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Peacemaker: Tries Hard! #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? Dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

Comicbook – Sweet Tooth Renewed for Third and Final Season at Netflix – Nice.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Prequel Comic Pulls New Villain Into The ‘Gamerverse’ – Not sure how this works as far as debuts and firsts.


CBR – Batman #135
CBR – Carnage Reigns Alpha #1
Collected Editions – Checkmate
Comicbook – Groot #1
CBR – Groot #1
ICv2 – Mika and the Howler
CBR – Peacemaker: Tries Hard! #1
Comicbook – Survival #1

Survival #1 feels like an odd Call of Duty mod

Survival #1

When Emma Reed journeyed back to her hometown in Alaska, she was expecting little more than a tense family reunion at the annual military alumni get together. But early that morning, a plane crash landed in the thick woods near the mountain. And the creature within brings an ancient terror to the last American frontier, and will turn this unspoiled wilderness into a killing ground. Survival #1 is an interesting concept that fails in the buildup.

With anti-Russia hysteria and sentiment rising, it’s not too surprising to see Russians become the villains in pop entertainment more and more. In the 80s, the USSR was the boogeyman in so many films from Red Dawn to Rocky IV and it wasn’t until late in the decade could you see some of that Cold War mentality thaw. Survival #1 looks like it can be added to that list of entertainment as a group of military worshippers need to face off against what seems like Russian vampires, that part’s a little unclear.

Written by Sean Lewis, Survival #1 has some good ideas within. The concept of military cosplayers, the “tough guys” who wave their guns around against conspiracies going against an actual threat has a lot to explore. There’s something there. Here, we seem to get a mix of real military, militia, and private contractors taking on some Russian threat. It feels like there’s a mix of things and what everyone’s abilities are is never quite explained. Then there’s the threat itself which shows itself far too early with little build up and more of punch to the gut as things go from 0 to 60. Letting the threat play out a little longer and a bit more of a mystery would go a long way to creating tension and the eventual cathartic release. As is, things just play out with little leading up.

The art by Bryndon Everett is ok. With color by Natalie Barahona and Everett and lettering by Ed Dukeshire, the comic looks good but is a bit too bright and clean for it’s horror roots. The art doesn’t quite match the subject and like the story itself, things just kind of happen. There’s visual steps that feel like they’re missing creating a feel of snippets of scenes as opposed to a flowing narrative.

Survival #1 has an interesting concept though, and where the next issue goes should really nail down the series but for a start, it’s a bit of a stumble that feels like a good structure overall but the details get in the way.

Story: Sean Lewis Art: Bryndon Everett
Color: Natalie Barahona, Bryndon Everett Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Animal Castle Vol. 2 #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.

Animal Castle Vol. 2 #1 (Ablaze) – A really interesting new take on the classic book Animal Farm.

Astrobots #1 (Massive/Whatnot) – The art for this looks amazing and is about machine lifeforms called Astrobots who scout worlds for humanity and one world where a society of them is rising and humankind is not included in their plans.

Carnage Reigns Alpha #1/Cult of Carnage: Misery #1/Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel) – There’s a lot going on the fans of Marvel’s Spider-Man corner of their universe. There’s more multiverse action to enjoy and Carnage faces off against Miles Morales!

Hairball #2 (Dark Horse) – As the young girl’s black cat continues to plague her family with horror and tragedy, she decides she must take matters into her own hands to put an end to the feline’s evil ways. The first issue was some impressive an unnerving horror.

History of Japan in Manga (Tuttle Publishing) – The History of Japan in Manga tells the action-packed saga of Japan from its misty origins up to the present day.

Impossible People: A Completely Average Recovery Story (Black Dog & Leventhal) – Julia Wertz chronicles her haphazard attempts at sobriety and the relentlessly challenging, surprisingly funny, and occasionally absurd cycle of addiction and recovery.

Lamentation #1 (Oni Press) – New horror from Cullen Bunn, Hillary Jenkins, and Simon Bowland? Yes please!

Monomyth #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Magic is all but extinct. When the last ailing wizard casts a final desperate spell to summon the descendants of ancient bloodlines to a school for magic now in disrepair…those chosen ones find a horror of the likes they’ve never experienced. The concept sounds great.

Parker Girls #7 (Abstract Studios) – Every issue has been a great mix of humor and action.

Peacemaker: Tries Hard #1 (DC Comics) – Peacemaker is asked to help steal the world’s most valuable and dangerous DNA!

Shazam #1 (DC Comics) – Mark Waid and Dan Mora taking on Shazam!. Nuff said.

Starsigns #1 (Image Comics) – The constellations of the zodiac fall to earth, granting twelve ordinary people from very different walks of life the superhuman powers of the Starsigns. The concept sounds interesting with a astrology meets X-Men/Heroes spin.

Survival #1 (Dark Horse) – A plane crash leads to a creature bringing ancient terror to the Alaska wilderness.

Where Monsters Lie #4 (Dark Horse) – The series has been fantastic with a mix of a lot of laughs and over-the-top violence.

X-Men: Before the Fall – Sons of X #1 (Marvel) – A series of one-shots kick off with this one seeing Legion taking on Nimrod and more moves from Mother Righteous.

Sean Lewis and Bryndon Everett infuse political stife with vicious bloodsuckers in Survival #1

Dark Horse Comics presents a new political horror-action comic set in the Alaskan wilderness with Survival #1. This new comic series combines the action-packed drama of Red Dawn and the horror of 30 Days of NightSean Lewis and artist Bryndon Everett present a new invasion as supernatural Russian forces storm the coast of Alaska. But this siege isn’t just designed for political dominance and empire building—these invaders will literally attempt to suck the blood from their new target. Natalie Barahona provides colors, with lettering by Ed Dukeshire, and cover art by Tomm Coker. The series is produced by 12-Gauge Comics

The debut issue follows Emma Reed on her journey back to her hometown in Alaska as she attends an annual military alumni gathering. She’ll have to endure more than a tense family reunion as a plane crash lands nearby, unleashing a vampiric military monstrosity that hints at a far more devastating confrontation.

Survival #1 (of 5) will be in comic shops May 3, 2023. It is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop for $3.99. 

Survival #1