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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.

Joe

Top Pick: Venom #1 (Marvel) – Cates and Stegman on Venom! Yes! I am so excited for this book. The last run of Venom had its moments, but this looks like classic scary Venom mixed with the sometimes good guy inside. Can’t wait!

Barrier #1 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – The team behind Private Eye, Vaughn and Martin reunite for a new title. Hell yes. This is a reprint of their web series they released before about illegal immigration and much more. It sounds awesome.

Runaways #9 (Marvel) – This is consistently one of my favorite reads every week and I’m glad to physically pull this book. If you’re a fan of the two old comic runs of this series or coming from the Hulu series there’s something to love.

Despicable Deadpool #300 (Marvel) – What a run it has been, Duggan! This is a super-sized issue to celebrate the merc with the mouth and Duggan’s farewell issue. I expect a lot of ridiculous humor and wtf moments.

Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics) – I’m excited to see what they do with this new crazy multiple team approach to Justice League and how the series moves forward. The Justice League brand needs improvement and a way to get back to its glory days, so here’s hoping this is where it starts.

 

Alex

Old Man Logan #39 (Marvel) – I get the sense that with Wolverine returning to the Marvel universe that Old Man Logan’s time on this world is coming to a close – especially with his healing factor on the fritz. Watching the slow decline of an alternate version of one of my favorite characters is oddly enthralling.

Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch #1 (Titan) – I have no reason to want to read this beyond the cover, but sometimes that’s all that it take to pull you into a previously unfamiliar world…

 

Brett

Top Pick: Nuclear Winter Vol. 1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’ve read this cute graphic novel and it’s awesome. Basically a nuclear power plant blew and things are irradiated. So, how do you live under a nuclear winter? Find out in what I’m hoping will be many more volumes to come.

Barrier #2 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – Joe picked the first issue and I’m going with the second. You should get both of these!! The series is amazing and an absolute must read.

Oblivion Song #3 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – The first two issue have been fantastic so far and the detail and use of real world situations have been brilliant.

Southern Bastards #20 (Image Comics) – A gut punch of an issue that had me tense throughout as I turned each page.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #2 (IDW Publishing) – The Mirror Universe comes over to the main one in this weekly series. The first issue was great and them mystery deepens. It’s a little slow but fantastic Star Trek for those that love the Mirror Universe.

 

When Redneck Revealed it was in the Same World as Southern Bastards

It looks like we’ve got a crossover between two Image Comic series. The below scene appears in Redneck #9. That series by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe involves small town Vampires. Apparently they live pretty close to the fictional Craw County that’s the location of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour‘s Southern Bastards. That series is about racism, corruption, and football in a small Southern town.

Is this where Coach Boss has been dumping his bodies? They get killed in Southern Bastards and disposed of in Redneck?

Will we get more of a crossover? How about a mash-up series! Southern Rednecks? Redneck Bastards? No matter how official it is, it’s a great nod and wink for comic fans.

Review: Southern Bastards #19

A moment of truth for Roberta Tubb. A moment of reckoning for Coach Boss.

Its been too long since the last issue of Southern Bastards but reading Southern Bastards #19 is like revisiting a friend, a gut-wrenching friend. For a few issues now, the series has been building up to the eventual meeting of Roberta and Coach Boss. This issue delivers and it’s as tense as we’d expect.

Much of the issue is focused on football, as one would expect, with things looking like they’re falling apart around Coach Boss. It’s an interesting read of what feels like a meltdown of the world around a character. Writer Jason Aaron and artist Jason Latour create chaos and tension that’s rarely felt in comics.

And like a good story, when you think things are written in stone the creators surprise you.

What feels like a story about Boss losing control is flipped on its head half way through. Or is it? That is open for debate due to the eventual meeting of Roberta and Boss. Again, keeping the reader on their toes.

Latour’s art is fantastic filled with emotion and brutality. Jared K. Fletcher‘s lettering also is something to notice. The series relies heavily on the lettering to convey the emotional situation. The art along with how words are emphasized helps make each moment.

Just when you think the series is going to go in one direction, Aaron and Latour shifts things and the end of this issue is one of those. Where things are going and how it’ll play out? We’ll have to wait and see and I’m counting down the days. Consistently one of the best comic series on the market.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Jason Latour Lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0  Recommendation: Buy

Image 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Marvel Two-in-One #2 (Marvel) – The Human Torch and The Thing, half of the Fantastic Four are searching for Reed, Sue, and the kids. This has such potential, and I enjoyed the first issue. This should give a massive nostalgia overload for older readers like myself, but also give enough excitement and exploration for the younger crowd.

Action Comics #996 (DC Comics) – We are getting so close to the 1000th issue, and this series has been a blast since Rebirth. I love the addition of Booster Gold recently, and the best Superman book keeps on going strong.

Abbott #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I like a good crime story, and this first issue of this new series that deals with a detective investigating the occult coming from BOOM looks very promising.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – Who’s watching the Watchmen? Apparently the DC Universe as the two combine for a series that has been very promising so far. Sure, this could fall flat on it’s face, but for now, I am enjoying everything, even if it is just for nostalgias sake.

Dissonance #1 (Image Comics) – I love a good sci-if tale, and this looks promising. It is always fun to jump on a new indie series, and we need more science fiction comics.

 

Jon

Top Pick: Abbott # 1 (BOOM! Studios) – A great example of what comics can be when every member of the team contributes the best of their talents. Abbott has all the makings of being the next Locke and Key.

Frankenstein Alive, Alive Trio (IDW Publishing) –  If you missed these three issues when they were printed years ago, IDW is giving you another chance to catch up before the long awaited final issue launches next month. This is a book that’s worth owning for Bernie Wrightson’s art alone and is probably the best value for money you’re going to find at the comic shop this week or any other.

Hungry Ghosts #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – Either Karen Berger or Anthony Bourdain would have been enough for me to give this book a shot but having both attached made it an absolute must-read. I can’t recommend it to everyone (see my full review for details) but for people looking for a horror anthology inspired by Japanese ghost stories its a nice taste of what Dark Horse’s new Berger Book’s imprint has in store.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness # 1 (DC Comics) – Raven was never a character I had much interest in or knowledge of but this book has me hooked for at least a couple more issues. It doesn’t even matter that I missed last year’s mini series. Marv Wolfman manages to use plenty of the tools that made old comics so accessible to new readers without the storytelling ever feeling too retro.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #3 (DC Comics) – This six issue limited series continues to be a fun take on one of my favorite characters with a twisted sense of humor and great visuals.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Ninja-K #3 (Valiant) – Although I enjoyed the previous series the title character starred in, Ninjak, the current series is everything I could want in a comic and more. The art is fantastic, and secondary only to the exquisite writing from Christos Gage. I love this series’ look at the murky history of the Ninja Programme, and at the history only hinted at thus far.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – I still haven’t decided if I expect this to be a train wreck of epic proportions, or somewhat enjoyable… but I’m looking forward to finding out.

X-O Manowar #11 (Valiant) – Now that the opening three arcs are over, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Matt Kindt does with Aric now that he rules an entire planet (or, rather, is failing miserably at ruling a planet). One could argue there’s real world parallels to people interfering in local politics and royally fucking the local situation up while acting the savior, but there’s more meat on that bone than I have space for here.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Southern Bastards #19 (Image Comics) – Any time an issue comes out it’s at the top of my read list. It’s been an amazing series and I don’t mind the gap at all as every issue delivers an emotional punch.

Avengers #677 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been excellent so far so I’m all in for this weekly series.

Detective Comics #973 (DC Comics) – Things are falling apart for the team in this finale of the latest arc. I’ve really wanted to see how this one ends.

Legion #1 (Marvel) – After the excellence of the television series, I’m intrigued to see what this limited comic series does.

Star Trek: Discovery #2 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve really enjoyed the television series so to get more in this world has me happy. The first issue added some depth so looking forward to the second to see what it does.

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.

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #7 (Valiant) – I’ve literally just finished reading this for Graphic Policy’s review, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the physical copy from my LCS. That art is stoningly good!

Faith And The Future Force #3 (Valiant) – Time travel, humour and stubborn determination. Can Faith and the Future Force save the timestream? I hope not, because I don’t want this series to end!

War Mother #2 (Valiant) – It’s a Valiant book. Of course I’m looking forward to it.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 4 Robots & Repeats (First Second) – Always fantastic, this graphic novel series entertains and educates in how to code. The first three volumes have explained things well and taught me a ton. Add in a cute story and fun art and you’ve got the perfect combination of education and entertainment.

The American Way: Those Above and Below #3 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – Don’t think politics and entertainment go together? Read this series. Entertaining and thought provoking each series explores race relations, politics, and more. Most importantly, it entertains with each issue.

First Strike #4 (IDW Publishing) – Did you ever take your G.I. Joe and Transformers and have them battle it out when you were a kid? This even, is that and then some.

Marvel Legacy #1 (Marvel) – Kicking off the next phase of Marvel comics. We’re all intrigued as to what it will all mean.

Southern Bastards #18 (Image Comics) – One of the, if not the, best comic series on the shelves today. It feels like a bit since the previous issue but the series is no less the emotional gut punch and no time has passed at all.

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.

Joe

Top Pick: Dark Nights: Metal #1 (DC Comics) – Snyder and Cappulo back on a Batman book that will have huge repercussions and changed for the DC universe. Hell yes!

Southern Bastards #17 (Image) – This book doesn’t come out often enough, and I’m only complaining because it’s so damn good.

Aquaman #27 (DC Comics) – This has been such a good arc with incredible art and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Marvel) – This has been such a pleasant surprise to me and a lot of fun. Duggan knows how to tie the ridiculousness with action so well on Deadpool, and he brings that to this series.

Astonishing X-Men #2 (Marvel) – A really solid first issue that hit the nostalgia home run much more than Gold did for me. The ending teased something huge but I’m sure that was just a trick by a certain character.

 

Brett

Top Pick: American Way: Those Above and Below #2 (Vertigo) – Jon Ridley alone is enough to get me looking forward to this series but the first issue knocked it out of the park having me excited to read the second.

Catalyst Prime Superb #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – The first issue was solid and delivers on Catalyst Prime’s promises. I want to see where this second one goes to see if it can continue the positive direction of the entire line.

Future Quest Presents #1 (DC Comics) – A new anthology-ish series that continues the adventures of some of my favorite childhood characters.

Motor Girl #8 (Abstract Studios) – Easily the best comic on the market. It mixes humor and feels in a way no other comic is doing. Just utter perfection and the one I look forward to each and every month.

Sh*t My Presidents Says: Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump (IDW Publishing) – Shannon Wheeler’s cartoons that bring President Trump’s tweets to life are collected in this book. It’s both funny and… sad.

Around the Tubes

godcountry01_coveraThe weekend is almost here and it’s a long one for the Graphic Policy team! We’ll be busy playing catch up and planning for the year. What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments.

While you decide what you’ll be doing, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – 2016 comics shop orders beat 2015 — barely — after icy December – For those interested.

ICv2 – New Graphic Biography of ‘D&D’ Creator Gary Gygax – This could be cool. Such a creative way to tell the story.

Comics Alliance – FX ‘Y: The Last Man’ Has Script Inbound, Will Be Full Series – This should be interesting to see in today’s political climate.

Deadline – Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For ‘Green Lantern Corps’ – Interesting… Doesn’t this fly against all the doom and gloom reports about DC’s movies?

Tabletop Gaming News – Mantic Games launches The Walking Dead: All Out War Painting Competition – Who’s entering?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – God Country #1

The Beat – Knights Errant

Comic Attack – Southern Bastards #16

Review: Southern Bastards #16

southern-bastards-16-coverSouthern Bastards #16 is like a club to the head. In a good way. Okay, maybe that metaphor is a little to on the nose after this issue. This book is like a two hundred and fifty pound linebacker on steroids rolling down the field and you are the opposing coach. You can send every offensive lineman you want to block, but he is just bowling them over one by one. A broken finger, a bloody chin, or a few missing teeth isn’t going to stop him. You, the reader, watches on in horror, and suspense at what is to come. The next thing you know, WHAM! That is what this book feels like, and it is awesome.

Much like football, sometimes things go your way, that’s if you are the “good guys” in the tale, and more often than not, they go the way of Coach Boss. He has lost two games in a row, and his legacy, his empire, and everything that makes him the icon that he is for the Runnin’ Rebs and Craw County is at stake. This issue shows how far he is willing to go to protect that. Now we’ve seen Coach Boss go pretty far previously, and this issue just doubles down on that. The odd part about him as a character, is his logic. I won’t spoil everything, but you can see that he rationalizes what he is planning to do to a player when his defense cannot stop him. He deems it is okay, because it’s his rules, and that’s been his way.

The writing by Jason Aaron is excellent, and if you’ve ready every issue, you know that Coach Boss was once a runt who no one ever took seriously. This is why back story and getting to know a character is so important in comics. Because of the excellent character building of this monster of a man, we know he won’t ever let anyone come in the way of his greatness ever again. He has worked too hard to get where he is, and he will do anything, to keep it that way.

The only thing I missed in this issue, was Roberta, but there was enough going on here that will likely begin a downward spiral for Coach Boss, and I am almost afraid to read anymore. This book is so good, and it reminds me of Game of Thrones where the bad guy keeps succeeding at something and you just pray for a hero of the story, any damn hero, to take them down. Now don’t get me wrong, we have seen things not go Coach Boss’s way lately, but it’s the repercussions of what he will do next that scare me. What happens if say he loses his job as a Coach? That is terrifying to think about. As crazy as he is, we all know it would be far worse.

Jason Latour continues his awesome and original style on art through the book. The violent scenes, as always, are drawn like beautiful car wrecks. They are such works of art, even if they are so hard to look at. Another thing I love about his style, is he uses sound effects that you expect in a super hero book, like “TWHUMP”, and “BLAM!” but in a very cool and non-distracting way. Also his Coach Boss is just awesome. He is like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino mashed with The Hulk. The colors also look great, and the theme of red throughout Southern Bastards is strong again in this issue, as it is the color of the Runnin’ Rebs.

If you are not reading this book, you should be. Even if you are not a football fan, this book is so much more than that. It is a book about standing up for what is right, or putting your head down, when there is corruption that is right in front of everyone. This book does a great job at showing you people who make both of those choices, as people do in real life do. So far, anyone who gets in Coach Boss’s way, usually does not again. Is the tide starting to turn? It’s 4th down and inches to go for Coach Boss, and I hope the defense stuffs him.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Jason Latour
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

southernbastards16_coverartbWednesdays 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: Voracious: Feeding Time #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Is anybody surprised by this? I mean… it’s not like I make a secret of the fact I absolutely love this series.

Ninjak #23 (Valiant) – Another unsurprising pick – there is usually always at least one Valiant book on my pull list each week, and I’ve been looking forward to this arc based entirely on the return of Master Darque (according to the name of the story, anyway).

All-Star Batman #6 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is still the best current writer of Batman, and for me this series exemplifies that.

Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets #2 (Marvel) – A team-up that makes no sense? Sure. But the first issue was actually solid, and just because the team up makes no sense on paper doesn’t mean it won’t kick ass as a story.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Southern Bastards #16 (Image Comics) – Big Boss BBQ is back, and I cannot wait! After the last tense issue we got, I am so excited to see what happens with Roberta and Boss. This is one of the best books out there, and we didn’t get enough from Aaron and Latour in 2016.

God Country #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Donny Cates with some awesome looking art by Geoff Shaw. I cannot wait to see what this is all about. From the teases of pages Cates has shared on social media alone, I am pumped.

The Mighty Thor #15 (Marvel) – The big war is coming! This cover by Dauterman is so beautiful. No shock there. This is one of Marvel’s best and most consistent series also by Jason Aaron, and with The Unworthy Thor soon ending, I cannot wait to see where they go with Jane, Odinson, Loki and more!

Inhumans vs. X-Men #2 (Marvel) – I didn’t think I would be typing this ever when I finished Death of X, but #1 was really solid. I hope that trend continues since Lemire and Soule are both highly capable. Also it reminds me I miss Roccafort on Ultimates.

Green Valley #4 (Skybound) – Wow what a crazy twist from that “wizard” in the last issue. There seems to be a bigger and crazier story from Landis going on here, and I hope this issue gives us some more weird awesome stuff. This is a miniseries, but it will run 9 issues, and I have enjoyed all of them so far.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Libby’s Dad (Retrofit Comics) – An absolutely fantastic indie/small press comic that focuses on teenage girls gossiping about one of their fathers. It’s an interesting comic and then you get to the end with its twist that makes your gut sink. So fantastic.

Red Dog #2 (451 Media Group) – A sci-fi series focused on a boy on a mining colony and the aliens that they have to deal with. The first issue was a solid read and I’m expecting this one to be just as entertaining. If you like sci-fi, you should check this one out.

The Rift #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A pilot is pulled through time and if he’s not sent back in time it spells disaster. A cool time travel story with some nice swerves.

The Skeptics #3 (Black Mask Studios) – Cold War fun that’s as entertaining as it is cool and stylish.

Invisible Republic #14 (Image Comics) – A reporter trying to get to the heart of the story behind a revolution and the fallout from his discoveries. The story feels even more appropriate today.

 

Shay

Pick of the Week: Justice League of America: Vixen #1 (DC Comics) – Mari McCabe is giving me life in the backstory bonanza and I am here for all of it!!!

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #4 (DC Comics) – I need to know how this all shakes out and what Amanda has gotten everyone into this time!

Motor Crush #2 (Image Comics) – Domino Swift may very well be my dreamland spirit animal and I love it!

Jessica Jones #4 (Marvel) – Jess wants to protect her family from pure evil by pushing them away and we all know how that usually turns out.

Southern Bastards Create Charity Variant to Benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center and ACLU

In response to the recent trend toward online harassment, Jason Latour and Jason Aaron’s Southern Bastards #16 issue will feature a special variant cover to benefit charity. The proceeds raised by this variant will be split between the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU.

This special “Don’t Be a Bastard” charity variant cover by series co-creator Latour is part of the ongoing “Roberta Tubb” variant series, showcasing Southern Bastards’ protagonist Roberta Tubb, interpreted by some of comics’ brightest artistic talents.

This is not the first time Latour and Aaron have announced a variant to benefit charity. The Southern Bastards #10 charity variant raised $18,000 for the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Southern Bastards is a bestselling, Eisner Award-winning comic series that has been praised for its honest portrayal of Southern culture.

Southern Bastards #16 Cover B “Don’t Be a Bastard” by Latour (Diamond Code NOV168192) will be available on Wednesday, January 11th.

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