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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Artie and the Wolf Man

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.

Artie and the Wolf Moon (Graphic Universe) – Artie sneaks out at night to discover their mother is a werewolf!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as a powered up Red Skull strips the world’s heroes of their powers.

Bad Sister (First Second Books) – A middle grade graphic memoir following a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Batman #112 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” kicks off as the Scarecrow’s plan for Gotham unfolds.

Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them.

Deadbox #1 (Vault Comics) We have an early review and praise this debut.

Glamorella’s Daughter #2 (Literati Press) – The debut issue was fantastic introducing us to a new hero and her daughter who’d rather read books than punch bad guys.

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (Marvel) – Ka-Zar is back! We always want to see what’s done with this character that never quite catches on.

Last Flight Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Humanity has chosen to evacuate Earth as a father attempts to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.

Mazebook #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Jeff Lemire. Nuff said.

The Nice House on the Lake #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This series has been amazing with a great mix of horror, mystery, and a focus on the characters. This one delivers some twists that have a major impact.

Nine Stones #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Disturbing dreams shake Alistair “Allie” Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better.

Not All Robots #2 (AWA Studios) – In the year of 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. Mark Russell and Mike Deodato deliver more brilliant commentary.

Savage Circus #6 (Heavy Metal Entertainment) – Strange creators on the loose and a group of thieves. The series has been a lot of fund mashing up genres.

Search for Hu #1 (AfterShock) – A son must protect his parents who a feud breaks out between the two sides of his family.

Snelson #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was interesting looking at “cancel culture”. It didn’t quite deliver the commentary we hoped for but it was enough that we want to see what the second issue has to say.

Star Trek: Mirror War #0 (IDW Publishing) – Star Trek and the Mirror Universe are two things together that always have us interested.

Whistle: A New Gotham Hero (DC Comics) – When Willow discovers that her “uncle” Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Campisi #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.

Avengers Tech-On #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been teaming up with various companies delivering new spins on their characters. This one delivers a “high tech” take that includes collectible figures available for order.

Batman ’89 #1 (DC Comics) – The classic film gets a new series continuing its wonderful world. Yeah nostalgia!

Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Book Press) – In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school – until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

Bunny Mask #3 (AfterShock) – This horror series has been intriguing and the previous issue’s ending really caught us off guard as to where this series is going.

Campisi #1 (AfterShock) – A mafia hitman must take on a dragon who has encroached on their territory.

Count Draco Knuckleduster #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – The cosmic series has a classic Kirby vibe mixed with 70s psychedelics and we’re down for it.

Defenders #1 (Marvel) – The Defenders are a classic team and every new itteration is interesting. We’re intrigued to see what this latest version is like.

Hardware: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone’s return has been solid and we want to see this world grow!

I Am Batman #0 (DC Comics) – John Ridley continues his vision for Batman!

Pennyworth #1 (DC Comics) – From television series to comic!

Rainbow Bridge (AfterShock/Seismic Press) – AfterShock moves into young reader territory with this graphic novel debut. Check out our review.

Run Book One (Abrams Comicarts) – The second series telling the amazing life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. It’s the next chapter in the history of civil rights.

Savage Circus #5 (Heavy Metal) – The series has been awesome carnage. It’s just over the top action and a hell of a lot of fun.

Unbelievable Unteens: World of Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The world of Black Hammer spins out even more with this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.

Review: Savage Circus #4

Savage Circus #4

It’s chaos in the town and Brady is tasked with capturing the thieves. Of course, he also has to not get killed by wild animals in Savage Circus #4. The issue is a decent one with some solid action moments. Overall, it isn’t quite as fast-paced as the previous issue.

The first three issues were the setup for what’s to come. They put Brady in the position of dealing with thieves while having to dodge the vicious animals. With his quest beginning, writer Brendan Columbus gives Brady some company in his mission. Columbus has set up Brady as an interesting character. While he’s a sheriff, he’s also been thrown into that position. He comes off as a bit of a slacker who will be forced to stand up and do the right thing. But, that also means he’s going to likely screw that up. Michelle will be his balance. She shows she has a bit more brains and a bit of a knack for problem-solving. Brady is the blunt instrument to Michelle’s finesse and the two together on the case will be an interesting combo.

Columbus gives us some action and more of the cinematic feel for the issue as Brady heads to Michelle to see how she’s doing before he’s off in his mission. The visuals and what happens has more of a horror vibe going for it. That’s helped by Al Barrionuevo‘s art. His layouts delivers a play-by-play aspect to what happens in the use of panels and expressions of each character. While what happens feels a bit fantastical (Brady would not be functioning) Barrionuevo’s style also delivers a bit of humor to things as well. Candice Han‘s colors are fantastic delivering a look that has both a horror vibe but also has a bright aspect to it. It fits the rather playful and over the top aspect of the concept of the series. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is consistently solid and helps emphasize the emotion of it all.

Savage Circus #4 is another solid entry in the series. While it doesn’t quite feel as packed in as previous issues and slows things down a little, it’s a lull that helps emphasize the action in some ways. It’s an issue that continues to set up Brady’s mission giving him someone to play off of and getting rid of the Rambo feel the series could easily have gone. Most importantly, Savage Circus #4 keeps its eyes on entertainment mixing in humor with the action for a result that feels like the quiet before the likely (shit) storm.

Story: Brendan Columbus Art: Al Barrionuevo
Color: Candice Han Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Savage Circus #4

Savage Circus #4

It’s chaos in the town and Brady is tasked with capturing the thieves. Of course, he also has to not get killed by wild animals in Savage Circus #4. The issue is a decent one with some solid action moments. Overall, it isn’t quite as fast-paced as the previous issue.

The first three issues were the setup for what’s to come. They put Brady in the position of dealing with thieves while having to dodge the vicious animals. With his quest beginning, writer Brendan Columbus gives Brady some company in his mission. Columbus has set up Brady as an interesting character. While he’s a sheriff, he’s also been thrown into that position. He comes off as a bit of a slacker who will be forced to stand up and do the right thing. But, that also means he’s going to likely screw that up. Michelle will be his balance. She shows she has a bit more brains and a bit of a knack for problem-solving. Brady is the blunt instrument to Michelle’s finesse and the two together on the case will be an interesting combo.

Columbus gives us some action and more of the cinematic feel for the issue as Brady heads to Michelle to see how she’s doing before he’s off in his mission. The visuals and what happens has more of a horror vibe going for it. That’s helped by Al Barrionuevo‘s art. His layouts delivers a play-by-play aspect to what happens in the use of panels and expressions of each character. While what happens feels a bit fantastical (Brady would not be functioning) Barrionuevo’s style also delivers a bit of humor to things as well. Candice Han‘s colors are fantastic delivering a look that has both a horror vibe but also has a bright aspect to it. It fits the rather playful and over the top aspect of the concept of the series. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is consistently solid and helps emphasize the emotion of it all.

Savage Circus #4 is another solid entry in the series. While it doesn’t quite feel as packed in as previous issues and slows things down a little, it’s a lull that helps emphasize the action in some ways. It’s an issue that continues to set up Brady’s mission giving him someone to play off of and getting rid of the Rambo feel the series could easily have gone. Most importantly, Savage Circus #4 keeps its eyes on entertainment mixing in humor with the action for a result that feels like the quiet before the likely (shit) storm.

Story: Brendan Columbus Art: Al Barrionuevo
Color: Candice Han Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Savage Circus #3

Savage Circus #3

Savage Circus has been a fun disaster comic mixed with a heist and we’ve been here for it every step. Savage Circus #3 has the animals on the loose terrorizing a town but there’s that whole theft of the town’s money that has to be dealt with too. The focus of the series shifts a little bit from chaos and disaster to the animals being an obstacle while the mission for the local police gets a bit mixed.

Savage Circus #3 is that transition from the setup of the series which were the first two issues. Writer Brendan Columbus gives us some moments of reflection and setup that tells you things aren’t going to go well for those involved.

The series involves a crashed train full of wild and dangerous animals and this happens just as a group of individuals are stealing a giant piggy bank from a town. The second issue saw the animals attack killing members of the town and causing them to scramble for safety. Now, the two police officers need to do their thing, protect the town and catch the criminals.

Savage Circus #3 focuses on Brady, the officer whose father was the previous Sheriff and died on duty. Columbus does a fantastic job of fleshing out the character giving us a bit more of a reason to care about what happens to him. He has moments with his brother as he goes to do his duty and Sheriff Henley who discuss Brady’s legacy. We get a better understanding of what happened to his father and the weight that sits on his shoulders. He rounds out as a character in this issue and turns from a simple action hero cutout to realized character with history and emotions.

Columbus also does a fantastic job of mixing action, humor, and heart. There’s the mentioned moments around Brady’s interactions with his brother and Sheriff. Those deliver the heart. The humor and action also come from Brady as he heads to the Sheriff’s station being chased by deadly Callways as he also happens upon one of the criminals. So, as he runs, he reads him his rights and guides him to jail. It’s a moment that just has so many funny beats and such great timing. It’s ridiculous but endearing in a way and just outright humorous. It’s a break from what could easily dive into a series filled with tense dread. Columbus is clearly mixing things up attempting to keep it fun.

The art by Al Barrionuevo continues to nail it. Candice Han‘s colors pop. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is spot on. The art team is on fire for the issue nailing Columbus’ beats. the tender moments feel like that. You feel out of breath as Brady and his suspect run for their lives. The art delivers those highs and lows emotionally and gives us some “fuck yeah” moments as well. When Brady steps up to “his destiny”, arming himself and being given orders by the Sheriff, it’s hard to not cheer on and get pumped at the action to come.

Savage Circus #3 is a build up moment where the hero regroups and gets ready for the battle to come. It takes the first two issues setup and transitions it to the action to come. It adds depth to our hero. It just nails it in every way getting me even more excited for what’s to come.

Story: Brendan Columbus Art: Al Barrionuevo
Color: Candice Han Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

By the Horns

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.

Batman: Black & White #3 (DC Comics) – The series so far has been fantastic with a mix of creative voices and very different styles and takes on the classic character.

By the Horns #1 (Scout Comics) – Marisan Naso and Jason Muhr are back together for a new series about a woman on an act of murderous revenge against unicorns who trampled her husband.

Crossover #4 (Image Comics) – The series started off as “spot the comic reference” but it has shifted into an interesting story about xenophobia, immigration, and more.

Frank at Home on the Farm #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was full of mystery and we’re excited to see where this series goes because we’re honestly not sure!

Girl Haven (Oni Press) – Koretris is a haven for girls where no men or boys are allowed. When Ash, a boy, is sent there by a spell a whole bunch of questions are raised. Read our review.

I Breathed a Body #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue was an intriguing mix of horror and commentary about social media and we want to see what else it has to say.

Kaiju Score #4 (AfterShock) – This heist comic during a Kaiju attack has been fun so far but how else can things go wrong and what other double-crosses are left? We want to find out!

Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 (Marvel) – An impressive group of creators come together for this themed anthology. We’re always fans of seeing how different creators handle characters and checking out new voices.

Nailbiter Returns #10 (Image Comics) – The second volume of the horror series wraps up and it’s a bloody doozy.

Nuclear Family #1 (AfterShock) – Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight, the series is Cold War era science fiction that we’re excited to read.

Paranormal Hitmen #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Two hitmen are hired by a Government agency to hunt and kill ghosts but also need to deal with the mobsters after them.

Savage Circus #3 (Heavy Metal) – The issue begins the pivot from the first two issues of setup getting ready for the action to come. It’s so great and entertaining, read our review!

Stray Dogs #1 (Image Comics) – A suspense thriller starring dogs!? Yeah, we’re intrigued by this one.

Two Moons #1 (Image Comics) – A Pawnee man fighting for the Union during the Civil War discovers horrors worse than combat.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (Marvel) – The miniseries wraps up as Calgar takes on the Chaos forces!

Review: Savage Circus #3

Savage Circus #3

Savage Circus has been a fun disaster comic mixed with a heist and we’ve been here for it every step. Savage Circus #3 has the animals on the loose terrorizing a town but there’s that whole theft of the town’s money that has to be dealt with too. The focus of the series shifts a little bit from chaos and disaster to the animals being an obstacle while the mission for the local police gets a bit mixed.

Savage Circus #3 is that transition from the setup of the series which were the first two issues. Writer Brendan Columbus gives us some moments of reflection and setup that tells you things aren’t going to go well for those involved.

The series involves a crashed train full of wild and dangerous animals and this happens just as a group of individuals are stealing a giant piggy bank from a town. The second issue saw the animals attack killing members of the town and causing them to scramble for safety. Now, the two police officers need to do their thing, protect the town and catch the criminals.

Savage Circus #3 focuses on Brady, the officer whose father was the previous Sheriff and died on duty. Columbus does a fantastic job of fleshing out the character giving us a bit more of a reason to care about what happens to him. He has moments with his brother as he goes to do his duty and Sheriff Henley who discuss Brady’s legacy. We get a better understanding of what happened to his father and the weight that sits on his shoulders. He rounds out as a character in this issue and turns from a simple action hero cutout to realized character with history and emotions.

Columbus also does a fantastic job of mixing action, humor, and heart. There’s the mentioned moments around Brady’s interactions with his brother and Sheriff. Those deliver the heart. The humor and action also come from Brady as he heads to the Sheriff’s station being chased by deadly Callways as he also happens upon one of the criminals. So, as he runs, he reads him his rights and guides him to jail. It’s a moment that just has so many funny beats and such great timing. It’s ridiculous but endearing in a way and just outright humorous. It’s a break from what could easily dive into a series filled with tense dread. Columbus is clearly mixing things up attempting to keep it fun.

The art by Al Barrionuevo continues to nail it. Candice Han‘s colors pop. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is spot on. The art team is on fire for the issue nailing Columbus’ beats. the tender moments feel like that. You feel out of breath as Brady and his suspect run for their lives. The art delivers those highs and lows emotionally and gives us some “fuck yeah” moments as well. When Brady steps up to “his destiny”, arming himself and being given orders by the Sheriff, it’s hard to not cheer on and get pumped at the action to come.

Savage Circus #3 is a build up moment where the hero regroups and gets ready for the battle to come. It takes the first two issues setup and transitions it to the action to come. It adds depth to our hero. It just nails it in every way getting me even more excited for what’s to come.

Story: Brendan Columbus Art: Al Barrionuevo
Color: Candice Han Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive: Savage Circus Trailer

Heavy Metal Magazine and creator Brendan Columbus take us to the Savage Circus, which kicked-off in the landmark Heavy Metal #300, on-sale now. Savage Circus is Columbus’ first foray into comics and is a collaboration with artist Al Barrionuevo.

Savage Circus tells the story of a fictional town, Basin Bay, where a circus train carrying a ferocious circus menagerie collected by mad ringleader Lewis Savage has overturned on the only road in or out after a crash with an armored car filled with the town’s stolen fortune. With no power, no communications, and animals on the loose, it’s looking to be a blood-red Christmas.

Savage Circus #1-2 are on-sale now at your local comic shop or at HeavyMetal.com. Look for issue #3 at your LCS on 2/17.

Read our reviews of the first and second issue.

Review: Savage Circus #2

Savage Circus #2

Take rampaging Gremlins and replace them with a circus worth of angry animals and the rampage and you have Savage Circus. If the first issue was the setup, Savage Circus #2 is the ship hitting the iceberg. It’s an issue full of disaster and it’s super entertaining.

Writer Brendan Columbus really gets the ball rolling with this issue that amps of the carnage to 11 compared to the first issue. And comparing it to the debut is partially what’s fascinating. The debut issue focused on a couple of characters and a heist with the train being the disaster on the horizon. The second issue continues the heist aspect of the issue but it turns into a side aspect. It’s kind of the deus ex machina to get the ball rolling for the release of the savage beasts from the savage circus.

It’s an interesting choice to go this direction and has me wanting to see where things go in future issues as far as that aspect. It’s easily something that just got us from point A to point B or play further into the series. As a reader, I’m unsure if how much that opening hook of a heist will matter as things continue.

But, lets face it. The beasts on the loose is the draw now. The train is off the tracks and pissed off animals want some revenge for the abuses they’ve experienced. Yes, Columbus gives the animals some motivation as to why they’re killing people. And boy do they kill people. There’s an over the top level of carnage and death all rendered in creative gore.

Artist Al Barrionuevo seems to have fun with the destruction and death once the animals are loose. The imagery is over the top to take things into comical level. And that’s partially what makes it fun. Barrionuevo is joined by Candice Han on color and Dave Sharpe on lettering. Han delivers splashes of blood without making it overwhelming. The art is an orgy of destruction that’ll put a smile on readers’ faces.

Savage Circus #2 is a solid second issue that really gets things rolling, or derailed might be a better way to put it. The issue ups the carnage and action to a level that’s hard to not laugh at. It’s so over the top once things get going that it’s a bit amazing at how many ways the creative team has come up with in killing individuals. It’s a fun symphony of destruction during this winter season.

Story: Brendan Columbus Art: Al Barrionuevo
Color: Candice Han Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Live #4

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.

Abbott 1973 #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The first series was fantastic with its setting and well everything. This new volume takes us to 1973 where a group wants to destroy a Black candidate for Mayor.

Crimson Flower #1 (Dark Horse) – The latest from Matt Kindt and Matt Lesniewski, the series is a mind-altering journey through Russian folk tales, trained assassins, and government conspiracies. We’re all in for this.

DC Future State (DC Comics) – The two-month event has been pretty solid so far. Even the “ok” comics have been entertaining and there have been some amazing comics. This week’s releases include Future State: Catwoman #1, Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1, Future State: Nightwing #1, Future State: Shazam! #1, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1, and Future State: The Next Batman #2.

I Breathed a Body #1 (AfterShock) – The world’s biggest influencer posts something irredeemably horrific online which instantly changes the world. It’s up to his social media manager, Anne Stewart, to fan the flames of outrage and create a sensationalist campaign that rewrites the rules of “banned content.” Well, ok then.

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #1 (Marvel) – Larry Hama writing this is all the reason we need for it to make the list.

King in Black #3 (Marvel) – The event has been top-notch and really feels like an over the top summer blockbuster film. It’s a sit back and enjoy the popcorn fun.

Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #4 (Red 5 Comics) – Wrapping up the series which has been a great update to the classic character. It’s been a solid and fun read so far.

Maestro: War and Pax #1 (Marvel) – The first volume of Maestro’s journey was a bit hit and miss but we want to see where this next one takes things.

Savage Circus #2 (Heavy Metal) – Mix Gremlins and Die Hard together and you have this series which features monsters and a heist during a Christmas storm. The first issue was a great setup so we’re hoping this one really brings the action.

We Live #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing when it comes to worldbuilding and with some fantastic art too. Each issue has been full of twists and turns and who knows where this one is going.

Yasmeen #6 (Scout Comics) – One of the best comics of the past year wraps up as Yasmeen must face her past while the police investigate her.

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