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Joe’s Corner: What to Buy this Wednesday

Joe goes over the comic book and trade paperback releases for the week of July 18th 2018, gives what he is going to read, as well as some the top comic books of the week that others may be reading, and recommends some other series as well. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Comics I Pull:

Avengers #5 Marvel Comics
Batman #51 DC Comics
Cable #159 Marvel Comics
The Immortal Hulk #3 Marvel Comics
Infinity Countdown #5 Marvel Comics
Justice League #4 DC Comics
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #307 Marvel Comics
Runaways #11 Marvel Comics
Thor #3 Marvel Comics
Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 Marvel Comics

Other recommended comics:

Gideon Falls #5 Image Comics
Royal City #12 Image Comics
UPDATE: Ether: The Copper Golems #3 Dark Horse Comics
UPDATE: Injustice vs He-Man and Masters of the Universe #1 DC Comics

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week with lots of news and more coming up. What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below! Here’s some news and reviews you might have missed while you were out having fun.

The Mary Sue – Female-Led Investment Group Buys the Weinstein Company Assets – Very nice twist to things.



Herts Advertiser – Astonishing X-Men: Life of X

Comic Attack – Bloodborne #1

Herts Advertiser – Marvel Legacy #1

Talking Comics – Redneck #10

Talking Comics – Royal City #10

The Beat – Speak

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.


Top Pick: Curse Words Vol. 2 TP (Image) – Charles Soule and Ryan Browne have done such a great job on this book. For Christmas I like to buy graphic novels as gifts, and the first volume of this series made the list. If you like goofy titles with some great art, look no further than this series featuring Wizord, the wizard with an attitude, and a talking koala.

Mister Miracle #6 (DC Comics) – Tom King and Mitch Gerads have done a great job on this book, and doing it in their own original way. This is a totally different take on the Scott Free you may (or may not) know. This gets us halfway through the 12 issue limited series.

Royal City #9 (Image) – A return to the form that lets Lemire shine. Here he does the art, and the writing and both go so well together. This series touches on small town America, loss, and real family problems that are relatable.



Top Pick: Phoenix Resurrection #3 (Marvel) – This has been a trippy ride so far, and I am living for every second of it. The nods to X-Men dead and gone, mentions of past writers from X-Men history and a story that has you second guessing everything equals a story that I haven’t really seen before, and I can’t wait for my girl to FINALLY make her return to the Marvel Universe and to see where she’s going to go from there.

Avengers #675 (Marvel) – Something BIG must be happening to bring all the Avengers teams together to face it. I’m excited to see all the teams join forces and curious to see what this new cosmic threat will bring. Maybe erase Secret Empire from our memories? One can hope.

X-Men Blue #19 (Marvel) – The last couple of issues have been fun, seeing the team bounce through different periods of time, meeting alternate versions of X-Men and being told they’re the reason the various times are so dark and bleak. Is it really the fault of the X-Men? I’m still pointing my finger at the furry blue guy who brought them all through time in the first place. But, still curious to see where this all leads.

X-Men Gold Annual #1 (Marvel) – Excalibur reunion! The cover is enough to get me excited for this annual. And look, Brian and Megan are parents, awwww!



Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The fact this series has been turned into an ongoing has me beyond excited. On its surface this series is giant robots being piloted by kids, but underneath there’s also a story about class and privilege. A fantastic all ages series that’s one of my favorites being published today.

Action Comics #995 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold and Superman running around time! So far the storyline has had a great retro vibe to it all and there’s the march to issue #1000! Really exciting to see where this series and character is going.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – My favorite of the Catalyst Prime comics is their take on the classic speedster superhero. There’s just something fun about it all and how it’s differing itself from all of the others out there.

Coyotes #3 (Image Comics) – A multilayered story that could be about a young girl fighting werewolves or it could be a deeper story about the exploitation of women and immigrants and fighting against the abuse they endure.

Old Man Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) – I loved the character in the original story and have been wonder how this miniseries will hold up. We’ll find out soon I guess and I’m excited to revisit this future world.

Looking forward, looking back: Royal City #1-5 retrospective

A few weeks ago at my local comic shop, I got to talking to a fellow comics fan, a guy who was looking to dig into a few new titles. He was looking for something with a solid story, sympathetic characters, a sense of catharsis – everything that the traditional cape stories he was taking a break from didn’t provide.

“Jeff Lemire,” I suggested.

“Which titles?” he asked.

I repeated, “Jeff Lemire.”

I am admittedly late to the train when it comes to Lemire’s work; scores of voices louder and stronger than mine have preceded my enthusiasm for his library of stories. There is nevertheless something worth saying about a creator whose entire collection is noteworthy, so much that when a reader inquires about fresh material you only need mention the author’s name to know that anything they pick up will be golden.

My new friend left the shop with a copy of A.D.: After Death, Lemire and Scott Snyder’s fantastic three-issue sci-fi-with-a-twinge-of-pathos epic. His interest in limited series over monthly runs meant a pass on Lemire’s work on Moon Knight, an introspective take on a decidedly offbeat character, and, most unfortunately, a pass on the first story arc for Lemire’s most interesting ongoing project: Royal City.

I’m five issues in at the time of this writing and eagerly awaiting the drop of issue six, what will be the beginning of the second story arc for the series, and not since Ales Kot’s run of Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier have I had less of an idea of where a story is heading yet been so keenly invested in its characters. Lemire’s way of worldbuilding is at once lush, nuanced and full, and barebones, veiled, and reserved. His characters come into themselves as much through what is left unsaid as through what is known, leaving a great deal of their motivations and pasts up to the speculation of the reader. His environments, owed to his signature art style and washed out, weathered coloring, are bleak in the best possible sense of the word. As in A.D. and Trillium, Lemire balances humanity with fantasy in a way that allows for fantastic events – the voice of a dead boy hauntingly reaching out to his father through a radio, for instance – to occur without a blink.

Like many of Lemire’s works, Royal City plays with the idea of breakdowns in communication and the degradation of relationships in light of significant trauma. The specifics of the Pike family’s tragedy and just how young Tommy met his end are as-of-yet undefined, and nevertheless I am invested in the goings-on of their fragmented attempts to cling to what was.  With patrons as fickle as the comics audience can be, a story like Lemire’s is shaping up to be can be something of a gamble; taking five issues – as many months and then some – on what amounts to the build-up of the impetus  for everything that has come to pass has alienated other works, causing them to fold long before their time because the investment was never-quite-there. Where Lemire succeeds and others fail is I believe in his focus on the journey rather than the payoff, on his attention to the pathos of his characters and all that they experience along the way. We may not know what it is that has caused Tommy Pike to have such a significant impact on those he left behind, but it is in those character’s interactions with his fleeting memory – be it his strung-out teenage self, or the wide-eyed innocence of his youth, or the wizened, pragmatic Tommy that serves as a spirit guide in issue five’s culminating exchange – that paradoxically make those details all the more and less important.

The second story arc of Royal City begins with issue six in a week’s time and promises a trip back in time: into the early nineties, and to a time when young Tommy Pike was more than an agonized projection of his siblings’ guilt. The story promises more of Lemire’s excellent worldbuilding to bring us into a world at home and apace with the titular setting: a town that hasn’t changed much in two decades, and whose aversion to the times seems poised to drag it to ruin. It’s the kind of small town that exists, for me, in my memories: it isn’t my home town but at the same time it is, in many respects, and it’s the kind of place that I can look on with contempt and nostalgia in equal parts – and I’m certain I’m not alone in those feelings.

Like the Pikes, we find ourselves drawn to what was, sometimes inescapably so, be it for the best or otherwise.

Royal City #6 is set to hit your shops October 11th. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can still catch up.

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.


Top Pick: Ragman #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve always been fond of this character: a Jewish vigilante preying on Gotham City criminals by harnessing the strength of the Souls of the Guilty as a redemptive force to help them reach heaven. Originally created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert back in 1976, he is now reimagined by the capable Ray Fawkes and Inaki Miranda.

Catalyst Prime Noble Vol 2 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Thus begins the second arc as Noble continues his quest to uncover the truth, but spurns his wife who must now fight to get the husband she knew back. It is penned by Brandon Thomas with art by Roger Robinson; and this week features a brilliant cover by Khary Randoph and Emilio Lopez!

Dying and the Dead #6 (Image Comics) – For a while I thought Hickman and Bodenheim had given up on this project. I’m glad they continued with the series centered on an aged commando team doing the dirty work for a secretive sect of Immortals.

BabyTeeth #5 (AfterShock Comics) – Donny Cates has been belting hit after hit, and this is no exception. marines, assassins, mom, and her newborn Antichrist are the frontliners in this well written action-packed series, featuring art by Garry Brown.

Grass Kings #8 (BOOM! Studios) – A well-crafted mystery series set in a fringe town of outcasts, produced by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins.





Top Pick: Dark Knights: Metal #3 (DC Comics) – This event/story has been so crazy that it just works. Even the tie in books with Gotham Resistance, and all of the other Dark Knights has kept me excited and interested in something that’s creepy, bizarre, and fun. I am throwing up the devil horns on this one! Highly recommended!

Mister Miracle #3 (DC Comics) – Tom King is one of the best writers around, and most people would agree with that. Now add in an older and fun Kirby character and much like King did with Vision, throw him into something new, and you have an edge of your seat formula. King does vulnerable very good, and this has been fantastic so far.

Despicable Deadpool #287 (Marvel) – Deadpool vs. Cable, or at least that’s what this book is making us think. It’s a classic fight between two over the top characters that are getting ready to buddy up or fight in the Deadpool 2 movie. The solicits say Deadpool is turning back into more of a villain, since he has been down on his luck, and has made some pretty major mistakes lately. I am hyped for this one.

Royal City #6 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire is one of the best creators in comics right now. I love his writing. I love his art, and I love this series. This follows a family that while it plays with some supernatural elements, it feels very real, and full of emotions. The first trade released just recently, so grab it and see what all the fuss is about.

Animosity Vol. 2 TP (AfterShock Comics) – If you haven’t read this series, then now is the time to grab both trades. It’s a post-apocalyptic world run by animals who can speak. Some want peace, some want revenge, and the humans must do what they can to survive. It’s a lot of fun, and sad at times, but it is an awesome concept and execution.



Top Pick: Falcon #1 (Marvel) – Marvel Legacy has been kicking off and it’ll be interesting to see where this character and series goes, especially considering the entire concept of Captain America has been tarnished and Sam Wilson’s own recent series.

Fighting American #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic character is back and it’s great to see it. I have no idea what to expect but this is one I’ve been looking forward to reading.

Ghost Money #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – The first two issues have been intriguing as all the money gained from 9/11 is explored. Interesting plot and things have really been picking up.

Lazaretto #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A horror comic featuring college students quarantined in a dorm at a college. It’s claustrophobic in all the right ways.

Mech Cadet Yu #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Kids and giant robots! Greg Pak’s writing is absolutely amazing and the art is a really interesting style that enhances the youthful feel of the book. Absolutely love this series.



Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Verge – The story behind the custom X-Men comics in Logan – If you were wondering.

Slate Magazine – The Senate Torture Report in Graphic-Novel Form – If you want the report to have pictures!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: My Giant Nerd Boyfriend helps kick off Webtoon’s female led launch week – Free comics! Go read!

The Comichron – February 2017 comics sales estimates now online – For those that enjoy the horse race.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Circle #3

Talking Comics – Royal City #1

ICv2 – Smokin Paradise Vol. 1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

batman-18Wednesdays 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: Logan (yes, my top pick is a movie) – Wolverine has always been my favourite Marvel character, and is the reason I read comics today. On the week that I turn another year older I get both Old Man Logan and Logan – it almost feels like Marvel are wishing me a happy birthday.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – Alex’s Week of Wolverine continues with Jeff Lemire – I don’t remember if his Brood storyline is over or not (I’ve read a lot of Wolverine comics over the past couple days), but this series has been strong for a long time and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Faith #9 (Valiant) – A one-shot story that seems to be more of a day-in-the-life than anything else, which I’m super happy about because I love reading about the other side of a superhero’s life.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – I didn’t expect to be looking forward to reading a comic from this series again, but I’ve been cautiously optimistic about what Tom King has been doing here after the last couple of issues. While I think there’s more chance than not that this’ll disappoint, when it’s good King’s Batman is really good.



Top Pick: Royal City #1 (Image) – Jeff Lemire has been one of the best creators in comics the last few years. I love his work on Black Hammer, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight, AD: After Death, and much more. He is one of the few talents that can write and draw, and here with this book we are getting both. Royal City tells the tales of middle America and a real family. There’s also some interesting mystery to discover. I cannot wait!

Extremity #1 (Image) – From the minute I saw the art style on this book I wanted it. The premise is about a child that has their drawing hand chopped off by oppressive tyrants that have taken over their lands. While they learn to draw with their other hand, it isn’t the same. This is about rising up to fight oppression, and finding your identity when the thing you loved to do most is taken from you. It has a powerful metaphorical message, and I think this book will be something special as we get deeper into the story.

Superman #18 (DC Comics) – We are finally going to get some answers! Mr. Oz, fake Clark Kent, and more will seemingly be explained over the next few issues of Superman and Action Comics, two of DC’s best series. This along with the upcoming button issues for Batman and Flash have me excited to know more about our heroes lost time, and who this Superman and other fake Clark Kent are.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – Tom King has been building a powder keg of a story with Bane, Catwoman, and Batman. I am hoping this is where it all explodes, and by the last few pages of Batman #17, it will. Bane knows where to hurt Batman the most, the people he cares for. I like the twists King has given us so far, and am wondering where he goes from here.

Moon Knight #12 (Marvel) – Sadly, one of the best things Marvel has going for it is coming to an end in a few issues. I still have no idea what is happening, but have faith Lemire will give us a great ending to a great book. Is he losing his mind? Or has all of this been real? Perhaps a combination of the two. Great series, and it appears it will go out on a high note.



I couldn’t pick a top pick this week. It’s all so damn good! From socially conscious comics to girl-powered comics, to straight up anarchy and good old fashioned action, it’s a great week to be all about that comic life!

Harley Quinn#15 (DC Comics) – Harley breaks her peace with the Mayor to save the homeless, fight gentrification and, more.

The Dregs #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Dig deeper into this socially conscious detective drama as we are taken on a journey to find out the fate of the homeless population.

X-Files Deviation 2017 (IDW Publishing) – Mashing up X-Files & Orphan Black and a lady Mulder! Shut up and take my money!!!

America #1 (Marvel) – It’s heeeeeree and, I’m here for it!

Bullseye #2 (Marvel) – Bullseye is on a mission to rescue a mobsters son, he’s in the murder business and business is good!



Top Pick: Champions #6 (Marvel) – This has been a fun, action packed series right from the beginning.  These characters make up a great team, and the writing has been on point, spotlighting issues that readers can relate to but also bringing in humour and fun between the characters.  I’m excited for this issue, seeing the team go up against another team of teens calling themselves The Freelancers.  I’m looking forward to see who makes up this new team and what their beef is with the Champions.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – This is one of the few DC titles I have stuck with since the Rebirth, and it has consistently delivered.  I’m really enjoying this current story arc with Bane, especially when Batman put together his own suicide squad (a great couple of issues!)  And now, as the solicit says, Bane is in Gotham and looking for some payback.  Definitely not one to miss.



Top Pick: Motor Girl #4 (Abstract Studios) – Easily my favorite comic on the market right now. Terry Moore’s writing and art are just plain fun. Every issue has delivered and then some.

America #1 (Marvel) – A fan favorite character gets her solo series. I’m intrigued to see what it’s like and if it delivers. This is the comic that has the highest bar to get over.

Savage Things #1 (Vertigo) – Justin Jordan does Vertigo… you need more?

Agents of PACT #1/Freelance #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – These two first issues I feel really kick off Chapterhouse’s superhero universe. So far most of their comics have been fun, so more to the part is awesome

All Time Comics Crime Destroyer #1 (Fantagraphics) – Another superhero universe launching. This one is a bit retro.

Smoketown #1 (Scout Comics) – Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s new series from Scout Comics. Johnson does solid comics and so does Scout, so the combo is something I’m looking forward to reading.

(Update) Image Announces 100% of the March Women’s History Month Variant Proceeds to Go to Planned Parenthood

Image Comics has revealed the first five of 11 variants planned for March’s 25th anniversary theme month—“Women’s History.” The variants will serve to celebrate the careers of women in comics, the strides made throughout comics history made by the women’s movement, and the company’s history of shaking up the status quo. 100% of the proceeds made from these March Women’s History variant covers will be donated to Planned Parenthood. We’ve reached out to Image to clarify exactly what is being donated.

(Update) We asked for clarification as to what would be donated. Image responded with:

Any money Diamond pays Image for these Women’s History variants covers will instead be donated to Planned Parenthood. Image Comics will cover the artists’ fees for these covers.

In the release announcement Director of Sales at Image Comics Corey Murphy said:

Many of Image Comics’ staff—myself included—and an ever-growing catalog of some of the most talented writers and artists in the industry, feel strongly about supporting women’s reproductive rights. Women have come a long way in this country, and the progress that’s been made is in part due to the efforts Planned Parenthood has made in sex education and affordable, preventative healthcare. I’m extremely proud to be a part of a company that’s unafraid to take a stance in supporting a non-profit that’s recently been under fire. This month we celebrate Women’s History, the strides the women have made in the comics industry, and the difference that everyone—male and female—has made by coming together in spreading equality.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 1st:

  • Rat Queens #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Owen Gieni, variant artwork by Colleen Doran (Diamond Code DEC168662)
  • Royal City #1 by Jeff Lemire, variant artwork by Emi Lenox (Diamond Code DEC168665)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 8th:

  • The Wicked + The Divine #27 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, variant artwork by Chynna Clugston-Flores  (Diamond Code DEC168658)
  • Motor Crush #4 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr, variant artwork by Leslie Hung  (Diamond Code DEC168659)
  • East of West #32 by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta, variant artwork by Meredith McClaren (Diamond Code DEC168668)
  • Low #16 by Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini, variant artwork by Vanesa R. Del Rey (Diamond Code DEC168663)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 15th:

  • Moonshine #6 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, variant artwork by Jill Thompson (Diamond Code DEC168660)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 22nd:

  • She Wolf #7 by Rich Tommaso, variant artwork by Marian Churchland (Diamond Code DEC168661)
  • Magdalena #1 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady & Christian Dibari, variant artwork by Roberta Ingranata (Diamond Code DEC168666)

Available in stores on Wednesday, March 29th:

  • Monstress #11 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, variant artwork by Sanya Anwar (Diamond Code DEC168664)
  • Old Guard #2 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez, variant artwork by Nicola Scott (Diamond Code DEC168667)

Jeff Lemire’s Royal City Interior Artwork Revealed

Image Comics is pleased to reveal interior preview artwork from the forthcoming Royal City—a new ongoing monthly series written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire and set to launch in March 2017. First announced in Entertainment Weekly this Spring, Royal City promises to be a sprawling, serialized graphic novel that will chart the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades.

Royal City follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up and is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago.

As each member of the family struggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear that Tommy’s death isn’t the only dark secret tearing the town, and this family, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to terms with their own guilt over Tommy’s death, and make peace with the many versions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down below the river along with his lingering ghost?

Royal City #1 (Diamond Code JAN170646) hits stores on Wednesday, March 1st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 6th.