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The Autumnal #5

It’s a new week and we have lots of comic news, previews, reviews, and more coming at you! While you start your week, we have lots of news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Jerusalem Post – This female Jewish comic book artist was overlooked – no more – Some interesting comic history.

Desert Sun – Antiques: Comic books are no laughing matter – Nice to see comics getting some coverage like this.


Monkeys Fighting Robots – The Autumnal #5
The Beat – Love: The Mastiff
Collected Editions – Nightwing: The Joker War
Blog Critics – Tono Monogatari

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 10/31

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #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 short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Heavy #2 (Vault Comics) – Max Bemis, Eryk Donovan, and Cris Peter’s Heavy #2 is violent, disgusting, and honestly, pretty fucking funny. It’s also filled with penises. This issue introduces the unlikely partnership of our protagonist, Bill, and Slim, the psychopathic assassin that was responsible for his and his girlfriend’s death as they both try to get out of the Big Wait by killing terrible human beings as “Heavies”. Bemis and Donovan continue to spoof toxic masculinity by having Bill and Slim beat the shit out of each other naked with rapidly changing art styles until they calm down and get to business. Whereas Bill tries to at least follow the Geneva Convention on his missions, Slim mows down everything in his path with manic glee, and his supervisors don’t really care. Slim is also pansexual, and it’s nice to have a queer character in a comic that isn’t shoehorned into a “role model” situation and can be a total asshole even if Bemis gives him some funny lines. Finally, what makes Heavy #2 a great comic is that Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan constantly are trying to top themselves in the sex and the violence department (Emphasis on the sex for once), and the third act of this comic is super gross, yet super funny with a decent cliffhanger. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

X of Swords: Stasis (Marvel) – X of Swords Stasis is the moody middle chapter in this crossover event. Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz, Mahmud Asrar, and Marte Gracia use this issue to further develop the denizens of Otherworld (Who have been hinted at in various data pages) and give readers a deeper glimpse into the personalities and abilities of the Arakki. (Pogg-Ur-Pogg is my favorite.) Larraz and Asrar do a good job of alternating between close quarters conversations and epic character designs and violent landscapes as some of the pages make Death Metal look like a yacht rock album cover. Of course, I don’t have as much of a connection with the Arraki as I do with the X-Men, but Hickman and Howard do a good job making their opponents more than cool-looking action figures. And they wrap things up with a high energy conversation between Apocalypse and Saturnyne that puts the entire event into perspective. The poses that Pepe Larraz and Mahmud Asrar draw are both passive-aggressive and melodramatic and work well with Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard’s razor-sharp dialogue. If I wasn’t before, I am ready for some sword-wielding mutants to throw down. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

The Autumnal #2 (Vault) – Daniel Kraus, Chris Shehan, and Jason Wordie craft a slow burn rural horror-meets-family drama story in The Autumnal #2. Kraus’ pacing is pitch-perfect as our protagonist, neck tattoo sporting/ex-rocker-turned single mom Kat goes from being distrustful and snarky toward the “neighborliness” of the people of the town she’s moved in to embracing as her daughter Sybil plays in leaves with some kids across the street. But, nope, life in Autumnal doesn’t work like that, and Kat and Sybil are still outsiders and feared/shunned by the other residents of the town. Wordie embraces fall colors for the most part with his palette, and like Kat and Sybil in the story, lulls readers into a false sense of security before unleashing the reds and blacks of a horror comics. Line art-wise, Shehan evokes the soft, easy to follow rural calm of Jeff Lemire’s creator-owned work, but goes loose and harsh any time Kat feels insecure about her new town or being a single mom. Form and content really complement each other in Autumnal #2, and Daniel Kraus and Chris Shehan always keep the fun, authentic-feeling relationship between Kat and Sybil at the forefront even as they go weirder with the plot. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 (IDW Publishing) – After a lot of anticipation and a wait, we finally get to see what the Last Ronin is all about. One Turtle remains, with his brothers and mentor having been wiped out. Which Turtle is it? Who did it? It’s all here! The story is pretty simple, one of revenge, with a setting and style that feels like TMNT’s take on The Dark Knight Returns. That’s not a bad thing at all as it fits really well and keeps the story to a simplistic revenge tale. That simplicity helps in some ways keeping the story focused on the action and for readers to keep guessing as to which Turtle they’re reading about and what happened. This is definitely going to become a classic if it keeps up this quality. It’s a comic that lives up to the hype. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

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 (**).

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Shang-Chi #1

It’s one of two new comic book days today! What are you all excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Sequart Organization – You Humans Love Your Symbolism, Chapter 3: Reincarnation in House of X #2 – An interesting look at the game-changing X storyline.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Can you see dead people in S.I.D.? – Free comics!


The Beat – The Autumnal #1
Talking Comics – Killadelphia #8
The Beat – Moriarty the Patriot
Comic Attack – Shang-Chi #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X of Swords: Creation #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.

The Autumnal #1 (Vault Comics) – It already has sold out and there’s another printing coming. A horror comic that’s in demand and could be a good investment.

Brooklyn Gladiator #1 (Heavy Metal) – A futuristic series that’s classic Heavy Metal from Dan Fogler, Andrew Harrison, and Simon Bisley.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1 (DC Comics) – Run, Flash, run! A tie-in to the “Death Metal” event, the issue is important as you see how the Flash crew are handling things and there are some key moments between Barry and Wally.

Doctor Doom #7 (Marvel) – The series has been fantastic so far and this is a more than welcome return. Just great writing and art and we’re expecting more of the same… in a good way.

Fishkill #1 (Heavy Metal) – A spin down a conspiracy from Dan Fogler, Laurence Blum, and Ben Templesmith. Yes, this does tie in a bit with Brooklyn Gladiator making up the Fogler-verse.

Immortal She-Hulk #1 (Marvel) – A fascinating first issue that explores death in superhero comics. This is much about philosophy and trauma as it is anything else and a very mature read.

Juggernaut #1 (Marvel) – A fantastic start. It’s a comic we didn’t know we need.

Maestro #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a solid one and began to explore how the Hulk turned into Maestro. It was an unexpected surprise in that it’s a story we didn’t think we wanted but now after reading the first issue, we’re on board. We’re down for the journey.

Mega Man: Fully Charged #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was amazing. We don’t know the cartoon but the comic blew us away with it’s more mature take on Mega Man, war, and diplomacy.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a Power Rangers fan, this seems to be a series where some big things are happening. Big things that’ll impact the line going forward.

RAI #7 (Valiant) – Every issue has rocked so far and we can’t get enough of this series. Absolutely go and get it, Valiant is where it’s at for action/superhero comics.

Undiscovered Country #8 (Image Comics) – This series has been a wild ride so far taking us to an America that has been cut off from the world. It’s a bit of a Willy Wonka ride as each “zone” has a different feel from the rest and in its first arc it has shown anything is possible. This is a series that surprises with every issue.

Unkindness of Ravens #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A magical witch series and we’re down for what looks like solid art and a nice mystery. We don’t know much else beyond the teaser text but that has us interested enough to check the series out.

X of Swords: Creation #1 (Marvel) – The next “X event” is here and we want to see how this new dawn of the X-Men handles crossover events. The bar has been set high… so we’re intrigued… but nervous.

The Autumnal #1 Second Printing Gets a Cover by Martin Simmonds

Vault has announced The Autumnal #1 second printing cover by white-hot star artist Martin Simmonds. The second print will hit store shelves on October 28th, the same date as issue #2. The first printing of The Autumnal #1 has garnered tremendous praise already, with the first printing selling out at the distributor two weeks ahead of the sale date

Simmonds’ cover will be available in two different versions. The first version (AUG208061) will be a standard comic cover with a $3,99 SRP. The second version (AUG208062) will be a special foil cover on deluxe heavy-weight card stock, with a $9.99 SRP.


The Autumnal is co-created by writer Daniel Kraus, and artist Chris Shehan, with colors by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell, and designs by Tim Daniel. The sold out first printing of issue #1 goes on sale September 23rd, 2020.

The Autumnal #1 second printing

The Autumnal #1 Sells Out At the Distributor Two Weeks Before Release and is Rushed Back to Print

The first issue of The Autumnal,  Vault‘s newest horror series, has sold out at the distributor almost two weeks ahead of release. The issue is being rushed back to print. A new cover and release date for the second printing will be announced soon.

The Autumnal is co-created by writer Daniel Kraus, and artist Chris Shehan, with colors by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell, and designs by Tim Daniel. The sold-out first printing of issue #1 goes on sale on September 23rd, 2020. The second printing of issue #1 will go on sale soon after.

The Autumnal #1

Vault’s Nightfall Imprint Returns with The Autumnal by Daniel Kraus, Chris Shehan, Jason Wordie, and Jim Campbell

Vault Comics has announced The Autumnal, a terrifying new horror series by NYT bestselling author Daniel Kraus, rising star artist Chris Shehan, colorist Jason Wordie, and letterer Jim Campbell. The Autumnal is the first title under Vault’s 2021 Nightfall horror imprint.

In The Autumnal, following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire.

The Autumnal