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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Radiant Black #1

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.

Black Hammer: Visions #1 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer opens up with guest creators. Should be a lot of fun to see what others do with the characters and world.

Casual Fling #1 (AWA Studios) – An affair leads to torment from a mysterious stalker.

Children of the Grave #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue ended with a hell of a cliffhanger. Who’s the mysterious “Mother”?

Eternals #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic as the classic characters get a bit of an update and reintroduction to the masses before their film drops.

Freiheit: The White Rose Graphic Novel (Plough Publishing House) – The story of the White Rose, an undercover resistance movement in Nazi Germany.

Ginseng Roots #8 (Uncivilized Comics) – The series exploring Craig Thompson’s life around the ginseng community continues to focus on the generations involved and the changing market.

Mapmaker #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot Comics) – Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Morbius: Bond of Blood #1 (Marvel) – A film is coming from Sony so we’re interested in seeing what Marvel does with the character.

Orcs #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Bog and his crew venture out into the world to seek their fortune, and hopefully find their way back home again.

Parenthesis (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – A memoir about the creator’s experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again.

Radiant Black #1 (Image Comics) – A new superhero series coming out of Image, Kyle Higgins, and Marcello Costa. With Higgins writing, we’re really intrigued to see where this all goes.

Rorschach #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – As a crime/political thriller comic, it’s been great so far.

Scarenthood #4 (IDW Publishing) – A horror series focused on parents attempting to solve the mystery of the haunted school their kids go to. It’s been an interesting one so far that’s perfect for parents into horror.

Scout’s Honor #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue shook up the whole belief structure the Ranger Scouts have been built on. What will the second issue bring?

Space Bastards #2 (Humanoids) – The first issue was over the top violence in this sci-fi postal service adventure.

Undiscovered Country #12 (Image Comics) – This series has kept us on the edge of our seat. You never know what to expect with each issue which gets us excited to see what’s next.

Review: Teddy

Teddy

The last 4 years are one of ruin, hate, and the rise of idolatry, and the widespread acceptance of willful ignorance. It has shown the world, just how ugly America and Americans are. It also has shown systemic racism is and has been part of the national fabric since the birth of our country. This all begins with whom we identify as our nation’s leader.

The nation’s highest office once had dignity and pride connected before our national nightmare settled in. In fact, a name that was synonymous with the office and with those qualities was Roosevelt. We have been lucky to have two presidents to have that name and occupy it knowing history has its eyes on them. In Teddy, Laurence Luckinbill and Eryck Tait delve into who the 29th President and uncovers what made him so legendary.

We open to Roosevelt about to debate then President Woodrow Wilson. Personalizing the threat of World War I, he lets the crowd, know that he has sons on the front lines. This makes him nostalgic, making him remember his upbringing In Europe, trying to stand out in the midst of his siblings and how difficult it was for him to get into Harvard. AS he sought to better himself, and just when he started to burgeon at the college, his father dies, a man he was both adored and was scared of,  putting a kibosh on his future momentarily. As this event forced him to be introspective, as he soon found out more about himself, realizing how much of his father trickled down to him, especially the part of being a politician, but he would take baby steps, first, becoming a lawyer. Then joining the New York State Legislature, where he got introduced to what so frustrating and despicable about politics in the first place, in a world where deals were made behind closed doors. As he would not only have to deal with the intricacies of the dirty world of politics, but he would also deal with the death of his mother of Typhoid Fever and his wife, Alice, who died after childbirth of his daughter, Lee, only mere hours apart, left politics and went west to the Dakota Badlands, to make a new life for himself. He would eventually fail as a rancher but would find his passion back in writing, transcribing his own histories of the still very young country. He would reconnect, with a childhood friend, Edith Carow, reigniting their friendship and eventual marriage, which refocus his efforts, which pushed him to become the Civil Service Commissioner, then the police Commissioner of the NYPD, and the Assistant Secretary Of The Navy, which under his watch, began the Spanish American War, and where he led the Rough Riders. This made him known and the eventual Vice President where he served under McKinley, who was assassinated, which lead him to occupy the Presidency, becoming the youngest one to, at 42. He would introduce progressive ideas like old-age pension, public housing, and regulation of large corporations. He would also spend time with his children, something he got to do, more so than any other time in his life. He would talk about the trials and tribulations he to go through with the Panama Canal, listing what made the effort worthwhile. He would leave the presidency after seven and a half years, to gallivant around the world in ways he could not before as a President, as he also struggled to not be as effective as a civilian, seeing the tragedy of World War I unfold, and hoping and wishing for his sons to come back home safely.  By the book’s end, he implores the audience and the reader, the importance of living.

Overall, Teddy is a personal look into probably the most iconic President to have ever held the office. The story by Luckinbill is extraordinary. The art by Tait is awe-inspiring. Altogether, Teddy is a graphic novel that makes this important historical figure both relatable and relevant.

Story: Laurence Luckinbill Art: Eryck Tait
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Dead Reckoning provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers: Beast Wars #1

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.

Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (Marvel) – The Avengers face a big threat and decide to suit up in Mechs. It sounds like a toy tie-in and it sounds completely silly. We’re in.

Chained to the Grave #1 (IDW Publishing) – A tail of intrigue, murder, magic, and the wild, wild, west! Westerns in comics have been rare lately, so we’re always interested in checking out a new one.

Deep Beyond #1 (Image Comics) – Humanity has been devastated by a disease and a small group of scientists studies the hidden depths of the abyss. Something there may be even more destructive!

Far Sector #10 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The truth begins to be revealed!

Fear Case #1 (Dark Horse) – Two Secret Service agents attempt to track down the Fear Case which appears throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy.

Future State: Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) – Wrapping up the series, the first issue was a neon-infused interesting take on Harley and this second issue delivers the endgame in her situation.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – Humanity has been rediscovered but what does that mean for Swamp Thing ans his people?

Legend of Shang-Chi #1 (Marvel) – With a big movie coming, Marvel is upping the amount of comics starring Shang-Chi. We’re up to seeing what each creative team does with him, especially after the recent miniseries reworking his origin a bit and taking on the problematic aspects of his past.

Luna #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A hippie cult whose leader claims to have met the divine, secret blood rituals, power drugs and sex… yeah, we’re intrigued.

Man-Bat #1 (DC Comics) – A character that has come and gone as far as the spotlight. We get a new take on the character delivering a tragic other side of the coin to Batman.

Maniac of New York #1 (AfterShock) – A masked slasher stalks New York City. He’s inhuman, unkillable, and unstoppable. So, the authorities decided to ignore him. When he returns to kill, two disgraced cops decide to attempt to destroy him.

Redemption #1 (AWA Studios) – A despot rules a town with an iron fist after the apocalypse. A legendary gunslinger is asked to come out of retirement to help save a young girl’s mother.

Sea of Sorrows #3 (IDW Publishing) – The horror series has been great setting up tension and we’re back for more.

The Shepherd #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – A Professor becomes convinced he can rescue his son’s wandering soul.

Specter Inspectors #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A group of ghost hunters, the comic sounds like the fun goofiness that the television shows on the topic bring.

Star Wars Adventures: The High Republic #1 (IDW Publishing) – The new Star Wars setting has been interesting so far and we want to see what else spins out of it.

Teddy (Dead Reckoning) – A graphic novel about the life of Teddy Roosevelt.

They Fell From the Sky #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A teenage kid meets an alien and must balance his day-to-day life and prevent an interplanetary war.

Transformers: Beast Wars #1 (IDW Publishing) – The beloved comic series gets a comic celebrating 25 years!

The Walking Dead Deluxe #8 (Image Comic/Skybound) – The series has been fascinating to read again in the age of COVID. A great way to experience the comic for the first time or good excuse to return and experience it again.