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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.

Batman: Creature of the Night #1 (DC Comics) – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for a spiritual companion to Superman: Secret Identity. Busiek writing Batman, yes please!

Catalyst Prime: Kino #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s impressive new world. Anything the release is worth checking out and has us excited!

Chasing Hitler #1 (Red 5 Comics) – From the mind of a high school senior, the niece of Jai Nitz. The creator and concept of Hitler surviving and being chased down has us intrigued.

Dark Ark #3 (AfterShock) – Have you read the first two issues? This mash-up of horror and Biblical concepts is a fascinating and fun read.

Darkhawk #51 (Marvel) – We’re always interested in seeing what Marvel is doing with these one-shots and revisiting some classic characters and stories.

Eternity #2 (Valiant) – Is another classic in the making too hogh a bar?

Giantkillers #0 (IDW Publishing/Ominous Press) – Bart Sears and Ron Marz are continuing to kick off their new world and we want to see what it’s all about.

Interceptor Vol. 2 Reactor #1 (Vault Comics) – Donny Cates is writing it and that’s all we need to know about this return into the world of vampire warfare.

John Wick #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If you’ve seen the two movies you know why we’re excited for this.

Mystik U #1 (DC Comics) – It’s Harry Potter meets Gotham Academy with DC’s mystical characters. We’re onboard to see where this goes.

Splatoon Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – The popular video game in manga form!

Star Trek Discovery #1 (IDW Publishing) – The show has been fantastic so we’re expect the same with these comics.

Star Wars Comics (Marvel and IDW Publishing) – There’s four different Star Wars comics from two publishers and we’re excited for them all.

Sword of Ages #1 (IDW Publishing) – Gabriel Rodriguez, the writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator does fantasy. Yes please!

Zegas GN (Fantagraphics) – Michel Fiffe of Copra awesomeness. That alone should get you interested in this.

Preview: Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #3

Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #3

(W) Matt Owens (A) Denys Cowan (CA) Jesus Saiz
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Mace and his squad’s first mission of the newly begun Clone Wars continues!
• What do the Separatists want with the planet of Hissrich?
• Can Mace overcome mercenary droid AD-W4 to stop them?

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #2

Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #2

(W) Matt Owens (A) Denys Cowan (CA) Jesus Saiz
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• On a planet of near-perpetual darkness, the Jedi must bring light.
• Mace finds both his faith and skill tested.
• For is it truly the place of the Jedi to go to war?

Review: Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1

As a Star Wars fan who grew up in the Prequel Era, the purple lightsaber wielding Jedi as played by Samuel L. Jackson, Mace Windu, has always been one of my favorite characters. He gets his own solo miniseries in Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1, and Matt Owens’ comic isn’t a breakaway hit with a generic mission to a Separatist planet called Hissrich with a small band of Jedi yadda yadda. The planet is supposed to have a hostile natural environment, but the only threats so far are a platoon of battle droids and sort of intriguing, sort of underwhelming Big Bad. His writing for the characters themselves isn’t bad with the usual confident Master Windu doubting himself after so many Jedi lost their lives at the Geonosis, and Ki-Adi-Mundi and Yoda providing supporting in the early council scenes. He’s not bad at banter either with the blind, mostly pacifist Prosset providing some dry one-liners as comic relief to go with his ass kicking.

But the real reason to pick it up is the sharp artwork of comics legend and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan with help from inker Roberto Poggi and colorist Guru eFx. Star Wars has been around for 40 years, and there have been all sorts of vehicles, but the team’s stealth fighter-meets-transport ship Westwind is an inspired piece of design from Cowan and company. It’s kind of flashy, yet practical nature reflects the personality of its pilot, Rissa, who along with one of the more underrated Jedi, Kit Fisto, rounds out the fearsome foursome. She’s a huge fangirl of Mace Windu and wants to impress by charging right ahead, which isn’t the best idea on a stealth mission. And this is where sparks literally fly in Cowan and Poggi’s work with the Jedi easily defeating battle droids, and Guru eFx throwing in some purple when Windu takes out a column of them. They aren’t bad in the more thoughtful scenes with Yoda starting to look weary as he must martial the peaceful Jedi into war, and Mace Windu showing the charisma of a leader picking his team, yet still a little hesitant about going into battle. Rissa is all wide eyed wonder though as seen in some close-up panels during the battle droid battle scene.

Instead of having everyone all rah rah to slice up battle droids and take out Separatists, Owens, Cowan, and Poggi use their main cast of four Jedi in Mace Windu #1 to portray a variety of POVs about the Clone Wars. Mace himself is cool with being both a general of the Republic and a Jedi master, but is constantly bringing up the dead Jedi he left behind at Geonosis and reminding himself that sometimes peace involves war. Even more skeptical than him is Prosset, who flat out says, “War is no place for a Jedi” before going a super secret stealth mission. He has a zen approach to combat almost like the peaceful DC Comics superhero Dove taking out even his non-sentient droid opponents in a clean and seamless manner.

Of course, Rissa is the impetuous youngster, who hasn’t experience the horrors of war yet and gives the droids demeaning nickname while chomping at the bit to take them out and mentioning Mace Windu’s lightsaber skill quite a few times. In some Star Wars stories that probably aren’t canon now, Mace is a practitioner of the aggressive Vaapad lightsaber form, which is close to the Dark Side. So, perhaps he sees a bit of himself in her headstrong approach to battle. For now, it looks Kit Fisto is there to be the good natured butt of the snarkier Rissa and Prosset’s jokes, and Cowan, Poggi, and Guru eFx nail his super cool green tentacle look.

Mace Windu #1’s mission plot isn’t groundbreaking, and a decent amount of Matt Owens’ story is concerned in introducing the team and re-introducing the Clone War conflict. However, he gives each member of Mace’s team a unique personality, and Denys Cowan and Roberto Poggi draw the hell out of some lightsaber battles, vehicles, and Jedi council deliberations so it’s worth at least a flip through.

Story: Matt Owens Pencils: Denys Cowan Inks: Roberto Poggi Colors: Guru eFx
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1

Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1

(W) Matt Owens (A) Denys Cowan (CA) Jesus Saiz
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

For over a thousand generations, the Jedi have been the peacekeepers of the galaxy…but now, at the dawn of the Clone Wars, they find themselves in a new role: generals in the Army of the Republic. As Mace Windu, one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors, leads a small unit of Jedi into battle shortly after the war begins, the Jedi must make peace with their new role, or be lost to the violence around them!

The Jedi’s Greatest Warrior Charges Into Battle – Marvel Announces Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1!

The Jedi have always been the galaxy’s peacekeepers…but with the Clone Wars on the horizon, all that is about to change. This August, writer Matt Owens teams with artist Denys Cowan to unveil the exciting story of one of the Jedi’s greatest warriors in Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1!

One of the most accomplished and storied members of the Jedi High Council, his wisdom and combat prowess are legendary. Now, in this new story, readers will get to see Mace Windu lead his Jedi into battle…and face the ultimate test of leadership!

Don’t be surprised if you see familiar faces of fan favorites, which Owens promises “will feel like an organic part of the tapestry of the Star Wars universe.” This August, May the Force Be With You!

Featuring covers by Jesus Saiz, Javier Rodriguez, Rahzzah, and Russell Dauterman.