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Preview: Task Force Z #8

Task Force Z #8

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: May 24, 2022
SRP: $3.99

All-new team! Same old problems! After losing everything, Task Force Z has finally discovered who their real enemy is. Jason and his team are on the run, underpowered, and outgunned. But everyone knew this was really just a Suicide Squad when they signed up, right? One way or another, they are going to finish this. Only one thing stands in their way…but that one thing happens to be the Bat-Family.

Task Force Z #8

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: Task Force Z #7

Task Force Z #7

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: May 03, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Solomon Grundy. Victor Zsasz. Madame Crow. Copperhead. No, these are not this year’s nominees for sexiest maniac alive…they are the new recruits for Task Force Z! What does this mean for Red Hood and Bane? Will Mr. Bloom’s Lazarus Resin heist spell certain doom for the Resurrection Twins? How many rhetorical questions can I possibly squeeze into one paragraph’s worth of copy? 1) A lot. 2) Yes. 3) Three.

Task Force Z #7

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: Task Force Z #7

Task Force Z #7

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: May 03, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Solomon Grundy. Victor Zsasz. Madame Crow. Copperhead. No, these are not this year’s nominees for sexiest maniac alive…they are the new recruits for Task Force Z! What does this mean for Red Hood and Bane? Will Mr. Bloom’s Lazarus Resin heist spell certain doom for the Resurrection Twins? How many rhetorical questions can I possibly squeeze into one paragraph’s worth of copy? 1) A lot. 2) Yes. 3) Three.

Task Force Z #7

Preview: Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z #6

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Jack Herbert, Eddy Barrows

Secret-origin issue, baby! Task Force Z #5 was quite the disaster for Bane and Jason, huh? Let’s give those two a minute to sort out their lives and travel back to the very beginnings of the team: where the black market Lazarus trade has just begun, and Two-Face makes a call that heywaitaminute this is going to inform the current story, isn’t it?

Task Force Z #6

Review: Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z as a whole is a rather silly sounding concept. Villains are raised from the dead for missions like a zombie Suicide Squad. It came off as a way to get classic Batman villains back after their deaths in Arkham after the “A Day” attack. As the series has played out, it has been so much more. There’s been debates about ethics, some interesting character interactions, lots of action, and a budding conspiracy. Task Force Z #6 lays it all out as we finally find out who has been behind the team and really pulling the strings.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #6 has it all. There’s solid action but also a ton of reveals. For a series building to something, this is a good payoff. Bouncing between the present and past, we find out how the program got started, how Waller got involved, and who in the end has been pulling the strings. If you think Two-Face/Harvey Dent as the man behind the curtain was interesting, this lays it all on the table. It also does a solid job of tying itself into Waller’s grander story being told elsewhere. The series might have started out as a silly concept but it has proven itself over and over again and feels like it’s a major plotline in the bigger DC Universe storyline that’s not getting the attention it deserves.

The art by Jack Herbert is solid. With color by Adriano Lucas and lettering by Rob Leigh the comic does a solid mix of action and horror. There’s an uneasy visual quality about it all and scenes dance around their brutality. It all comes together in such a solid way. The comic has always done a fantastic job of balancing its grotesque aspects and this issue nails that in every way by walking up to the line and dipping its toes across. The gross out factor could easily distract but the art never does so, it only enhances the overall vibe the story gives off.

Task Force Z #6 is a solid issue that lays everything on the table. If you’ve been wondering what’s going on, this makes it all clear. It also gives the series a clear focus going forward for the short term. It’s not too late to catch up and enjoy this underrated gem.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Jack Herbert
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

A KINGS VENGEANCE #2

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.

A King’s Vengeance #2 (Scout Comics) – A ruler defeated and left for dead in a weird fantasy world. We enjoyed the first issue with it’s intriguing mix of genre and we’re excited to check out more.

Armorclads #1 (Valiant) – Valiant is slowly building back it’s universe and we’re really intrigued to see how this fitst into the puzzle. If it does at all!

Beyond the Beyond #1 (Scout Comics) – When an argument between the siblings goes too far, Nova enacts her long awaited plan to escape the mining colony and explore the alien world from where her parents never returned.

Ghost Cage #1 (Image Comics) – When his megacorp power plant falls under attack by terrorists, the super-scientist who revolutionized and controls all energy on Earth sends his ultimate creation (and an adequate employee) in to destroy his most monstrous secrets.

Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #4 (AfterShock) – We’re in love with the series and its take on the slasher genre.

Rogues #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The fact the Rogues are called “blue collar” in the description has us intrigued about this take.

Saga #57 (Image Comics)Saga is back and it feels like it never left us.

Speed Republic #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – Racing against and Autocrat. Yeah, we’re in.

Task Force Z #6 (DC Comics) – The silly concept of a zombie Suicide Squad has been a lot of fun so far.

Until My Knuckles Bleed #2/Until My Knuckles Bleed #3 (Behemoth) – Two issues out this week? The story of a retired superhero turned bouncer at a strip club had us intrigued to find out more.

Preview: Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z #6

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Jack Herbert, Eddy Barrows

Secret-origin issue, baby! Task Force Z #5 was quite the disaster for Bane and Jason, huh? Let’s give those two a minute to sort out their lives and travel back to the very beginnings of the team: where the black market Lazarus trade has just begun, and Two-Face makes a call that heywaitaminute this is going to inform the current story, isn’t it?

Task Force Z #6

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Killer: Affairs of the State #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.

Aquamen #1 (DC Comics) – DC looks to have some big plans for the Aquaman corner of their universe and things really begin to pick up with this new series which brings a lot of different plotlines together it looks like.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – Ben Reilly has been a character that has been hit and miss, so we were shocked at how blown away we were by this first issue. We’re hoping for more.

BRZRKR #7 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been full of action but also a lot of heart as well.

Carnage Forever #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 30 years of Carnage. What’s coming? We’ll maybe get some answers here.

Dark Ages #5 (Marvel) – This event has been fantastic so far. Our heroes begin their assault on Europe to stop Apocalypse and with deaths already everything is on the table as far as what’s next.

DC vs. Vampires #5 (DC Comics) – When last we left it, it was the Justice League vs. Batman and Green Arrow. Who’s a vampire in the Justice League? We’ll find out!

Ghost Rider #1 (Marvel) – The character has had a rough go for a while but this sounds like a clean slate of a start that hopefully will put Ghost Rider more front and center like he should be.

Glamorella’s Daughter #4 (Literati Press) – A fantastic spin on the superhero genre. There’s solid heart and solid laughs.

The Harbinger #5 (Valiant) – Valiant is getting their world back in order and this series, along with Shadowman, feels like it’s going to play a major role in what’s to come. With a movie now again in the works, this is one to keep an eye on.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We love this series about a European hitman. Think James Bond but without the imperialist bullshit.

Step By Bloody Step #1 (Image Comics) – A wordless comic by Simon Spurrier, Matheus Lopes, and Matias Bergara featuring an armored giant and helpless child. We’re intrigued to check this one out as it hits the nostalgia button and wordless comics can be very hit or miss.

Snow Angels Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – If you missed this series as single issues when comiXology Originals released it, here’s your chance to discover this frozen sci-fi horror series.

Supermassive (Image Comics) – Image is getting a superhero world spinning out of Radiant Black and things really kick off here.

Task Force Z #5 (DC Comics) – The concept of an undead Suicide Squad might sound silly but it has worked so far and last issue left us with a lot of questions we want answers to!

We Ride Titans #2 (Vault Comics) – Giant piloted mechs protect against kaiju, we’ve seen that before. But, this series focuses on the dysfunctional family that manages and pilots one of those mechs.

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