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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

motorcrush01_coveraWednesdays 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.

Logan

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #24 (Image Comics) – Last month’s experimentalism was pretty fun and it was nice to finally see Kevin Wada do some interiors, but it will be nice to see Jamie McKelvie’s take on the brave new world for the Pantheon now that Ananke is out of the way.Motor Crush #1 (Image)- The creative team of the always fun and adorable Batgirl reunites on a creator owned title. It will be exciting to see Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr with full creative freedom in this new Image release. Plus biker gangs are cool.

Motor Crush #1 (Image Comics) – The creative team of the always fun and adorable Batgirl reunites on a creator owned title. It will be exciting to see Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr with full creative freedom in this new Image release. Plus biker gangs are cool.

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #2 (DC Comics) – I can’t wait to be drawn into the wonderful Gothic world and web of relationships in Deadman #2. Plus queer love triangles are all too rare in mainstream comics.

Midnighter and Apollo #3 (DC Comics) – Midnighter fighting demons to save Apollo is the kind of romance-driven ultraviolence that I’ve come to expect from Steve Orlando’s work on the character. I’ve really been enjoying Fernando Blanco’s panel layouts too.

Conan Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – One of my favorite writers (Kurt Busiek) on one of fantasy fiction’s most iconic characters.  I wasn’t reading comics when his original run came out, but can’t pass up this 472 page feast of blood, guts, swords, and sorcery.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Voracious: Feeding Time #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – I’ve already read the Kickstarter  reward pdf, but this week marks the first chance those who didn’t back the project get to read the comic, and I’m excited for you. The entire series has been phenomenal up until this point, and I can’t wait for you to read this comic.

Faith #6 (Valiant) – This is one of the most entertaining comics from any publisher right now, and on any other week this would be the comic that’s on top my list to read first, but this is also the week that the second Voracious miniseries begins. That being said, I fucking love Faith.

Ninjak #22 (Valiant) – A standalone story is something we’re seeing less and less in comics these days, so that’s one reason I’m looking forward to this issue of Ninjak. The other is that this will likely be the calm before the storm, and I’m curious to see what Matt Kindt has in store for us here.

Superman #12 (DC Comics) – Superman versus Frankenstein? Hell yeah!

The Unworthy Thor #2 (Marvel) – I must admit, I do enjoy a good redemption story, and the first issue was great. My only reservation on the series as a whole is that I hope Odinson doesn’t get his old hammer back.

 

Joe

Moon Knight #9 (Marvel) – Wow this comic is crazy. Literally. What is going on with Marc? I mean Jake? I mean… you get the idea. With each comic this series gets more and more confusing, but I am a big Lemire fan and trust his storytelling. This book is at its best when you’re not questioning it. Sit back and enjoy the trippy Egyptian ride.

The Unworthy Thor #2 (Marvel) – Odinson and Beta Ray Bill space road trip! When we last saw these two in the first issue, Odinson is given Bill’s hammer and told there is another Mjölnir out there. Also, where the heck is Asgard?!

The Wicked + The Divine #24 (Image Comics) – While I think the magazine of Pantheon was a cool idea, I am glad we will get back to the fantastic story. I feel like it has been forever since we got a regular issue and it has been too long considering what happened!

Midnighter and Apollo #3 (DC Comics) – This is a great series. Basically you get a version of Batman and Superman with the twist that they are together romantically. Their relationship is not cliche, and is believable and I love these characters. The only downside is for now this is only a miniseries that runs six issues.

Batman #12 (DC Comics) – The twist with Catwoman in the last issue has me excited to see where the fourth part of “I Am Suicide” goes. Unless he is toying with them, Batman may have just been outsmarted, at least for a moment. I love this version of Catwoman so far.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Crush #1 (Image Comics) – The creative team of Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr alone is reason enough to get this comic. Seriously that’s all I need to see and I’m in to check out the series.

Atoll #1 (Creative Mind Energy) – This comic has had some issues with publishers and I’ve been waiting for it to finally hit shelves and folks to check it out. It feels right at home with torture porn horror in many ways, but unlike those types of films this story had me sucked in wanting to see what happens next. Writer Tim Daniel and artist Ricardo Drumond nail it with this first issue and I can’t wait to read the next.

Invisible Republic #13 (Image Comics) – The series followed a journalist seeking the truth about an uprising and this second story arc is more about the fallout concerning all of that as we get a better look at Earth and its relationship with the rest of humanity’s reach. In today’s political climate this sereis feels more relevant than ever.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (Marvel) – The break out character is getting her own series!

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: Revolution #1 (IDW Publishing) – Revolution is winding down and we’re getting a better sense of how it all fits together.

Rebirth Review: November 30th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for
bm_annual_cv1new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week only saw two annuals released, so expect a much shorter post than normal.



Batman Annual #1 
The beauty of this annual is that for the most part the collection of stories within the comic are standalone, taking place at various different times over Bruce Wayne’s history as Batman, but always centered around the holidays. This makes it easily one of the most Friendly Batman comics released thus far, but whether it’ll allow you to smann_cv1ease your way into the other Bat-books is debatable. Still, it’s absolutely worth the price of admission.

Superman Annual #1 Is a little less accessible than the other annual released this week, but has a bit more of a direct connection to the regular series as it instead has Superman and Swamp Thing doing something that, honestly, is largely forgettable; the annual is a good one but far from integral to the story at large, which I feel is not the intention. This is technically a Friendly comic, but I don’t think it’s relevant for your enjoyment of the series.

Preview: Superman Annual #1

Superman Annual #1

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $4.99

“EARTH TO EARTH, ASHES TO ASHES”! Mr. Oz told Superman he was not what he thought. Now, Swamp Thing comes hunting for the Man of Steel to discover what strange connection this new Superman has to the planet. But their contact is something neither is prepared for, leading to Kal-El battling the Earth elemental who wants to bury him.

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Superman Nendoroid – Hot off the Truck!

The Nendoroid of Superman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is here! This figure is fully articulated and allows all sorts of action poses from the movie. Included are special parts to display him in flying poses or using his heat vision. Enjoy recreating different scenes from the film with this hero in Nendoroid size! Be sure to order today!

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cover_newts_cv1It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you like? 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.

Around the Tubes

Paste Magazine – Phases of the Moon Knight: How Marvel’s Mentally Ill Vigilante Became its Best Character – Your thoughts on the character?

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #256: The death of retail? – Pretty sure this gets written every year by someone. Retail has reportedly been dying for a few decades now. Still, an interesting read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Dumbing of Age

Newsarama – Ghost Rider #1

The Beat – Ms. Marvel #13

Newsarama – New Talent Showcase #1

ICv2 – Scum’s Wish Vol. 1

Newsarama – Superman Annual #1

Rebirth Review: DC Comics Released 11/23

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week saw a lot of good comics that may not be as accessible as other issues in their respective series, but that’s often par for the course, eh?


ac_cv968_open_order_varAction Comics #968 Aside from having a couple elements from previous issues being referred to here, this is actually a really good place to hop into one of DC’s better series. Is this an ideal starting point? Not really, but then unless you want EVERYTHING that’s happened before spelled out for you, this is as good a place to start as any because the comic more on the action, and isn’t bogged down by excessive plot details (there’s enough one line explanations in dialogue and narration to give you the gist of things). Friendly, and very much worth reading.

Batgirl #5 There’s a line in this comic that perfectly sums up the comic; “and I’m still not sure what happened…” Maybe the next issue will be a little more accessible. Unfriendly.

Batman Beyond #2 If you want to get into this series, and didn’t pick up the first issue, you’re better off starting there. The second issue does a lot more for the plot when read after the first (hey look, the sky’s blue!), but is a little too Unfriendly a place to start reading. If you’re not curious about the series itself, then I don’t suppose you’ll be interested in the story within a story of Batman’s last encounter with the Joker, eh?

Blue Beetle #3 This starts out confusing as hell, but I think that’s the point of the comic. After a few pages you’ll start to feel much more familiar with the characters (especially Jaime’s reluctance to wear the scarab), and aside from a few mentions of characters and event not present, or explained, in this issue, I’d say this is actually a blue_cv3_dspretty Friendly issue.

Deathstroke #7  As has been the case with almost every issue in this series aside from the first, this is an Unfriendly comic. That being said, I would highly recommend that if you’re curious about the character or the series that you wait for the trade – I have a feeling the story being told here will excel in collected format.

Detective Comics #945 This is another comic that has a little bit of expositionary dialogue at the very beginning of the comic that will probably feel a little forced in the inevitable trade, but works in the single issue format to turn the comic into a Friendly one, despite this being the third chapter of the story.

The Flash #11 may not be the best place to hop into the series, but this should be Friendly enough should you choose to do so here.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #9 While it isn’t explained why the Green Lantern Corps are working with a squad of Yellow Lanterns, nor why Hal is where he is, this is actually more than Friendly enough for you to dive in and start reading the series.

hjglc_cv9_dsHarley Quinn #8 To be completely and utterly honest, I am far from a fan of this series – but I do understand why others like it, it’s just not my cup of tea. That being said, however, as an almost standalone story this is going to be Friendly for those who are interested in the character; and it’s a story I actually enjoyed.

The Hellblazer #4 is one of those comics that I quite enjoyed, but had very little idea what was going on. The small bit of insight I did have was from reading the first issue (and maybe the second), so unless you’ve also done that you’ll likely find this to be an Unfriendly comic.

Teen Titans #2 Not only is this a Friendly comic, but it’s also fantastically entertaining. The story centers on Robin and his parental legacies as a device to pull the team back together after the “death” of Tim Drake, and much to my delight it’s working wonderfully.

Titans #5 For a comic that takes place in less than seven seconds, there’s a lot of story thrown at you, but it never feels overwhelming. Wally West’s narration recaps enough of what’s previously happened that you don’t feel too out of the loop – the speed of the story juxtaposed with the narration lends the story a brilliantly Friendly feel.

Sixpack & Dogwelder #4 This is far from being an accessible comic. Easily the most Unfriendly comic this week.

Wonder Woman #11 isn’t the best place to start reading the series, and yes it is Unfriendly, but it’s also going to really shine when a person has read the story in collected form, or regularly. Just don’t start here if you want to get the most from the story.

 

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Rebirth Review: Comics Released on 11/16

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week saw a lot of good comics that may not be as accessible as other issues in their respective series, but that’s often par for the course, eh?


aqm_cv11_dsAquaman #11 Thanks in a large part to the flashback sequences in the opening couple of pages, and the expositionary dialogue as the comic progresses, this is a quite Friendly comic that ties up one arc and lays the ground work for the next. The level of accessibility here isn’t something you’re likely to see in a story arc at this point in it’s cycle, which is refreshing.

Batman #11  I’ve read every issue of the series so far and this feels Unfriendly to me. New readers will struggle immensely  if they start here, not least because the issue isn’t all that good.

Cyborg #5 I feel like this is one of DC’s  monthly titles because it feel like a long time since I last read an issue, and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on a copy for what feels like awhile. The first half of this comic is very Friendly, and worth the price of the comic alone. The second half… is less friendly, but just as interesting.

Green Arrow #11 Is a beautiful looking comic that uses the double page spread to excellent effect, but it’s not overly accessible for those looking to start reading about the Emerald Archer. Unfriendly, but check back with #12.

gls_cv11_dsGreen Lanterns #11 After ten issues it was bound to happen, but this is the most Unfriendly comic in the Green Lanterns series to date. If you’ve read the last issue or two then you’ll be golden, but starting here may not be as good of an idea. That said, it’s a great read.

Justice League #9 Alright, so here’s the thing. The only way you’ll ever be able to pick up an issue of Justice League is if you have some level of familiarity with the characters on the team. Assuming you do, then you’ll be able to pick up enough clues as to what happened last issue to be able to follow along with the story here. More or less, anyway. A Friendly comic, assuming you’ve half an idea who the members of the League are.

Nightwing #9 A half decent comic that’s an easy read, not too bad to look at, but isn’t all that friendly, or good. You’re better off either waiting for the next issue and reading a synopsis somewhere, or just waiting for the next issue. An Unfriendly place to begin your Nightwing journey.

Raven #3 I find that this is the series that I’ve had the hardest time getting immersed in, and a consequence of that is that I tend to forget the details from the previous issue – ironically enough that’s kind of ideal for this feature. That said, despite not really knowing, or remembering much about Raven, I found this comic surprisingly Friendly, ssquad_cv6_dseven if it isn’t my cup of tea (although I did enjoy it a fair bit).

Suicide Squad #6 There’s two ways of approaching this issue. Either you have no idea who the Suicide Squad is, in which case you’ll be confused as hell here, or you kinda know who they are, which means you’ll be only marginally confused – but  you’ll at least find this to be almost Friendly.

Superman #11 This is the kind of comic that you want to start reading with. It’s not perfect in it’s accessibility (it is part two of a two part story, after all), but it’s more than Friendly  enough to draw new readers into the series. I highly recommend you read this, and maybe even the issue before, as this is one of the better series from DC post Rebirth.

Trinity #3 A fantastic comic that builds on the previous two issues in such a way that leaves new readers scratching their heads. That said, there is a very interesting look into Batman’s psyche and the relationship between DC’s Trinity, but if you’re interested in the series then start with the first issue.

Around the Tubes

red-dog-1-coverA new week is upon us and a lot of team GP will be gearing up for Thanksgiving, but the news isn’t going to be slowing down at all! We’ll still have lots of news, reviews, and interviews over the week so stay tuned!

While you wait for all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

The Mercury News – Record sale for a rare Tintin drawing in Paris auction – That’s an impressive amount of money.

Cinema Blend – Overwatch Just Cancelled Its Graphic Novel, Here’s Why – Very interesting and pretty self-reflective.

Comics Alliance – James Gunn Backs Hidden ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Easter Egg With 100,000 Dollar Pledge – We’ve got some time on our hands to do some sleuthing.

Bells of Lost Souls – Miniature Painting Masters: Alfonso Giraldes – Some amazing painted Marvel minis.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Harbinger Renegade #1

Talking Comics – Red Dog #1

Talking Comics – Superman #11

Talking Comics – Thanos #1

Around the Tubes

wizard worldIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d everyone like? 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.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Shamus Countersues Wizard World – Oh, this is going to get interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Green Arrow #11

ICv2 – Pacific

Bam Smack Pow – Power Man and Iron Fist #10

Newsarama – Superman #11

Comic Vine – Thanos #1

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