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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Moon_Knight_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Elana

Top Pick: No Mercy #9 (Image Comics)This is the most powerful issue of a comic you will read this month. It actually can stand alone if you haven’t read the series, because it’s that good and complete.

This month’s issue features the only trans male character in a mainstream comic. The ONLY one. I’m not surprised that a series which has dedicated itself to portraying an honest, diverse and realistic range of teens is the book that finally has a character like this. The story offers insight into a great injustice happening to all sorts of young people who society labels as “deviant”.

No Mercy is an unflinching series with high stakes, zero predictability and an extremely high level of moral responsibility. It lives up to it and we are stronger for reading it.

Goldie Vance #1 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)A Girl Detective! A fun resort setting! Charming and accessible art! Could this be the diverse and actually creative Nancy Drew we never had before? Probably.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – I am one of the few (read only) Moon Knight fans at my comic shop, and I knew I’d be picking this comic up anyway, but with Jeff Lemire and Jordie Bellaire involved Marvel may as well just take my money. I’ve been chomping at the bit for this comic ever since I saw who the creative team involved was.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #2 (Valiant) – Last issue took me entirely by surprise, and I absolutely loved it. I’m incredibly pumped for the second issue this week.

Voracious #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – I can’t get enough of this series. I honestly can’t. It’s an amazingly fun comic about the owner of a diner who is also a time travelling dinosaur hunter (where else do you think he  that you have to read.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #6 (Valiant) – After the brilliance of last issue, this issue has a lot to live up too (spoiler: it does). I can’t wait to get my hands on the print copy.

 

Javier

Top Pick: The Last Contract #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This is the last issue. The Geriatric Hitman with No Name closes the gap on his violent past.  Bittersweet moment, I was hoping it would continue as a series, or at least for 12 issues. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Clint Eastwood picks this up for film.

Black Road #1 (Image Comics) – I’ve been on a Viking kick these past few weeks with the History Channel’s show, and I have Wood’s collected Northlander series in TPB, so the more Vikings the better.

Carver Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Old school pulp noir in a Paris setting. It’s a brutally simple and effective book.

Delete #2 (Devil’s Due) – This is cool sci-fi action story with Armenian gangsters. Philip K. Dick meets Lone Wolf and Cub when a simple muscular Handyman teams up with an orphaned girl against killers.

Starve #8 (Image Comics) – Another Brian Wood book.  It’s underrated, but I think word is getting out on this series.  Food and comics, why didn’t I think of this first. It really is good reading.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 (DC Comics) –  A great allegory about the Syrian refugee crisis and ISIS. A great example of how comics can be so much more than spandex and powers, even when they feature spandex and powers.

Monstress #5 (Image Comics) – As always a fantastic series that blends fantasy and politics. This is world building at its best, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes. Add on top of that beautiful art and you’ve got one of the best comics on the market.

Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – Fascinated to see what they do with this series.

Nameless City Vol. 1 (First Second) – An adorable graphic novel, the first in a series. It’s a great read geared towards younger kids I think, but also very enjoyable for adults too. The series is about a city controlled by an army and the a new soldier becoming friends with one of the town people.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO (Marvel) – I want to know how he got that red arm!!!!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

International-Iron-ManWednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Superman #50 (DC Comics) – Truth be gone! Superman is back and he gets to meet Pre 52 Clark? Absolutely on board for this one. Hope we get a lot on all the supporting cast and how they react to Clark fully back. Good to see the S in the sky again. Great Caesars Ghost it took long enough.

Dragon Age: Magekiller #4 (Dark Horse Comics) – So this book has been the guilty pleasure of my pull list each month lately. Greg Rucka and Carmen Canero do an awesome job of hitting the fantasy bone with great characters and fun as hell dialogue. Sad it’s winding down. Only one more ish to go…

International Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – While I’m not completely hating Invincible Iron Man, there is definitely something lacking. Hoping that one of my favorite all time teams can bring the flash back to Tony’s tales. I don’t need a ticket to Stark Expo for this one. I’m already there.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #8 (Marvel) – I know, they’re pulling the Apocalypse Wars to coincide with the upcoming movie; but Apocalypse is a great villain, so I’m excited for this to start.  Not so keen on the fact the X-Men are going into the timestream…again!  Haven’t they already made a big enough mess with all the time travel?  I’m really hoping this is a great story arc…and I love this team line up.

All-New Inhumans #5 (Marvel) – So Crystal and her team are exploring the skyspears around the world, stopping in China first…and Spider-Man is joining them.  An interesting team up, and I’m looking forward to see it.

All-New X-Men #6 (Marvel) – Still a fun ride, but I’d like to see a little more from this title then just Warren worrying about Laura, Evan and Idie standing around in the background and Hank feeding their pet Bamf.  A more substantial story would be nice; yes I know young Scott is trying to redeem himself but ok…and??  The fun ride is getting a little stale, I want more from these kids.

Scarlet Witch #4 (Marvel) – This is the book I’m really rooting for;  I haven’t been enjoying it 100% and I just hope it finds its footing with the potential I know it has.  Wanda is such a great character, one of my favourites and I think she needs a title to shine in.

Uncanny Inhumans #6 (Marvel) – I am loving that they brought the Quiet Room from Secret Wars into the main universe, and I’m really liking the idea behind it; a neutral zone for meetings, gambling and a good time. Of course, it all goes to hell and Black Bolt has to clean it up the mess. Really enjoying this book and liking this new side of Black Bolt.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #5 (Valiant) – Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire are the talented artists joining the phenomenal writer Robert Venditti for this issue. That alone makes me drool with anticipation, but the fact that this is the first of a two part story makes me positively giddy. It has been years since I’ve read a two part story for a character I love as much as the Eternal Warrior. I can’t bloody wait.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Devolution #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – At first, I picked this up only because Remender wrote it.  Now that I am firmly aware of its premise—a devolved world resulting from a man made virus created to eliminate religious beliefs, and by extension strife and war—I’m hooked for the long haul.

3 Devils #1 (IDW Publishing) – I really don’t know much about Bo or this book. All I know is that it’s a “supernatural western with a gypsy girl, an ex-slave with no soul, and a human wolf.”  Taking a risk but sounds promising.

Clean Room #6 (Vertigo) – Gail Simone’s dark, demonic, bloody, and cultish book is giving me nightmares, and I love it.

Legends of Tomorrow #1 (DC Comics) – Old school writers (Gerry Conway and Len Wein), and a new take on Sugar and Spike (sorry, but if you automatically recognize these two, then you’re probably old).  I am eager to see what DC does with this.

Starve #7 (Image Comics) – Having grown up in East New York during the 1980s, this will not be my first experience with urban chicken farms (my Uncle had one on Euclid Avenue); but I am curious about the “Black Market Greens.”

 

Brett

Top Pick: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 (Valiant) – It’s been too long since we had an Archer and Armstrong comic from Valiant. Each time this team has been on the printed page, I’ve been beyond entertained and usually howling with laughter. Always a fantastic read, and I expect no less from this debut issue.

All-New Classic Captain Canuck #1/Captain Canuck #7 (Chapter House Comics) – Pure, fun super hero comics with none of the negative grim and gritty. A fun read that has a classic feel about it.

Legends of Tomorrow #1 (DC Comics) – I like anthologies and this series is going to spotlight various characters in each issue. This has Firestorm, Sugare & Spike, Metamorpho, and Metal Men and that combo has me excited to see where this goes and hoping for a long run.

Monstress #4 (Image Comics) – An amazing world that builds with each issue. I’m not a big fantasy fan, but this series has me hooked. A deep read and just jaw dropping art.

Superman: American Alien #5 (DC Comics) – A solid deconstruction of Superman with a rotating cast of artists with each issue. I think it’s the best Superman on the market right now.

Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj Discuss Starve

Starve06-coverStarve by writer Brian Wood and artists Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart takes us to the future where the rich are richer, celebrity television chef’s rule, and while people starve food excess is flaunted on television.

Now Starve is back for a second season! Chef Gavin Cruikshank shifts his focus from the soundstage to the streets, addressing real world themes of food scarcity and class warfare. Smart, subversive, and darkly comic, it’s a cult classic.

I got a chance to chat with Brian and Danijel about the series and what we can expect for this second volume.

Graphic Policy: Brian, how did Starve and the character of Chef Gavin Cruikshank come about?

Brian Wood: I had written a pitch and a first issue outline for Starve a long time ago, for another publisher, and for a whole lot of boring reasons it never got made until now, the right stars just never aligned until this opportunity with Danijel and Dave came up (for which I am forever grateful). But as far as I can recall I was looking to start a new book with the usual following criteria: something I can do research on and enjoy, something that seems like no one else is doing in comics, and with a main character that I, and my readers, can find some primal way to relate to. Primal meaning a universal human emotion.

Once it was time to take that ancient pitch and update it for production, a lot of the environmental themes present were ones I already used in The Massive. Which, I think, made Starve stronger because it allowed me to focus more on Gavin’s family drama and his relationship with his daughter and his craft, and less so on the dystopian elements.

GP: Danijel, how did you get involved with the series?

DZ: Brian and I wanted to create an original series for a long time, Brian sent me few ideas and I really liked the story about a rebel chef and an excessive reality show. It was a good platform for bringing in some issues both Brian and I are interested in; social inequality, the impact of reality television or internet, food as a fetish, celebrities and corporate entertainment industry.

GP: The first volume of the series seemed to be making a lot of statements, especially about celebrity when it comes to the food industry, our fetishizing of food, and how we have all of these programs showing excess when it comes to food while so many are starving and lack basic needs. What was the first volume to you?

BW: It was all of that, sure. The idea of irresponsible consumption, which is something we all are guilty of to some degree, and I live each day of my life aware that the food choices I make are not so great for the planet. The world of Starve is this hugely exaggerated world to be sure, but the core idea is present: there are people, usually the well-off, who have the luxury of doing what they want, eating what they want, and only being as responsible as they want… and basking in all of that. Flaunting it.

The celebrity aspect is important to me as well, because while I am not a chef, I am in a creative industry that has some modicum of celebrity around it, and I can relate to certain aspects of Gavin’s life… the expectations, the pressures, the feelings of fleeing, and so on. I watch a lot of food TV, from the more highbrow shows to the trashy ones, and on whole I think they’ve raised awareness of food in a way that on balance is positive.

GP: In the second volume, you’ve said you’re focusing more on a socio-political angle on food. What are some of the things you’re touching upon?

BW: In the first volume, Gavin was mostly on a soundstage cooking food for this privileged audience and trying to please them. Sure, his ultimate goal is subversion, but he’s trying to win, and even winning on his own terms still means pleasing the judges. At some point early in the second volume he gets this bad feeling that the system may be coopting him all over again. That he’s starting to enjoy winning a little too much, and that he’s not actually moving in the direction of real change.

So, to use our marketing tagline, he moves from the soundstage to the streets, and looks for actual ways to improve the lives of the people who need it, people who live below the poverty line, who exists in urban “food deserts”, who’s best option to feed their families is shitty fast food. He realizes its probably pointless to try and force a change in the 1%, and that its far better to try and help empower the 99%.

And of course, hijinks ensue.

GP: Do either of you have experience in the food industry?

BW: I have zero experience. I do like to eat, though! I have a peculiar relationship with food, as it relates to my fitness. I live every day so keenly aware of what I’m eating from a nutritional viewpoint – this much grass fed protein, this much fat but the right kind of fat, carbs-to-fiber ratio, and so on. It can get to be a little much, but I can’t stop.

DZ: Years ago I worked in a couple of restaurants in London, at the bottom of kitchen hierarchy. I was young and I didn’t mind the pressure and intensity of the environment. Restaurant kitchen is a tense and competitive place, crowded, loud and overheated, in every sense.

GP: What type of research do you do when it comes to the food itself? When it comes to the recipes or the look of the ingredients, how accurate do you try to make it?

BW: I honestly mostly wing it. Earlier I said Starve was a chance to do research, and I enjoy doing research, but this? I could spend years and not be any sort of authority. So what I write I try to make sure its correct, but I’m not staking my reputation on it (like I did with my Northlanders book) and I don’t want it to get in the way of the narrative. But the actual recipes? They are real, and they work and probably taste pretty good.

GP: Danijel, when it comes to some of the techniques they might use in the preparation of the food, are you trying to be accurate in the images on the page?

DZ: I’m trying to be as accurate as possible, most of my research is based on videos I found on the internet, and also on my limited cooking experience. There is a ton of references on the web for any imaginable cooking technique, cooking tools, recipes, etc.

GP: In my experience in the food industry, especially with chefs, I find a lot of their personal lives are pure chaos (and many self-destructive in some way like Gavin), yet there’s so much control in their kitchens and their creations. That seems to be part of the core of the series and Gavin. Where do you think that dichotomy comes from, and how’d you come about focusing on that?

BW: I think its some sort of delayed adolescence, to be honest. So much time and energy and attention is poured into the craft, it not only takes time away from having a well-rounded, mature life, it seems to justify childlike behavior. Blowing off steam, hanging out, drinking, not sleeping, being a clown. Putting off the next stage of life. Gavin is a classic example: a 50yo man who, despite being incredibly accomplished at his craft, lives like a college student. Not even a student, like a frat boy. You can see how little responsibility he’s taken in his family life.

And you know, lots of creative industries are like that. Comics is like that. Remaining man-children is, by and large, an expectation. It reveals itself in negative ways like binge-drinking at conventions, and in harmless ways like filling your house with collectible toys. I’m not judging, necessarily, since I’ve been there myself. But having been there and now not being there, I have a perspective that allows me to write someone like Gavin.

GP: Over the past few years you’ve seen a shift in Celebrity Chef’s going from just promoting themselves and their food, and more seem to have some cause or “movement” they’re a part of. Is that part of the fuel for your second volume?

BW: It’s not, no. Not by design, anyway. I can recognize some movements in food, like ‘farm to table’ to name one everyone’s heard of, but what Gavin does in this second volume is really an attempt to move away from the celebrity chef culture and into something purely practical. So it works out.

GP: How long is this arc going for and how far down the road do you have plans for the series?

BW: This second arc takes us to #10, and as is usual in comics, sales will dictate.

GP: What else do you two have on tap for this year that you can tell us about?

BW: Right now I’m working in The Massive: Ninth Wave, and Aliens: Defiance, as well as Rome West for the digital publisher Stela. I’m also really excited to see Northlanders return to print this year in the form of three big fat omnibus editions.

DZ: My focus is still on a last episode of Starve. I’m also working on a short animation movie Chaperon Rouge (Red Riding Hood) which I hope to complete in next 4 months. And there is a couple of additional projects: a graphic novel about Franz Kafka in New York, and another original 4 issue series.

Starve Dishes Out a New Season with Starve #6

Writer Brian Wood, artist Danijel Zezelj, and colorist Dave Stewart will launch a new story arc in their ongoing pop-culture satire series Starve this February.

Previously in Starve, Chef Gavin Cruikshank, back from self-imposed exile, found his little foodie television program “Starve” transformed into a gonzo arena sport where chefs slice and dice rare and endangered species for their super-rich patrons. With his personal life as much a shambles as his professional career, Chef Cruikshank worked to repair his relationship with his grown daughter while working to dismantle the monstrosity that Starve had become.

In Starve #6, Cruikshank shifts his focus, addressing real world themes of food scarcity and class warfare, while taking real steps to getting his personal life back on track.

In this second ‘season’ of Starve, Chef Gavin Cruikshank is recovering from the trauma of the first season and wondering why, since he’s so successful at reclaiming his spot as a top chef, his personal life such a shambles. But IS he actually successful at rehabilitating his TV show, or is he just being co-opted all over again?

Starve #6 hits stores Wednesday, February 17th.

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Signing With Starve’s Brian Wood at JHU

Starve1Yet another Wednesday signing at Jim Hanley Universe (JHU). At first, I was going to skip it. I had plenty of excuses. Wednesday is hump day, I have a long commute from Mid-CT to NYC (and vice versa); and around 6 PM all I want to do is get on the train for my afternoon nap on the ride home. However, I already owned a signed copy of Brian Wood‘s the DMZ Vol. 1 TPB, and rationalized that the admission price of a signed $9.99 Starve TPB–even though I really had no interest in a book about a celebrity chef–was well worth the effort to get my copy of DMZ Vol. 2 TPB signed to add to my collection.

Man, was I so wrong on this one.

Wired and wide awake from the long cold walk from East 32nd to Grand Central; on the train ride home, I cracked open my signed copy of Starve to see what it was about.

Initially, I had mixed feelings after reading the first chapter.  I was intrigued by the drug addled Gavin Cruikshank celebrity chef character, but a little put off by the dog episode. Still, I needed to know what happened next. About a half an hour later, a third of my train ride was over, and I was on Chapter 4 … like goddamn … this is pretty damn effin good.

Starve2At times the resolutions were a tad too neat, but the writing was superb, and it kept me awake the entire train ride home. This is no easy feat; usually the rhythmic motion of the train knocks me out cold in 15 minutes or less; but by the end of Chapter five (set in Brooklyn, my old stomping grounds), I was surprised to realize I was only about ten minutes away from my stop. I had been in the reading zone, where time flew by at a rapid clip unawares to me.

After reading it, I still didn’t know how to categorize it. A blurb on the back cover from Eater.com makes reference  to a “golden era of food comics.” I’m not aware of any such genre, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

What is it about? It’s about a present-future dystopian society focused on a dysfunctional celebrity family, at odds with each other amidst a subversive society of uber shallow one percenters flaunting their wealth in the middle of a looming class war. It’s a gut wrenching horror story that brilliantly satirizes the reality tv programs of today. It’s a dark bloody and violent televised contest between the young and the old. It’s the heartwarming reconciliation story of an out of the closet 1970s  queer coming to terms with his abandoned ex-wife, and barely 18 year old daughter. It’s all these things and more.

Zezelj’s art with Stewart’s colors is disturbing. It is tinted mauves, grayish blues, greens and yellows with heavy dark black inks. It is a visceral gory mess that you don’t want to look away from.

Don’t let this one pass you by like I almost did. Give Starve a chance.

And thanks again to Brian Wood for the sigs and the photo op! Now I gotta go and catch up on Season 2.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #44 CoverWednesdays 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: Ninjak #7 (Valiant): Over the past few months I have been devouring anything that Valiant has been producing, and pretty much all of it has been as good as I hoped it would be. I quite enjoyed the last issue’s (slightly) slow build up, and I can’t wait for this issue.

Batman #44 (DC Comics): Although I think it’s only a matter of time before Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl again, I’m looking forward to seeing Jock take on the Dark Knight. The only thing stopping this issue from being my top pick this week? The $4.99 price tag.

Unity #22 (Valiant): I’m actually looking forward to this for a slightly different reason; I haven’t been reading Unity – yet – because the comic has been in the middle of a story arc. This issue marks the finale of that arc, so I’ll be able to pick it up in trade form, and begin reading Unity with issue #23. Oh yes. More Valiant.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (Marvel) – It begins here! Bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, this series takes us past the destruction of the second Death Star into a world with a shattered Empire. Courtesy of writer Greg Rucka!

Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – After a hiatus that was too long, this series that tackles social issues in the form of a prison exploitation story is back. Hopefully the break has not diminished it’s excellence, but it’s near the top of my “to read” pile for the week.

Rebels #6 (Dark Horse) – Writer Brian Wood continues to bring us an entertaining and gripping look at the Revolutionary War, mixing in a bit of the philosophy behind it.

Starve #4 (Image Comics) – The world is messed up and the television show Starve mixes a celebrity chef cooking competition with excess. The characters are fascinating, and the underlying message of the series could be debated about for some time. A big middle finger to the Food Channel and all of the cooking competition shows out there.

TET #1 (IDW Publishing) – Eugene Smith is desperate to leave Vietnam behind, and begin a new life with the woman he loves. But when a fellow Marine is brutally murdered, Eugene’s plans are thrown away, forever. All’s fair in love and war, right? This crime/romance story set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed sounds too interesting to not read.

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie): Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – Probably the most important comic being made today in terms of the issues it explores like social enforcement of gender roles, racism and the prison system. In some ways it’s been a slow burn developing the story (in part because of the pace of the releases, not that it hasn’t been worth the wait). Yet the worldbuilding already feels so fleshed out. That’s probably because this dystopia is far too much like the real world of today. No wonder the series has such a loyal following.

Top Pick (tie): Phonogram the Immaterial Girl #2 (Image Comics) – Music is magic in Phonogram. Creators Gillen and McKelvie are masters at building fantastical metaphors for growing up and developing your sense of self that feel more real then any more “realist” or literal narative could ever be.

Our protagonist, Emily used her powers to exile her depressed teenage psyche to the netherverse beyond the mirror. While this gave her the hard exterior to become the Poptomistisn embracing maven she is today it also makes her past self her own worst enemy.

Last issue ended with Emily’s sad old self dragging her into Aha’s legendary “Take On Me” video video behind the screen of her TV. How will she escape? (Read my review of issue 1. A new essay is on its way)

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Last issue ended on a huge cliffhanger. Will either of the series’ two Catwomen- Eiko and Selina survive? That was a serious fall. And have you seen the stunning Kevin Wada cover of our two Catwomen tangoing? Meow.

Gotham Academy #10 (DC Comics) – Easily one of DC comics’ best books. The cast of characters and art are utterly charming. But the story also delves into real emotional turmoil that kids will recognize (& older readers will look back on and remember). The book is perfect on the perifery of the Bat world but requires no knowledge of Batman related comics to enjoy.

The Michael Moorcock Library Volume 2: The Sailors on the Seas of Fate HC Vol. 2 (Titan Comics) – This is not Conan. This is not Red Sonja. This is trippy as hell! This is the second volume of a brand new reprinting of Roy Thomas, P. Craig Russell, and Michael T. Gilbert’s take on Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic, Elric of Melniboné. While the story is quintessential 70s psychedelic sword and sorcery if you haven’t delved specifically into Moorcock’s works before it will feel utterly new to you. The work that was inspired by it is not like it. So treat yourself to this beautiful volume.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The fantastical sky pirating world of Diesel has had me excited to read it since I first heard about it weeks ago. Now, that I finally have the chance to get my hands on it I could not be more thrilled.

Batman #44 (DC Comics) – The safest pick coming out of DC right now is Batman because it has been so constantly good in the hands of Scott Snyder. And, adding one of my favorite artists Jock into the mix makes this a must read.

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Catwoman has been one of the pleasant surprises of the last few months, creating a really intriguing and exciting crime drama. I cannot stop myself from watching Selina’s criminal empire crumble and after the events in issue 43 I have to know what comes next.

Holy F*cked #1 (Action Lab – Danger Zone) – If you just want some utterly ridiculous fun while reading comics then you need to check out Holy F*cked. It is an absolute blast.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman #44 (DC Comics) – Snyder and Jock team reunited for a one off that shows Bruce back in the cowl and gives us an insight to the origin tale of Mr. Bloom. Yes I may miss Capullo for one month but this should be great!

Action Comics #44 (DC Comics) – Truth comes to an end. Will all the answers set us free? Only Kuder and Co. know.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 (Marvel Comics) – I am very pumped for this one. Now that they got through the prodding first few issues, last month really turned up the heat. We get Spidey and Annie May side by side fighting for survival of their world. I cannot wait! Let’s see that Parker luck in full force!

TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #9 (IDW Publishing) – Turtles. Color. Classics. Always there.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #3 (Marvel) – One of my favourite titles to come out of Secret Wars.  Abigail Brand is front and center, defending the SHIELD in a never ending battle from the hordes that would lay waste to Battleworld.  Issue #2 ended with Abigail seeing a familiar face leading the charge against her…can’t wait to see this go down.

A-Force #4 (Marvel) – A mysterious new ally!  A traitor in their ranks!  And the Thors are on their way to uphold the laws of Doom.  She-Hulk has fought hard for Arcadia…is she about to lose everything?  Looking forward to finding out!  This has been a fun book from the start that hasn’t disappointed.

Civil War #4 (Marvel) – Issue #3 showed us a third party pulling strings in this civil war…and the Punishers are just too damn cool.  Iron Man and Captain America are getting desperate…will either one stand victorious?  This has been a surprise hit with me; I’ve really enjoyed seeing these characters in what seems like a ‘What If?’ story.  It doesn’t feel like a tie in book, but more of a fast forward if the war went on.  If you’re not reading this one, what are you waiting for?

Around the Tubes

Sleep is slowly returning post Comic-Con. Have you recovered if you went? While you do that, here’s some news and reviews to keep you busy.

Around the Tubes

GamePolitics – SPJ AirPlay experiences some turbulence – Shocker.

Blabbermouth – FEAR FACTORY’s BURTON C. BELL To Release Graphic Novel ‘The Industrialist’ – Well ok then.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – 1872 #1

CBR – Runaways #2

CBR – Saga #30

CBR – Starve #2

Preview: Starve #2

Starve #2

Story By: Brian Wood
Art By: Danijel Zezelj
Art By: Dave Stewart
Cover By: Danijel Zezelj
Cover By: Dave Stewart
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY150506
Published: July 8, 2015

The scathing look at foodie culture and celebrity chef fandom continues. Think Anthony Bourdain in a Transmet world.

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Preview: Starve #1

Starve #1

Story By: Brian Wood
Art By: Danijel Zezelj
Art By: Dave Stewart
Cover By: Danijel Zezelj
Cover By: Dave Stewart
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150495
Published: June 10, 2015

UTENSILS DOWN, HANDS UP! WELCOME TO STARVE! Once the world’s most famous chef, Gavin Cruikshank’s been in a self-imposed exile for years. His little foodie television program has since evolved into STARVE, an arena sport that pits chef against chef for the pleasure of their super-rich patrons. It’s a stain on a once-noble profession, and Chef Gavin is ready to go to war to stop it. Two things stand in his way: his arch rival Roman Algiers, and his adult daughter Angie, who probably just wants her dad back and acting normal. Whipsmart world-building and a creative dream team (DMZ, The Massive, Star Wars, Loveless, Hellboy, The Sandman) come together for a brand new monthly series!

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Review: Starve #1

Starve01UTENSILS DOWN, HANDS UP! WELCOME TO STARVE! Once the world’s most famous chef, Gavin Cruikshank’s been in a self-imposed exile for years. His little foodie television program has since evolved into STARVE, an arena sport that pits chef against chef for the pleasure of their super-rich patrons. It’s a stain on a once-noble profession, and Chef Gavin is ready to go to war to stop it. Two things stand in his way: his arch rival Roman Algiers, and his adult daughter Angie, who probably just wants her dad back and acting normal.

Written by Brian Wood, with art by Danijel Zezelj, Starve #1 quickly fleshes out a world, something Wood excels at. Through dialogue, as opposed to relying on visuals, we’re painted a world where the haves and haves not are even more separated. Starve #1 comes off to me as Wood again taking on politics through comics, though this time with a slight twist.

Wood in the first issue hints and explores a little the fetishized world of food, and the focus of food entertainment programs on meals and solutions for the haves, not the people who actually might need help when it comes to meal planning and learning to cook. If the series continues this focus and direction, it’ll be a truly fascinating one. Not only commenting on the celebrity chef, but also the incorrect focus of their lessons.

The comic begins with the excess that seems to be common in the cooking world. Excessive partying, drugs, drinking, it’s a rock star life for some. And for those that I know that are chefs, this isn’t unheard of. To see Wood jump in with that is entertaining in that it both gives us an idea of who the character Gavin Cruikshank is, but also… it’s the way it often is! Cruikshank is an asshole no doubt, and there’s a reveal about the character I don’t want to ruin.

Zezelj provides amazing art. It reminds me a lot at times of Wood’s earlier work, especially DMZ. It’s a rough, almost dirty style that is fantastic when the world is indeed supposed to be exactly that, which this one is. It works especially well in the beginning of the comic when Cruikshank is still in the slums.

Overall, the first issue is a fascinating start. It’s a comic I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced at Image Expo. The first issue doesn’t disappoint, and sets up a strange world and topic that’s rarely seen in comics. It’s unique for sure, and that helps it make it beyond entertaining.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Danijel Zezelj
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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