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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ash & Thorn #2

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.

Ash & Thorn #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an unlikely champion of Earth. The series seems to be having fun with expectations and tropes from that genre with a nice mix of humor to it.

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been doing some top-notch work when it comes to this pocket of stories and this return to the world is full of dread and heartbreak… and that’s just the first issue!

Eat and Love Yourself (BOOM! Studios) – Magic chocolate allows a young woman to revisit her past. The concept sounds really intriguing and creative.

Eight-Lane Runaways (Fantagraphics) – A new graphic novel about the world of running with a magical twist. We’re still not quite sure what this one’s about but the cover and description text has us wanting to find out more.

Empyre: Fantastic Four #0 (Marvel) – The first zero issue to come out of this anticipated event was solid and we’re excited to see what else is to come. What went from a shrug is now very intriguing.

Ginseng Roots #5 (Uncivilized Books) – One of the best comics out right now, Craig Thompson explores growing up in the world of ginseng.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press) – Tom Scioli’s biography of the great Jack Kirby.

Join the Future #3 (AfterShock) – This future western explores the idea of modernization and the exploitation that comes with it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The twist of the first issue was predictable but we really want to see where this noir/mystery goes.

Quantum & Woody #4 (Valiant) – The first three issues have been a whole lot of fun and we’re expecting the same from this finale.

Strange Academy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun and we’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the series. Think young magic users at a school set in the Marvel universe.

Preview: Death of Nancy Drew #2

Death of Nancy Drew #2

writer: Anthony Del Col
artist: Joe Eisma
covers: Joe Eisma (A), Joe Eisma (RI/BW), Joe Eisma (RI/Virgin), Joe Eisma (RI/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

Is Nancy Drew really dead? Is she still alive? Joe and Frank Hardy dive deeper into what exactly happened the night of Nancy’s death and discover something much deeper at play. Check out the continuation of this much-buzzed series, for Nancy Drew fans new and old (and viewers of the popular CW series).

Death of Nancy Drew #2

Preview: The Death of Nancy Drew #1

The Death of Nancy Drew #1

writer: Anthony Del Col
artist: Joe Eisma
covers: Joe Eisma (A), Joe Eisma (RI/BW), Joe Eisma (RI/Virgin), Joe Eisma (RI/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

Teen detectives Frank and Joe Hardy have investigated many crimes in their lives, but nothing that hits this close to home. Their best friend died mysteriously after taking down a major crime organization. They must put together the clues to uncover the truth about this shocking crime, but the clues lead them to a stunningly unexpected direction!

Written by Ringo-nominated writer Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Luke Cage) and with art by Eisner-award winner Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Riverdale), this gritty and stylish story is a noir that will attract fans of Nancy Drew of all ages.

The Death of Nancy Drew #1

Review: The Death of Nancy Drew #1

The Death of Nancy Drew #1

When The Death of Nancy Drew was announced, people were not too happy. Dynamite Entertainment was celebrating 90 years of the iconic character by killing her. It was kind of obvious that it wasn’t likely going to be the case and reality. The Death of Nancy Drew #1 should make fans of the character, and the Hardy Boys, as well as fans of crime/noir happy. It’s exactly what I’d expect in a hard-boiled detective story with a grown-up sense dealing with drug use, mobs, and murder.

Written by Anthony Del Col, the story is a great mix of traditional noir storytelling and that of the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories. The comic takes you through the death of Nancy Drew with voice overs and introduces us to possible suspects. But, what’s great is Del Col also gives us small clues throughout much like the classic stories it’s based on. A mention of a small detail makes you think this is something we need to file away later to recall during the eventual reveal. The mention of characters and connections allows us to build a mental board connecting the dots. It’s a lot of fun as you work through the story.

Generally, the art by Joe Eisma is pretty solid. There are some solid panels that really evoke the noir genre. But, there are some issues. There are panels here and there that had me pause and took me out of the story, unfortunately. An arm or eye’s positioning look off, it’s enough to distract. But, there are some fantastic moments like waiting out a police interrogation or a punch being thrown. The coloring by Salvator Aiala feels like it shifts a bit in later parts of the comic and in the end, might not be different but just feels and looks different for some reason. Again, it’s something that took me out of the art as well.

Despite some shaky art, I really enjoyed The Death of Nancy Drew #1. It’s predictable and in the end, the overall reveals are what I expected but it’s still a solid read. Anthony Del Col nails the pacing, tone, and voice of the comic. It does a service to classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys type storytelling with a mix of the dime crime stories.

Story: Anthony Del Col Art: Joe Eisma
Color: Salvatore Aiala Letterer: Crank!
Story: 8.25 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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