two worlds is an interesting one.

For the most part, Stevens delivers a painted style which looks absolutely gorgeous. With his wife as his muse the stories vary in topics but the style is pretty consistent and it just looks amazing. We’re talking art gallery worthy comic art. Beyond the short thoughts, Stevens delivers some longer form comics all of which evoke a trippy narrative that evokes Kirby and Starlin.

The package is award worthy material and shows the impeccable taste of Retrofit Comics. I constantly say when you see their name on a comic you know you’re in for quality and this graphic novel is a prime example of it. There’s some amazing shorts which took my breath away and others that had me laughing. No matter what, the material is easy to relate to and a style you’ll linger on.

It’s an absolute must get.

Story: Karl Stevens Art: Karl Stevens
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Retrofit Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Barrier #4 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – The digital series is now in print and it’s even better physically in our hands. Absolutely amazing and timely as the series explores barriers in geography, culture, genders, language, and more.

Black Panther #1 (Marvel) – A new direction for Black Panther and it’s VERY different for the character and series. So many unanswered questions.

The Flash #47 (DC Comics) – “Flash War” kicks off!

Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #1 (Marvel) – A mini-event in a way with numerous mini-series. They’ve shockingly been good so far.

Justice League: No Justice #3 (DC Comics) – It’s a turn off your brain popcorn event that’s a lot of fun to see the villains and heroes interacting. Some great moments in this one.

Lumberjanes #50 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s rare a comic makes it to fifty issues, even rarer for a smallish press comic to do so. Celebrate with this issue!

Skyward #2 (Image Comics) – Beyond creative and entertaining the story touches upon so many things like class struggle with a cool concept of a world where gravity is near gone.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Through the Mirror #4 (IDW Publishing) – The Mirror Universe comes into the Prime Universe and the story has been really entertaining. If you like the Mirror Universe Trek stories, you’ll love this.

Star Wars #48 (Marvel) – Well into an arc, we’ve been seeing the battle to liberate Mon Cala which is actually been pretty good and a solid addition to the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #20 (Marvel) – Basically the Star Wars version of Indiana Jones and boy does the series work. Just lots of fun and pure entertainment.

The Winner (Retrofit/Big Planet Comics) – Karl Stevens’ amazing graphic novel that’s beyond beautiful to read and look at. An amazing small press/indie comics that’s a must get.

X-O Manowar (2017) #15 (Valiant) – Epic is the only way to describe the story that writer Matt Kindt has been weaving with a series of artists. This issue marks a new jumping on point “Barbarians” that leads directly into Valiant’s next big event Harbinger Wars 2!

Review: The Winner

Retrofit Comics is known for publishing some amazing indie comics. I got a chance to read one of their newest releases early. The Winner is by Karl Stevens and only one word can describe it… amazing.

Check out my full review of this graphic novel that’s a must get.

You can order it now!

Review: The Winner

Retrofit Comics is known for publishing some amazing indie comics and with a Kickstarter currently running, I got a chance to read one of the entries for their latest early. The Winner is by Karl Stevens and only one word can describe it… amazing.

The Winner is a series of short comics, with a few longer ones, by Stevens that blends high and low art and explores the world of that in comics. Early on Stevens questions his place as an artist and from there explores the world with his life as well as creates fantastical worlds. There’s fantasy. There’s science fiction. And there’s slice of life. The 104 page graphic novel is a blending of topics that all have a theme laid out in the beginning, where does Stevens fit in comics and art?

Stevens wears his doubt in his sleeve. Though he received a Xeric Foundation grant, has been nominated for awards, where his style fits in the two worlds is an interesting one.

For the most part, Stevens delivers a painted style which looks absolutely gorgeous. With his wife as his muse the stories vary in topics but the style is pretty consistent and it just looks amazing. We’re talking art gallery worthy comic art. Beyond the short thoughts, Stevens delivers some longer form comics all of which evoke a trippy narrative that evokes Kirby and Starlin.

The package is award worthy material and shows the impeccable taste of Retrofit Comics. I constantly say when you see their name on a comic you know you’re in for quality and this graphic novel is a prime example of it. There’s some amazing shorts which took my breath away and others that had me laughing. No matter what, the material is easy to relate to and a style you’ll linger on. It’s an absolute must get.

You can back Retrofit Comics’ Kickstarter now and get The Winner when it’s published in May.

Story: Karl Stevens Art: Karl Stevens
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Retrofit Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Retrofit Comics 2018 Includes 12 new Graphic Novels. Now on Kickstarter

Retrofit Comics is one of the best kept secrets in comics publishing some of the best indie comic work out there. They comic company has a new Kickstarter which runs until April 27 where you can get their 2018 releases (and more).

If you get all 12 comics/graphic novels, you get them at over 50% off, and if that’s still too much, you can pick and choose what you want.

What’s on tap for 2018?

  • All the Sad Songs – Summer Pierre – a 104 page black and white softcover graphic memoir.
  • Fashion Forecasts – Yumi Sakugawa – 72 color pages and explores fashion in a not-so-distant future.
  • I Love You – Sara Lautman – 72 color pages, collects stories and strips from 2017.
  • John, Dear – Laura Lannes – This 48 page comic is about a bad relationship.
  • Our Wretched Town Hall – Eric Kostiuk Williams – 64 color pages, explores a whole bunch of trippy subjects.
  • The Prince – Liam Cobb – 120 two color pages, this softcover graphic novel is a take on the Frog Prince fairytale.
  • Survive 300 Million 1 – Pat Aulisio – this 76 color paged comic traverses the post-man ruinscape of the future.
  • Survive 300 Million 2: Serpentine Captives – Pat Aulisio – is a 92 page color graphic novel and the second of the series.
  • The Troublemakers – Baron Yoshimoto – a 248 black and white graphic novel is a collection of some of the best stories of Yoshimoto.
  • TRUMPTRUMP vol. 2: Modern Day Presidential – Warren Craghead III – 208 black and white pages of grotesque portraits of Donald Trump and his minions.
  • Understanding – Becca Tobin – 100 color pages of short stories about going to parties, spending money on stuff, voyeurism and ritual.
  • The Winner – Karl Stevens – 104 color pages hat dissects the line between the worlds of high and low art.

You can find out more about each project including preview art. Go back it now, you won’t be disappointed.

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