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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1

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.

A Thing Called Truth #1 (Image Comics) – Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli deliver a chaotic LGBTQ+ road trip! The creative team alone has us wanting to check out this debut.

After Dark (AfterShock) – An anthology of four spooky tales!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1 (DC Comics) – Batman meets Midnighter. That alone has us all in.

By the Horns #7 (Scout Comics) – The series has been solid with a fun fantasy setting and great cast of characters. This is a must if you enjoy the fantasy genre.

Campisi #3 (AfterShock) – It’s the mob vs. a dragon! Yeah, that’s all you need to know.

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC Comics) – A new twisted take on DC’s heroes takes them to a fantasy world.

Glamorella’s Daughter #3 (Literati Press) – The series has been a great one with a dose of humor and interesting characters. What’s it like to be the daughter of the world’s greatest superhero? Find out!

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey (Graphic Mundi) – The beginning of a trilogy of graphic novels about the true story of Hakim and his journey from a war torn Syria.

Heathens #1 (AfterShock) – When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. This sounds pretty awesome.

Hellboy: Bones of Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – We’re always up for a new Hellboy adventure. They always bring a fun, action filled story with a solid dose of humor.

The Human Target #1 (DC Comics) – Tom King and Greg Smallwood team up for a new take on the character.

Knighted #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series? We’re intrigued by the concept of a person who takes on the mantle of a hero after accidentally killing the last person.

My Bad #1 (AHOY Comics) – A superhero spook from Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause? Yeah, we’re in.

Newburn #1 (Image Comics) – A new crime/noir series? Yeah, we’re in for that. It being from Chip Zdarsky, Nadia Shammas, Ziyed Yusu Ayoub, and Jacob Phillips? We’re completely sold on it.

Rush #1 (Vault Comics) – A horror story taking place in the wild Yukon. We’re interested in checking out more.

Preview: Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

(W) Hugh Syme, Stephen Humphries
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $99.99

Newly expanded and updated, this beautiful coffee table book delves into the 40-year relationship between Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator, Hugh Syme, with a foreword by drummer and lyricist Neil Peart!

Containing original illustrations, paintings, photography, and the incredible stories behind each album that Hugh Syme has designed with the band since 1975. The book’s narration was written by music journalist Stephen Humphries and includes in-depth interviews with each Rush band member and the artist. The Art of Rush also contains entertaining anecdotes and commentary from a wide array of notable musicians, actors, athletes, writers, radio personalities, and Rush insiders about their favorite Rush album covers, which clearly reveals how vital and impactful the visual representation of their music has been through the years. One of the hallmark’s of Rush releases is the considerable care and consideration that goes into each one-including the conceptual artwork. Readers may be surprised to discover just how much effort went into each concept and the execution for every album cover!

Some of the regaled stories include furtively crossing the border for a guerilla-style shoot for A Farewell to Kings, trying to herd a warren of rabbits for the cover of Presto, descending into the depths of an autopsy lab to find a brain for Hemispheres, and a stunt involving fire, whiskey, and photographer Deborah Samuel for Moving Pictures. But no history of the band’s art would be complete without the story of the creation of arguably the band’s most iconic image, The Starman from 2112.

“From the first time Hugh and I met, we shared a level of communication that would sustain us through all the years of discussing art by long distance,” said Rush’s Neil Peart. The Art Of Rush is a must for fans of Rush, art, and music everywhere.

Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

Celebrate Rush with The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons

Fantoons has announced the official Rush graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with the famous rock n’ roll power trio.

The legendary Canadian band is one of the most influential rock bands in modern history, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide, with nods to fandom throughout pop culture, including such films as I Love You Man, and the popular television show Billions

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, and Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous RUSH artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.

The 144 page hardcover is out on September 10, 2019.

The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel

Rush and BOOM! Studios Think Big With Clockwork Angels Comic

BOOM! Studios has announced the March debut of Clockwork Angels, a new limited series based on author Kevin J. Anderson’s New York Times bestselling novel and legendary rock band Rush’s concept album of the same name. Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart and Anderson, along with interior artist Nick Robles and cover artist Hugh Syme, create the steampunk world of Albion in comic book form for the first time.

Rush’s Clockwork Angels is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart’s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson’s skilled storytelling.

Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?

Clockwork Angels #1 arrives in comic shops on March 19th, the four-year anniversary of the album’s initial announcement by the band members, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN140981.

ECW Press will release the paperback version of Kevin J. Anderson’s bestselling Clockwork Angels novel in May.