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Yesterday was new comic book day! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Polygon – Captain Marvel, explained by the people who reimagined her – Who else is excited for this film!?

CBLDF – 2018 Banned Books Week Handbook Has Arrived! – Hopefully we get to a point where this isn’t a thing anymore.

CBR – Disney’s Streaming Plans Will Likely Kill Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Or the bad ratings.

Comichron – Justice League, Batman, Venom lead reorders; first Local Comic Shop Day items appear – Not too surprising.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – House of Whispers #1

The Beat – Passing for Human

We Got this Covered – Return of Wolverine #1

AiPT! – Star Wars: Thrawn

Review: Star Wars: Thrawn

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Star Wars: Thrawn based on the novel by Timothy Zahn.

Star Wars: Thrawn is written by Jody Houser, art by Luke Ross, color by Nolan Woodard, lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Star Wars: Thrawn #4

Star Wars: Thrawn #4

(W) Jody Houser (A) Luke Ross (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE RISE OF THE GRAND ADMIRAL” CONTINUES!
Thrawn’s rise in the Imperial Empire continues at a trajectory one can only dream of. Meanwhile, Eli Vanto is still stuck in the same position as when he graduated – Thrawn’s aide. But will Thrawn’s obsession and pursuit of the mysterious crimelord “Nightswan” lead both Imperials to success in the Emperor’s eyes? Help comes from mysterious places in the Empire…

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.

Betrothed #1 (AfterShock Comics) – Sean Lewis and Steve Uy’s new series and those creators alone have us excited. The concept is out there involving two individuals who each lead an army at war with each other but when they turn eighteen they either need to get married or fight to the death.

Come Into Me #1 (Black Mask Studio) – A new horror series about body image, social media, and memory. Sounds interesting to us!

Eternity Girl #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The teasers in “Milk Wars” got us amped up and we were already excited about this new series from Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew.

Ghost Money #8 (Lion Forge Comics) – You probably have been missing this series about all of the money terrorists made from 9/11. Really interesting stuff that reads like the best thrillers.

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1 (IDW Publishing) – When the containment unit empties, who you gonna call? Every Ghostbuster in every dimension. Sounds like fun!

Infidel #1 (Image Comics) – Fantastic psychological horror with a religious twist.

Mister Miracle #7 (DC Comics) – A fantastic issue that picks up after the shocking end of the last one. Great humor to it as Mister Miracle and Barda have their kid!

New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 (Marvel) – New Mutants… we’re in.

Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge Comics) – A charity anthology to raise money for the people of Puerto Rico. A mix of education and entertainment and a must get.

Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (Marvel) – The rise of Thrawn!!! Adapting the books, it’s a must for Star Wars fans.

 

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (of 6)

Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (of 6)

Story: Jody Houser Art: Luke Ross Cover Art: Paul Renaud
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Variant Cover: Declan Shalvey, Matthew Wilson
Production Design: Anthony Gambino
Editor: Heather Antos Supervising Editor: Jordan D. White
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE RISE OF THE GRAND ADMIRAL CONTINUES!
Mitt’hraw’nuruodo, better known as Lieutenant Thrawn of the Galactic Empire, has graduated the Imperial Academy with the highest marks possible, as well as been assigned his own personal assistant, Ensign Eli Vanto, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the Imperial army wants him to succeed. Tensions run high in the ranks of the Empire as Thrawn continues to defeat new enemies.

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Tomorrow’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? 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.

Medium – The Marvel Movie Graph — 5 Years Later – This is some really cool work.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Captain America #698

The Outhousers – Detective Comics #974

Comic Attack – Harriet Tumban: Demon Slayer #1-2

Talking Comics – Sideways #1

Talking Comics – Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Review: Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 CoverReleased from the continuity limbo of “Legends”, fan favorite Star Wars EU character (The future Grand Admiral.) Thrawn gets his own solo comic, a six issue adaptation of his creator Timothy Zahn’s novel Thrawn. In Star Wars: Thrawn #1, writer Jody Houser, artist Luke Ross, and colorist Nolan Woodard tell the story of how a blue skinned Chiss alien almost immediately became the favorite of Emperor Palpatine and shed insight into how he became one of the greatest strategists and most complex villains in the Star Wars mythos. It’s less origin story/Easter Egg cutesiness and more the first move in a chess game that goes beyond Empire versus Rebels. (Fingers crossed that the Yuuzhan Vong are a thing in the Disney Star Wars-verse.) Plus Thrawn is just flat out cool even if he’s a lieutenant and not a grand admiral in this comic.

To go along with the chess metaphor, it’s fitting that the first few pages of Thrawn #1 are arranged in a neat nine panel grid from Ross that complements his precise figure work. Without a single word out of his mouth, Houser and Ross establish Thrawn as both a wily fighter and tactician, who eludes a platoon of stormtroopers and smuggles himself onboard their ship. Colorist Woodard lays out a dark palette and only relents for Thrawn’s blue skin and red eyes, and this gift for cloak and dagger fights serves the book well later.

Even though he seems like he’s always in control, Thrawn has one weakness: his difficulties speaking Basic, the lingua franca of the Galactic Empire. This leads him to bond with Eli, who just wants to keep his head down, crunch numbers, and run calculations on an Imperial supply ship, but ends up becoming the closest companion to one of the most ambitious men in the galaxy. Eli also allows Houser to keep some of the Thrawn mystique intact by having him as the narrator instead of letting readers have a glimpse into Thrawn’s tactical, unorthodox mind. Unlike, say the Prequel trilogy where we find out that Darth Vader used to be a nine year old who had the penchant for saying ThrawnInterior“Yippee” and grew into a whiny 19 year old that complained about sand, Thrawn #1 forms a portrait of its protagonist’s youth by showing how other people react to him.

And one of those people is Emperor Palpatine himself, who is illustrated in wrinkly lines from Luke Ross and a mix of darkness and light showing the glow of Coruscant and the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Even though he’s an exile from his people, Thrawn talks and bargains with the Emperor like an equal in a epic tete a tete. However, Palpatine is definitely playing dirty when he says that Thrawn’s old war companion, Anakin Skywalker, is dead, and this undisclosed fact might be the most intriguing element of the series so far as well as being a great callback to Obi Wan telling Luke that Anakin is dead. During these scenes, Ross and Woodard tap into the epic vein of Star Wars with blue tinged background shots of Anakin and red flames for Vader hinting that he and Thrawn will most likely come face to face some day.

But Thrawn #1 isn’t all foreshadowing and foreboding. The main portion of the book reminded me of the early scenes in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek where Kirk and Spock are at Starfleet Academy and starting to adjust to the roles they’ll later take on as legendary pop culture figures, but with an evil twist. Thrawn immediately has an handicap at the Academy when his instructor, Deenlark, gives him a lieutenant’s plaque even though he’s a cadet. Of course, he uses this to his advantage. Houser also executes a pragmatic twist on the old “rookie hazing” trope with Thrawn devising an interesting punishment-by-way-of-promotion for his tormentors, who are at officer school because of nepotism. Thrawn doesn’t join the Empire for hubris or power trip reasons, but to solve problems in productive ways. He’s not a villain; he’s a consultant.

Thanks to Luke Ross’ screen toned, yet easy to follow art, Nolan Woodard’s blue and black color palette, and Jody Houser’s precise writing and plotting, Thrawn #1 is a riveting read even for the most origin story fatigued comic book/Star Wars fan.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Luke Ross Colors: Nolan Woodard
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? 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.

The Commonwealth Times – Comic book trailblazer added to VCU collection – This is pretty cool.

CBR – Wonder Woman Draws Record Ratings in Its HBO Premiere – This is pretty awesome. Would love to no what the on demand views are over time.

The Comichron – Dark Nights Metal #5 top reorder last week; Sienkiewicz Walking Dead covers lead advance reorders for March, April – For those that like the horse race.

 

Reviews

IGN – Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

IGN – Invincible #144

Flickering Myth – Kick-Ass #1

IGN – Kick-Ass #1

The Beat – The Smell of Starving Boys

IGN – Star Wars: Thrawn #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.

Joe

Top Pick: Detective Comics #974 (DC Comics) – I have loved this comic since DC Rebirth. Tynion has been fantastic on it, and the team dynamic has never felt stale. There has been new characters brought in, old characters brought back, and the inclusion of Clayface has been wonderful. This issue deals with the fallout from the giant clay monster hulking out (claying out?) again, and losing control.

Action Comics #997 (DC Comics) – The arc with Booster and Supes has been really fun, and we are getting so close to #1000! I am excited to how Jurgens ends this arc on the series before Bendis steps in, as it has been a really great series since Rebirth, much like Detective.

Sideways #1 (DC Comics) – This is another book in the new line of heroes DC is introducing. The character design looks really cool, and the premise is interesting. I make no guarantees as I still need to read it soon, but a new #1 can always be fun, and if it isn’t you’re out just a few bucks on taking a chance on a new series.

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s Metal event has been a really fun and wild ride. This book deals with the Dark Knights/Evil Batmen from other dimensions. I have high hopes for this book, though I do hope these villains and this tale won’t start dragging on and really delivers as it has so far.

Old Man Logan #35 (Marvel) – Another fantastic and overlooked series that has been consistently great, even after Lemire left and Brisson took over. Grab this if you’re in for a nostalgia fix for old school Wolverine, Silver Samarui, and The Hand. It’s great!

Brett

Top Pick: Avengers #680 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a blast so far as far as events living up to the hype and delivering despite a weekly delivery. That new issue every week has been part of the success as we don’t have to wait too long for each issue which has been filled with eye catching moments. No idea where this is all going, but I’m along for the ride.

Catalyst Prime Accell #8 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe has delivered on its promise of diverse titles, creators, and characters. This version of their speedster has been lots of fun delivering laughs and amazing visuals.

Ghost Money #7 (Lion Forge Comics) – A series that’s completely under the radar. Basically, someone made a lot of money off of 9/11 (true fact) and this series is about those dollars. Where did it all go? Lots of political intrigue and politics. Very interesting series that’s like no other.

Judas #3 (BOOM! Studios) – And another original series… this one is about Judas after the whole betrayal thing. It’ll get you thinking about religion in a very different way.

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 (Marvel) – The book series now comes to comics as we learn more about the legend.

 

Jon

Death of Love #1 (Image Comics) –  After a weekend when almost everyone seemed to be talking about Comics Gate, Indie Mafia hit man Justin Jordan drops a great response to MRAs, misogynists and nice guys everywhere.

Preview: Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Star Wars: Thrawn #1

(W) Jody Houser (A) Luke Ross (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $4.99

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Star Wars Universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn is back with a six-issue miniseries about how he became one of the most feared military tacticians in a galaxy far, far away. Written by Jody Houser (ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION) and drawn by Luke Ross (STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION), follow the comic adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s New York Times best-selling novel about Thrawn’s rise in the Imperial ranks!