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Mini Reviews: Go Starward, Deal with Zombies, Survive a Train Crash, and more!

Starward #1

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Task Force Z #7 (DC Comics) – A fun issue that’s a bit of a step back as the next arc begins. The rosin is running out which puts the team in a bind as they need to figure out what to do next. This is a concept which just shouldn’t work as good as it does but each month it delivers a hell of a lot of fun with it’s over the top concept of a zombie Suicide Squad. Overall Rating: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1 (Marvel) – I wish the comic worked better than it did. John Proudstar has been returned due to mutant resurrection and wants to see what he’s missed over the years so he heads home. It’s a comic that works better if you’re really invested in the character but the main series has done a lot to really get readers invested yet. There’s some solid concepts here that aren’t delved enough into and his history and why he’s important isn’t laid out as well as it should be. Overall, a missed opportunity. Overall Rating: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Starward #1 (Heavy Metal) – Stephanie Cohen’s birthday is today and as soon as she turns a year older, she discovers there’s much more to her life than she knew. An interesting concept of former warriors who protected the world from chaos mixed with fantastic art makes for a hell of a debut. This is a great comic so far and one to keep an eye on. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Panic #1 (comiXology Originals) – I really wanted to like this one and I did for the first 3/4 of it. A train derails underground and a group of survivors must figure out what to do… but one person there might not have been on the train. The setup and concept of strangers having to rely on each other to survive is good. But, there’s this mystery individual thrown in there that just feels like it’s out of left field. Maybe it comes together in the second issue but the first is a little bumpy. Overall Rating: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Starward #1

Starward #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Ivan Shavrin (CA) Ivan Sharvin
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Stephanie Cohen’s life is all going according to plan. The only problem is…the plan isn’t hers! She’s crushing it at college, but her fast track to a medical degree is something her parents decided for her, seemingly at birth. Stephanie was never consulted on her own life. So, now she’s drowning in pre-med when she’d rather be studying classics, folklore, and mythology. But on the eve of her twentieth birthday, as Stephanie prepares to stare into her own personal summer abyss for yet another day…she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect. Check out Steve Orlando’s new fantasy series now!

Starward #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Twig #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Archer & Armstrong Forever #1 (Valiant) – If you’ve ever read a comic with these two, you know why we’re excited. In this series Armstrong loses his immortality and Archer refuses to let him go gentle into that good night.

Dogs of London #1 (AfterShock) – Former gang members who thought they escaped their troubled past are about to be haunted by that past. The Dogs have awoken, and they seek more than mere revenge.

Flashpoint Beyond #1 (DC Comics) – The zero issue was a bit mixed but we’re intrigued to see where this all goes and how far it’ll go as we return to the world of Flashpoint!

Metal Society #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow) – Humans and robots clash and who will reign supreme will be determined when they square off MMA-style!

Quests Aside #1 (Vault Comics) – The King plans to shut down the bar Quests Aside and the retired adventurer Barrow must figure out a way to save it!

Spider-Man 2099 Exodus Alpha #1 (Marvel) – No more time travel for Miguel O’Hara. He’s back in his time and must deal with a cataclysmic clash that creates a new Garden of Eden in the American Wastelands.

Starward #1 (Heavy Metal) – Stephanie Cohen’s life is all going according to plan. The only problem is…the plan isn’t hers! On the eve of her twentieth birthday she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect.

Task Force Z #7 (DC Comics) – New recruits for Task Force Z? The series has been a lot of fun mixing the concept of the Suicide Squad with zombies! It shouldn’t work but it totally does!

Twig #1 (Image Comics) – It’s a tale of of hope, heartache, and determination to overcome insurmountable odds! in what’s described as a “Bone-esque” quest from Skottie Young and Kyle Strahm!

Preview: Starward #1

Starward #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Ivan Shavrin (CA) Ivan Sharvin
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Stephanie Cohen’s life is all going according to plan. The only problem is…the plan isn’t hers! She’s crushing it at college, but her fast track to a medical degree is something her parents decided for her, seemingly at birth. Stephanie was never consulted on her own life. So, now she’s drowning in pre-med when she’d rather be studying classics, folklore, and mythology. But on the eve of her twentieth birthday, as Stephanie prepares to stare into her own personal summer abyss for yet another day…she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect. Check out Steve Orlando’s new fantasy series now!

Starward #1

Hajime Sorayama and Heavy Metal Magazine Team for “Sexy Robot Covers”

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced that legendary Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, famous for his Sexy Robot paintings and statues, will be contributing artwork for three new covers for Heavy Metal Magazine #312. There is also a gallery within the magazine featuring the full, uncensored artwork by Sorayama, alongside a profile written by Heavy Metal Entertainment’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord David Erwin. The three different covers showcase sci-fi inspired robots in different sensual poses; all three editions of the magazine are available to purchase starting December 8th, 2021, when the issue became available in stores and online.

Sorayama previously illustrated the iconic front cover of Heavy Metal Magazine’s November 1980 issue, featuring a stunning female android draped in a red sheet, as well as the back cover for the August 1981 issue. Heavy Metal is happy to reunite once again with Sorayama for this spectacular Sexy Robot artwork. Hajime Sorayama is a celebrated artist on a global scale; his extensive oeuvre centers upon an ongoing pursuit for beauty regarding the human body and the machine, and he has continued to receive high international acclaim.

The “Sexy Robot” series, Sorayama’s signature body of work, started in 1978 and continues into the modern day, serving to establish his world-wide reputation. The Sexy Robot artwork he created for Aerosmith’s 2001 album Just Push Play earned him global renown, and in 2018, Sorayama collaborated with fashion house Dior for its 2019 pre-fall collection in Tokyo, presenting a 39-foot-high gigantic Sexy Robot statue for the show that gained vast attention from all over the world.

Issue #312 of Heavy Metal Magazine not only feature Sorayama’s artwork, but also includes the first two parts of Avenging Demon Princes, a newly translated French space opera, adapted by Jo Morvan from the original novel by Jack Vance, with incredible art by Paolo Traisci. Heavy Metal Magazine #312 also presents the return of The Adventures of Adrienne James, Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards’ “female Indiana Jones in space” series, with all-star illustrator Santa Fung coming aboard as the artist for the series.

All-new chapters of Ron Marz’s Swamp God series, Steve Orlando’s Starward series, and Ryan K Lindsay and Sebastián Píriz’s Black Beacon series are also featured in the issue.

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