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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! Who’s excited and 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.

CBR – Constantine Animated Series to Air on The CW – Nice!

ComicBook – ‘The Walking Dead’ Casts Former ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Ryan Hurst as Beta – This is some solid casting.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #1002

The Beat – The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Comics Bulletin – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

Comics Bulletin – Sex Criminals Vol. 5

Newsarama – Venom #5

Talking Comics – West Coast Avengers #1

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.

Jon

Top Pick: Isola #1 (Image Comics)Isola is the story of a young warrior with a mysterious bond to her companion: a green tiger. I was struck by how well the creators used the strengths of the medium to their advantage. Well worth the time of any fan of fantasy, adventure or books that are good.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Avengers #687 (Marvel) – This weekly event has been so much fun, and each issue has added to the wild story in a great way. Iron Hulk, Rogue Hulk, what’s next?!

The Amazing Spider-Man #798 (Marvel) – We are almost to issue 800, and I have enjoyed most of this run by Slott. So while I am excited to see what Slott does with Iron Man and leaving this title, I am also excited to see how this continues and wraps up.

Marvel Two-In-One #5 (Marvel) – Now that a new Fantastic Four book has been announced and that this book is going to continue, I am invested in this book even more. It’s been a great time, and Zdarsky and Schiti are an awesome team.

Analog #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan is one of my favorite writers on Deadpool, Guardians and previously Uncanny Avengers. The combination of him penning this book and the premise make this book sound awesome.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #8 (BOOM! Studios) – Definitely not an issue to start with but there’s something fantastic about this issue that encapsulates the hope in this giant robot for kids series. The action is solid, there’s tons of personality. Just amazing all around. One of my favorite series of the past year.

Copra Round Five (Bergen Street Press) – If you’ve missed the single issues of this indie superhero comic, now you can pick them up with no excuse.

Curse of Brimstone #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry into the “New Age of Heroes,” the first issue is great on character building and presenting a series in a location you don’t see too many superhero comics. Really interesting start.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics) – Still making the case as to series of the year material. Every issue is a fascinating read and you never know what to expect inside.

The Walking Dead #178 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Just when the series was getting to a lull, things have shifted with the “New World Order” storyline. I want to learn more about this new society because as good as it looks on the surface, there’s no way it’s as good as it seems.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Sex Criminals #23 (Image Comics) – If I could only read one comic for the rest of my life, Sex Criminals would probably be that book. Twenty-three issues in and the tale of Jon and Suzie continues unfolding in some sort of weird origami flower of layers under layers under layers. There’s angst! There’s laughter! There’s plenty of sex positivity! And as usual, there will be Easter-egg style puns pouring out of artist Chip Zdarsky’s background work.

Cat N Bat TP (IDW Publishing) – Every now and again you want a break from the angst and drama of mainstream comics. Cat N Bat follows in the footsteps of Get Fuzzy, Mutts, and to a lesser extent, Garfield, where two animals are besties who can’t help getting in and out of trouble together. With the added twist of “silent comedy”, Cat N Bat is sure to make you laugh without feeling like a repeat of what came before.

Snotgirl #10 (Image Comics) – Snotgirl kind of sneaks up on you. There’s not a great way to simply pitch the original premise of internet it-girl Lottie Person, whose only real roadblock in issue 1 was her allergic reaction to…the entire world. Lottie is soon put on an experimental allergy medication, meets an impossibly cool mystery chick, and has a falling out with her brunch group of fellow blogger/vlogger ladies. Issue ten rounds out the second arc of the series, which included a Misery-style former assistant, and a murder mystery that the local police are determined to pin on someone.

I Hate Fairyland #18 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young continues his pet project, where he takes a gigantic bloody hatchet to his own signature fluffy sweet style. The series focus has shifted from the green-headed Shirley Temple look-alike Gertrude to Fairyland at large. Issue 18 promises to zoom out and focus on the greatest threat Fairyland has ever seen, a resurrected baddie ready to wipe out every adorable creature great and small.

Sex Criminals Returns this January

Sex Criminals, from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, will return for the fifth arc of the ongoing award-winning series—and enter all-new territory—this January.

Up is down and black is white and the sex isn’t happening and neither is the crime. What is this book even, you guys?!

After the heartbreaking, albeit totally unsurprising, breakup in Fourgy!, our leads find themselves apart and in the arms of others while the fate of the whole universe hangs in the balance…ish.

Sex Criminals #21 Cover A by Chip Zdarsky (Diamond code: NOV170711) and XXX Cover B by Kris Anka (Diamond code: NOV170712) hits comic shops Wednesday, January 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 18th.

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!

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.

Alex

Top Pick: God Country #3 (Image) – A man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is cured when he’s holding a giant frigging sword. This is another series where the elevator pitch is enough to draw me in, but the humanity and depth within the story is keeping me coming back – although the fact that a mere human is flipping the bird to a pantheon of space gods is also pretty fantastic. There’s a reason this series is hitting multiple printings, and that’s because it’s really really good.

Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve always wanted to read the book, but I never quite got around to it (I read prose books much slower than comics), so this series is something that really intrigues me – even though I know next to nothing about it other than Neil Gaiman wrote the book it’s based off. Does he write the series? I honestly don’t know (you may be wondering how I write for a comic website at this point…).

Black Hammer #7 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire has become one of my favourite writers over the last year, and this slow moving series about a group of superheroes stuck in sleepy tow in the mid west. For some, the town is Limbo, for others Hell, and for one… it’s close to Heaven. What it actually is, hasn’t quite been revealed yet, but I’m loving the slow build up.

Conan The Slayer #7 (Dark Horse) – I’ve always had a soft spot for Conan, and when the stories look this good? I won’t say no.

Divinity III: Escape From Gulag 396 #1 (Valiant) – Archer and Armstrong meet the Stalinverse. Can’t wait.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – Gaiman has returned to comics, and with one of his best novels ever coming with him. I have been awaiting this for awhile, and my anticipation is through the roof to see how he adapts such a great book to my favorite medium.

Head Lopper #5 (Image) – It returns! What an awesome surprise that we are getting more of this awesome book. The art grabs your attention and the countless lopping of heads of beasts and witches helps keep it.

God Country #3 (Image) – The first two issues have been awesome, and I expect it to get even better. Cates is crafting an excellent tall tale of his own with this book.

Batman #19 (DC Comics) – Bane is crazy, and these two foes are leaving nothing on the table. I expect tons of violence, more villains coming into play, and more twists and turns from Tom King.

Superman #19 (DC Comics) – Wow. What a reveal in Action that I won’t spoil here. What does this mean to the greater Rebirth story, and what is Mr. Oz want with Supes. Great comic and a great arc!

 

Patrick

Top Pick: I Hate Fairyland #11 (Image Comics) – Aww yeah muffin fluffers!

Casanova Acedia #8 (Image Comics) – If this really is a flashback issue, it’ll hopefully focus on the real most interesting character of Acedia, Emil Boutique.

Island #15 (Image Comics) – Always curious to see what a new issue holds in store.

Kill or be Killed #7 (Image Comics) – In which sort-of-ex-girlfriend-but-not-really Kira gets drawn into Dylan’s demonic web. This looks bad – just the way I like it.

Sex Criminals #17 (Image Comics) – Like Casanova, this series has outgrown its main characters for me, and I look forward to it seeing other people.

 

Paul

Top Pick – Super Sons #2 (DC Comics) – A few of my fellow contributors had this on their watch list before issue #1 came out, and after that their reviews were highly favourable. So, I thought I’d check it out…and they were right! Damian is going to be a great partner to Superboy, being the “bad influence” that’s going to get these kids into so many adventures and yeah, probably a lot of trouble with their fathers, and I will definitely be along for the ride.

Avengers Initiative Complete Collection TP Vol. 1 (Marvel) – I just had to give this a nod. This was one of my favourite titles and I loved all the new characters that were introduced in this series; plus it paved the way to the fantastic Secret Invasion event. *sigh* remember when Marvel events were something to look forward to?

The Mighty Thor #17 (Marvel) – Thor is trapped in a ‘competition’ against the gods of the Shi’ar, and I can’t wait for her to knock them out.

Uncanny Avengers #21 (Marvel) – The Red Skull is still controlling the Avengers with his mind, and Deadpool is doing everything he can to free them. But he’s going to need a lot of help, and if cover can be trusted, it looks like Cable is about to step into the ring. This is going to be a knock down fight, and here’s hoping they all walk away. I’ve enjoyed this latest story arc and I’m looking forward to see how it all ends.

Uncanny X-Men #19 (Marvel) – Psylocke made a promise to Magneto when she joined his mission…and now she’s going to collect. I’m really just looking forward to seeing Psylocke, one of my favourite X-women in action.

 

Shay

This is the week of boss chicks and bad ass lady heroes and I’m so here for it that I can’t even breathe! Thank heavens for a good nor’easter because being snowed in with all this comic book goodness is a cure for the winter time blues.

Top Pick: Neil Gaian American Gods Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s one of my favorite books, in comic book form! I haven’t been this geeked out something like this since Fight Club 2 came out.

Top Pick: Black Panther World of Wakanda #5 (Marvel) – This arc is over and midnight angels are about to roll out , reign triumphant and show the villains of Wakanda that there’s some new sheriffs in town. So much lady power! So many strong , black, female character, so much awesomeness!

Batwoman #1 (DC Comics) – It’s a brand new arc in a solo comic book series and, it gives Batwoman a lot to do, some agency and, some asses to kick! So obviously, I’m here for it!

Harley Quinn #16 (DC Comics) – The red meat arc ( or as I like to call it diet soylent green with a twist) is still going on, aliens, a man with a secret plan, the evils of gentrification and the perils of men who underestimate three bad ass crime fighting ladies. Harley’s taking the fight straight to the top. Grab popcorn .

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Best We Could Do (Abrams Comicarts) – The debut graphic novel memoir from Thi Bui is an exploration of one family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. An exploration of immigration that’s pertinent to today.

Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve never read the book but have heard good things so looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about.

Dead Inside #4 (Dark Horse) – I love crime comics and noir, so super excited to read more of this series.

Super Sons #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was tons of fun, exactly what I wanted and expected and this second issue will hopefully bring more of the same. Just a fun series that’s full of energy.

The Wild Storm #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was intriguing with it’s changes to these classic characters and I’m interested in seeing where it all goes.

 

Review: Sex Criminals #16

sexcriminals16After an eight-month hiatus, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are back with Sex Criminals #16. An extended series of recap pages gets us right in the mood as our time freezing, orgasm having, crime doing couple of Jon and Susie are at a big crossroads in their relationship. Most of the issue is narrated from Susie’s perspective as Jon just wants to live in the moment and take out Kegelface, this series’ Big Bad no matter who gets on his way. On the other hand, Susie wants to get more serious with their relationship and even mentions writing down their goals in markers on paper because she’s a big ol’ library-loving nerd. But Fraction and Zdarsky resist the melodrama of a big argument or breakup and continue to be grounded in feelings stemming from a long-term relationship while keeping the dirty puns and constant references to “butt stuff” that made this series hilarious as well as real.

Sex Criminals #16 is a great post-hiatus issue for the series because it zeroes in on the messiness of romantic relationships, and what people want to get out of them in kind of silly, kind of serious way. Yes, Jon and Susie dress up in Teletubby costumes and chase each other with dildos, and Jon might be the “intern” for his favorite porn star growing up. But Sex Criminals #16 has long passages of walk and talk (Or walk, fuck, talk, and eat lo mein.) where Jon and Susie get all their feeling out about each other with Susie’s narration filling in some of the unsaid things.

Fraction hits on a great point through this narration that the reason why Jon doesn’t want fill out lists of goals is because he doesn’t think he’s worthy of a future with her. He is stressed out by Kegelface stealing his personal psychiatric files that talk about his oppositional defiant disorder as well as insecure in his relationship and wants to take her out even if he means breaking the law. Susie just wants him to be happy, and Zdarsky draws a beautiful, almost quiet sequence of them spooning even if this kind of cuddle position has been awkward for them in the past. (Someone’s arm falls asleep inevitably.) It’s a glimpse of happiness in the midst of both the interpersonal/Kegelface drama.

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Chip Zdarsky’s coloring choices in Sex Criminals #16 also herald the shift in Jon’s character. In the past, the Quiet has been a trippy world of sexy fun and occasional mayhem filled action against Kegelface and her ultra creepy Sex Cops. But, for Jon, it is all red rage, and Susie is lying on the bed away from him. Fraction and Zdarsky cut to these intense red sequences when Jon is really feeling bad. It’s something that definitely needs to be addressed in their relationship, and hopefully these two crazy kids will break through and stay together.

Sex Criminals #16 reminded me of why I loved this series when it first started out in 2013, which is Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s complete honesty about sex and relationships while still having some hilarious background gags from Zdarsky and an eccentric supporting cast, like the Alix who compares Jon to Don Quixote, and villains.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Chip Zdarsky 
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Comics Reveals 11 Variants to Celebrate 25 Years

Image Comics is thrilled to reveal the first 11 of 15 homage variants planned for February’s 25th anniversary theme month—“tribute covers” celebrating iconic cover images from throughout the company’s history.

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.”

“One of the great things about celebrating our 25th anniversary is that it creates an opportunity for us to look back at over two decades of history-making comics and showcase some of the wonderful work that made Image what it is today,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Everyone in the Image family is a fan at heart, and this month’s tribute variants give the participating creators a chance to show their admiration for some of comics’ greatest creator-owned triumphs by putting their own unique spin on classic images from that rich and varied past for a collection of covers as fun as they are stunning.”

Available in stores on Wednesday, February 1st:

  • Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class #26 commemorating Marc Silvestri’s Cyber Force #1 (Diamond Code NOV168917)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 8th:
  • Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s East of West #31 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Team Youngblood #19 (Diamond Code NOV169165)
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #26 commemorating Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s SEX CRIMINALS #1 (Diamond Code NOV169053)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 15th:
  • Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible #133 commemorating Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #1 (Diamond Code NOV169172)
  • Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s God Country #2 commemorating Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon #1 (Diamond Code NOV169169)
  • Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s Kill or Be Killed #6 commemorating Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 (Diamond Code NOV169051)
  • Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals #16 commemorating Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Diamond Code NOV169052)
  • Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #164 commemorating Jim Lee’s WILD C.A.T.S. #1 (Diamond Code NOV169171)
Available in stores on Wednesday, February 22nd
  • Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s Curse Words #2 commemorating Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker’s Invincible #1 (Diamond Code NOV169173)
  • Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender #19 commemorating  Dale Keown’s Pitt #2 (Diamond Code NOV169174)
  • Tim Seely and Mike Norton’s Revival #47 commemorating Marc Silvestri, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl’s Witchblade #1 (Diamond Code NOV169170)

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sexcriminals15-coverIt’s new comic book day tomorrow and we’re one day closer to Captain America: Civil War and Free Comic Book Day!

To keep you entertained, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Women Write About Comics – Fainted When She Saw My Body: Social Construction of Monstrousness in Saga  – A very interesting read.

Kotaku – The Only Thing This Ant-Man Cosplay Doesn’t Do Is Shrink – It looks pretty great!

The Nerdy Bird – GLAAD’s 2016 Hollywood Report: “Historic Low” For Representation, Star Wars Call Out – Always interesting to see these reports.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Daredevil #6

CBR – Faith #4

Big Shiny Robot – Golem

Comic Attack – I Am a Hero Vol. 1

CBR – Insexts #5

Talking Comics – Library Wars

CBR – Ms. Marvel #6

CBR – Sex Criminals #15

Newsarama – Best Shots Reviews: Doctor Strange – The Last Days of Magic #1, Cyborg #10, Faith #4

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POWER-MAN-AND-IRON-FIST-#3The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will people be doing? Who’s taking part in International Tabletop Day? Let us know in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Kotaku – The Highs and Lows of X-Men Video Games – So many lows.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – A Goofy Guide to Penguins

CGM – Batman: Europa

CBR – Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Comic Attack – Power Man & Iron Fist #3

Nothing But Comics – Saga #36

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid-Fire Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #11, Justice League #49, Sex Criminals #15, More

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Power_Man_and_Iron_Fist_1_CoverIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? We’ll have our picks in a few hours, but until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – When will the big players crack down on unlicensed prints? – Very good question.

The Beat – WB preps Justice League for an April start date – You mean all those reports that Warner Bros. was in chaos was full of shit!?

GamePolitics – Orange County, New York Executive seeks FCC help to combat swatting – Good!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Amazing Spider-Man #8

CBR – Astro City #32

Newsarama – The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

CBR – The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

The Beat – Drinking at the Movies

Talking Comics – Ghostbusters International #2

Talking Comics – Power Man and Iron Fist #1

CBR – Sex Criminals #14

Review: Sex Criminals #14

SexCriminals_14-1Sex Criminals has always been one of those books that needs to be read a couple of times after purchasing. Usually to catch all the weird visual jokes that get placed in the backgrounds of panels. For the fourteenth issue subtitled “Ladies Please,” it’s to understand just how the disjointed nature of this issue works to its advantage.

The issue is mostly about Suzie and Myrtle. Myrtle is still having sex with Jon’s therapist to get information about him while Suzie and Jon start work at their new and crappy jobs. Jon is working as Ana’s research assistant while Suzie has started work in a new library. One day while sending dirty texts to Jon, Suzie makes some crass comments about Ana’s previous life as a porn star, which leads to a confrontation in The Quiet between the two of them.

Well, in the actual timeline of the story. In the timeline of the comic, we’re actually greeted with a fourth wall break as Matt Fraction struggles to write the scene and ends up calling Chip Zdarsky, asking for help.

From the sounds of it, a lot of this dialogue between the creators is taken directly from conversations the two had about the scene as it was originally planned to play out, with Suzie being judge-y of Ana, but Fraction has reservations of how this comes across. How it all ties back to how insidious and judgmental our culture is in regards to amount of sexual partners and sex workers, but how Ana isn’t exactly in the right either to act as if Suzie’s intentions with the library aren’t genuine. It’s complicated, clumsy, and it’s a bit revealing to see Fraction and Zdarsky hash it out like this.

On first pass, the scene is jarring in the middle of the story, especially after it jumps back into the story as a whole. Hysterical, especially with Chip drawing himself like a cokehead high on his own rising star simultaneously, but jarring. However, on a second read, after seeing how out of it Suzie has become, the outright statement of theme from our creators actually ties back into the story kind of brilliantly. It shows the kind of vulnerability that the series has been known for, especially in an issue where two of the characters are finding themselves in places they’re not sure they want to be in. The theme of the arc may be about “who gets to decide who’s a monster and who isn’t,” but a lot of this issue seems to be about being at a crossroads as well. Suzie isn’t into robbing banks with Jon anymore. Rach doesn’t know what to do about her relationship with Robert. Myrtle might be getting something else out of her relationship with Jon’s therapist. Matt can’t figure out how to write a scene. It all ties together in a strange sort of fashion.

Plus, the decision to “full-on Chuck Jones” the entire conversation and to play up the Zdarsky character super hard may be one of the funniest things this book has done.

If you’re having a hard time with the latest Sex Criminals at first pass, give it another read and see how it all ties together. What comes across as disjointed at first actually has a strange sort of clearness once the thread that ties it all together becomes clear. This book has always been about vulnerability and to see it upfront and hysterically done is kind of amazing.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Chip Zdarsky
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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