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Preview: Strange Academy #13

Strange Academy #13

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Strange Academy kids have a night on the town in New Orleans!
• Some kids go for a tour of a famous NOLA graveyard, and I’m sure you know how teens in graveyards usually go.
• Emily takes a field trip of her own, and we also learn the SECRET ORIGIN OF ZOE LAVEAU!

Strange Academy #13

Preview: Strange Academy #12

Strange Academy #12

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The person who shattered Toth is revealed, and it brings the second story arc of STRANGE ACADEMY to a rip-roaring climax!!!
• Pieces of the Marvel Universe and Doctor Strange’s past come back to haunt not Stephen Strange, but the students of The Strange Academy.
• But that doesn’t wash the hands of the person at Strange Academy who may just bring the whole. School. Down.

Strange Academy #12

Doctor Strange’s Death is Felt Across the Marvel Universe and Explored in New Tie-in Issues

The final saga of Doctor Strange is upon us! This September, the Marvel Universe will lose its Sorcerer Supreme in Death of Doctor Strange, a new limited series written by Jed MacKay with art by Lee Garbett. This startling story will not only dive into the mystery behind Doctor Strange’s demise but also explore the major impact his death will have on the Earth that he so fiercely protected from countless mystical threats.

In addition to the main series, Death of Doctor Strange will also spin out into pulse-pounding tie-ins that deal with the ramifications from the loss of one of Marvel’s most vital heroes.

Written by Alex Paknadel with art by Ryan Bodenheim, Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1 will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face off against a rampaging new Juggernaut. Can they prevent the unstoppable being from destroying Manhattan or do they lack the magical expertise needed to find an answer? The issue features a cover by Steve Skroce.

And Strange Academy is shut down until the events surrounding Dr. Strange’s death are resolved in Strange Academy Presents: Death of Doctor Strange #1 written by Strange Academy creator Skottie Young with art by superstar cover artist Mike Del Mundo and featuring a cover by Humberto Ramos. When the student body is forced to return home, Iric and Alvi come face-to-face with their mother: the Enchantress! Dealing with problems of her own in the wake of Strange’s death, fans will learn that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and more than just one realm is in trouble.

Check out the covers of October’s Death of Doctor Strange installments now, including the poignant cover for Death of Doctor Strange #2 by Kaare Andrews.

Preview: Strange Academy #11

Strange Academy #11

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• It’s a murder mystery at Strange Academy, and not the fun kind with the pretend roles.
• Toth has been shattered and everyone is a suspect.
• Can the teachers discover Whodunit? Could it be ONE OF THEM?!?!

Strange Academy #11

Preview: Strange Academy #10

Strange Academy #10

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• FIELD TRIP! The students of Strange Academy are off on their first field trip. Hope everyone got their permission slips in!
• They’re off to Alvi & Iric’s home– ASGARD– where you’ll something truly shocking about these twins!
• Emily hasn’t fully recovered from the events of #6… will she find something in Asgard to help her heal?

Strange Academy #10

Preview: Strange Academy #9

Strange Academy #9

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• It’s PARENTS’ DAY at Strange Academy!
• For most students, it’s a joyous day, but for Calvin Morse, an orphan…not so much.
• So while the rest of the parents go on a scavenger hunt around campus, Calvin and an unlikely friend face something truly scary.

Strange Academy #9

Preview: Strange Academy #8

Strange Academy #8

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Students of Strange Academy go on a perfectly normal field trip… to space… uncovering a magical artifact… with Rocket and Groot.
• Yep, perfectly normal.
• Meanwhile, WHAT IS THE RING OF DREAD?!

Strange Academy #8

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Other History of the DC Universe

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Batman: Black & White #2 (DC Comics) – Amazing art made the first issue stand out and we’re hoping for more of the same with the second.

Dead End Kids: The Suburban Job #1 (Source Point Press) – Three friends are brought back together when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a local drug dealer.

The Eighth Immortal #1 (Source Point Press) – And immortal must choose between protecting humanity and her own sanity.

I Survived Vol. 3 Nazi Invasion 1944 (Graphix) – In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis.

Kaiju Score #3 (AfterShock) – Things are of course going sideways when it comes to the heist and it’s thankfully entertaining watching things go wrong.

Loot #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – Emily D. Jackson works for her newly retired mom in loss prevention at a big box superstore by day and turns her passion for theft into part-time treasure hunting on the side.

Nailbiter Returns #9 (Image Comics) – The series has been a fantastic “horror sequel” taking all of the tropes and expectations of being one and mixing it up. If you’re a fan of the genre, the series as a whole is worth checking out.

The Other History of the DC Universe #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue was jaw dropping and the second has us just as impressed. This series continues to look at the history of DC through the perspective of its minority characters. This issue, the Teen Titans.

Stake #1 (Scout Comics) – As a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunter Union, and with the help of her ancient vampiric mentor Jessamy, Angel’s out to track down the bloodthirsty monsters who destroyed her life.

Strange Academy #7 (Marvel) – The series has been a lot of fun with fantastic artwork. The danger is increasing now as we’re past the introduction and this is becoming one of Marvel’s best regular releases.

Taarna #2 (Heavy Metal) – The first issue delivered a cosmic trippy story and we’re excited to see where this series goes from here. With solid visuals and grand scope, the series feels like an homage to Jack Kirby.

Preview: Strange Academy #7

Strange Academy #7

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The first arc ended in loss, but teeters on the edge of tragedy.
• There are some that Strange cannot save, but can he minimize the graves they’ll have to dig on campus?
• All this and a huge secret of the Strange Academy is revealed!

Strange Academy #7

Brett’s Favorite Comics of 2020 and a Reflection on the Past Year

The Recount #1

It feels weird writing a “best of” list for the past year since it’s been so difficult for so many. Writer Ron Marz Tweeted something like any comic that helped to get you through it is a favorite, and deep down I agree with that. It’s been a rough year for so many and it’s one where the comic industry was forced to mature and face reality in many ways.

Things shifted for everyone.

Publishers canceled projects, shifted schedules, and looked to go directly to the consumer. Creators looked for new ways to earn money and also go directly to the consumer. Stores were forced to market more taking to video, email, and social media to keep customers aware of the latest offerings and remind them of classics they might have missed. Some stores didn’t make it through the year. Others expanded. New ones joined the industry. Consumers had more choices than ever before that made it easier to escape the world burning around them and find enjoyment in make-believe worlds where justice prevails in the end.

In the end, though 2020 looked bleak, it left the comic industry as a whole stronger than ever before.

It feels weird doing this “best of” but at the same time I feel like I want to “honor” and spotlight the comics that got me through the year and had me excited to read the next issues. This is what I’ve read so if you don’t see something mentioned it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, I just might not have read it. Sorry, I can’t read everything (there was a massive glut in webcomics and manga for me).

So, in a bit different spin I’ve split this list into three sections.

  1. Comics where I’ve only read one issue so far, because that’s what’s been released, but am excited to see what comes in the new year.
  2. Comics I enjoyed each month and are kind of a “silver medal” for me. I wanted to acknowledge them but also didn’t want this to be an overwhelming essay. They’ll get more of a nod when I do a video of this.
  3. The ones I was excited to read each month or had an impact on me. These are the ones that go into my regular suggestions of comics to read down the road. The art, the stories, the presentation, they’re all at that “top of the game” level.

All of these are listed in no particular order (hell it’ll probably just be in alphabetical). Enough with the rambling… lets get on with some comics!

2020 gave us one, here’s ones I’m excited to read their second issues in 2021!

  • Batman: Black & White #1 – The first issue had some solid stories but it’s the art that really stood out. It was mind-blowing and one of the best comics visually released this year. Almost every story broke away from standard panels and was just amazing to look at. I have no idea if future issues will be like this but here’s hoping.
  • Black Cat #1 – The last volume was a lot of fun to read and this first issue continued that. Despite being a King in Black tie-in, the issue kept the focus on what Black Cat does best, steal things as everything collapses around her. There’s just a certain style and attitude that the creative team nails with this. It was a fun debut that you could just sit back, laugh while reading, and enjoy.
  • M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #1 – Marvel’s trying to make M.O.D.O.K. a thing. It’s kind of been his year between an upcoming HULU series, a popular miniature in Marvel: Crisis Protocol, and this comic. The first issue had me laughing and I’m hoping that continues.
  • The Other History of the DC Universe #1 – John Ridley is one of my favorite creators out there. His work in film and television have blown me away. It looks like DC has given him the opportunity to deliver a brutally honest take about the DC Universe from the perspective of people of color and the first issue is one of the best things I read all year. I can’t wait until the second and this man should be allowed to do whatever he wants.
  • The Recount #1 – The issue hit a bit close to reality. The President is a crook and assassinated and there’s an uprising to purge the country of everyone who supported him, from the Vice President down to voters. It was a hell of an opening issue and one that was chilling in so many ways.
Shang-Chi #1

Comics to check out…

These were all great reads and should go on your reading pile. These are ones I made sure to read every month and jumped at reading as soon as they crossed my desk. They’ll all get more love in my video version of this.

The comics that really stood out for the year.

All of these comics were ones that kept me thinking well after I read them and I’d be happy to read them again. Many are still ongoing while others have wrapped up their runs. Each stands out in its own special way.

Ginseng Roots #3
  • Black Widow – Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande, Jordie Bellaire, and Cory Petit are the main creators on what’s been released so far and every issue has been amazing. Black Widow has been captured and brainwashed into believing a domestic life is real and hers. There’s been a great mix of humor, action, in this spy thriller and it’s sure to ramp up now based on the latest issue’s final moments. This is a great mix of storytelling and visual coolness.
  • Dead Day – Man, I really want this to be done as a television series and absolutely need more comics. Ryan Parrot, Evgeniy Bornyakov, Juancho!, and Charles Pritchett deliver a masterclass in world-building. Not only do they deliver an interesting story but have crafted a bigger world. For one night, the dead return, and while the comic really told the story of one family, each issue fleshed out enough of what this event’s impact would be elsewhere to get you to think and imagine.
  • Far Sector – N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, and Deron Bennett have breathed a breath of fresh air into the Green Lanterns with this series. We’re taken to an alien world where a new Lantern named Jo must solve a murder which takes her deep into a corrupt society. It does what science fiction does best, explore our real world. The visuals are stunning as well in what is a comic that’s timely capturing the current zeitgeist.
  • Ginseng Roots – Craig Thompson explores his childhood in what’s one of the most original comics this year. In a small format and with minimal colors, the comic tells us the history of ginseng and Thompson’s childhood.
  • Harley Quinn Black + White + Red – DC really shook things up this year and one way was a greater focus on digital releases. This series was an anthology that delivered a different creative team with every chapter. We got to see over a dozen different takes on Harley Quinn each of which was entertaining. If you want to see how much the creators matter when it comes to the storytelling, here you go. This is also a perfect example of where digital comics should be going from major publishers.
  • Kill a Man – This story focused on a gay man’s battles within the world of MMA was an updated take on the Rocky formula and done so well. You can come at it as a fan of MMA, as someone who’s LGBTQ, both, or just wanting good storytelling. Emotional with great action, it’s a home run from the team of Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Al Morgan, and Jim Campbell.
  • Superman Smashes the Klan – The miniseries was collected and it’s amazing. Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Janice Chiang deliver a comic that captures the heart of Superman. Based on the groundbreaking radio play where Superman takes on the KKK, this comic is amazing in every aspect, from the story to the visuals. Add in some extra material from Yang about his own experiences and it becomes a comic everyone should read and one that helps define Superman in one of his best depictions ever.
  • Vlad Dracul – Matteo Strukul, Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov, and Joel Rodriguez tell us the story about the very real Vlad, the inspiration for Dracula. I learned a hell of a lot and would love to see more comics like this. It’s a crazy read that can be enjoyed for the history and education and/or the brutal story itself that would fit any fantasy world.
  • We Live – The first issue was perfection and got me to choke up. Each subsequent issue has built upon the world. In this story humanity is almost over but a mysterious entity from space will save 5,000 children but first they must get to extraction points. This is a few kids’ stories and their journey of survival. By Inaki Miranda, Roy Miranda, Eva De La Cruz, and Dave Sharpe each issue is visually amazing plus there’s some awesome bonus music you can listen to while reading.
  • Yasmeen – Talk about an emotional gut-punch with each issue. Saif A. Ahmed, Fabiana Mascolo, and Robin Jones tell the story of Yasmeen who was captured and tortured by Isis and her attempt to deal with the PTSD while settling after in the United States. Just an amazing blend of storytelling and real recent history.
Almost American
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