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Picks of the Week: Occupy Comics #1 and 9 Other Solid Choices

OccupyComics-coverA_600pxStarted off in what seems forever ago, Occupy Comics initially started off as a Kickstarter project, it is now seeing print thanks to Black Mask Studios. An anthology, the comic was as political as they come and channeled the dissatisfaction with the status-quo represented by the Occupy Movement. The comics boast an impressive line-up of creators like Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Charlie Adlard, Art Spiegelman, Molly Crabapple, Matt Bors, Mike Allred, Ben Templesmith, J.M. DeMatteis, Tyler Crook, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joe Infurnari, Ales Kot, Dean Haspiel, Joshua Dysart and Matt Pizzolo.

Each contribution is thought-provoking and entertaining and shockingly non-partisan. This is a perfect marriage of comics and politics. How could it not be this week’s pick? All revenue received by organizers/creators (past hard costs) will be donated to various Occupy-related initiatives.

Check out below for our other 9 choices in alphabetical order.

  • Occupy Comics #1 – see above
  • The Activity #13 – The beginning of the third volume! After the stunning events in Minneapolis, the team is on stand-down pending an investigation. A call from one of Switchfoot’s friends in the Israeli Defense Force, however, turns into an unsanctioned mission with dire consequences. Meanwhile, there is trouble at Fort Belvoir.
  • The Bounce #1 – Meet the ultimate slacker superhero for the 21st Century! Jasper Jenkins is a super-head AND a super-hero! He’s relatable AND reliable and he’s embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! The sensational debut of the new feel-good hero of the decade! You can’t afford to miss it!
  • Green Lantern #20 – This is the end of Geoff Johns’ epic run.
  • The Green Team #1 – The other half of DC’s politically tinged comics. We’ll see what this one holds.
  • Half Past Danger #1 – DAMES. DINOSAURS. DANGER. Summer, 1943, and in the midst of a war waged by monsters, Staff Sergeant Tommy ‘Irish’ Flynn never expected to encounter a real one. But on a remote island in the South Pacific, Flynn and his squad come face-to-fanged-face with creatures long thought dead.
  • The Massive #12 – The best comic on the market. Why aren’t you reading this!?
  • Mind MGMT #11 – Matt Kindt’s trippy spy comic whose visuals are as amazing as the writing.
  • Revival #10 – Forget that other comic featuring the walking dead, this is the one you want to read.
  • Superior Spider-Man #10 – Last issue was a big moment. We’ll see where Dan Slott takes us from there in the next step of his controversial Spider-Man run.

Review: Amala’s Blade #1, The Answer #4, The Massive #11, Mind MGMT #10

Amala’s Blade #1

Amala's Blade #1 CoverThe kingdom of Naamaron is bitterly divided into warring factions: the low-tech Purifiers and the high-tech Modifiers. Both fear the great vizier’s deadliest assassin, Amala. But for all her lethal skills, Amala’s drawing too much attention for the vizier’s taste. So what better way to deal with a troublesome cutthroat than to send her on a suicide mission?

I’m always up for a new female kick-ass lead character and Amala’s Blade features just such a character. I read the zero issue and like the first I was entertained. It’s a fun read and the world presented seems interesting.

But, like the first issue, I wanted more. We get glimpses as to the kingdom of Naamaron, it seems a bit steampunk-ish, but there’s not a lot of detail to it. That frustrated me a little as a reader.

I’d think my issues with this first issue will go away as the series progresses. It seems like a lot of fun and will be a nice read each month. But, as far as first issues goes, it was good, but didn’t suck me back in to be super excited for the second issue.

Story: Steve Horton Art: Michael Dialynas
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Answer #4

The Answer #4 CoverA mind is a terrible thing to waste. Can Devin and the Answer think their way free of the Brain Trust before CHEMICAL X breaks their brains for good? The explosive conclusion of this superhero mystery!

This is it for the four issue limited series and overall it’s been fun. There was something entertaining about it all, but after four issues there’s still so many questions that I don’t have answered. The series in a way promises “the answer” and it just wasn’t there.

It’s been a fun series. Mindless entertainment where you really can’t think too hard about what’s going on. But, as far as stories, this feels like a second or third story arc for me.

The story is about a secret organization that wants a Librarian and we find out what in this issue, but what that would accomplish and the why isn’t really there. Then there’s the main character of the Answer himself.

Overall, for a series that’s been called The Answer, there’s a lot of questions left. Here’s hoping we get some more issues and get some actual answers.

Story: Mike Norton, Dennis Hopeless Art: Mike Norton
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Massive #11

The Massive #11Following a mutiny, the crew of the Kapital are in a race against time to catch their increasingly elusive sister ship, The Massive, when a school of aggressive great white sharks cross their path!

I named this the best non-super hero series of  last year. Overall, I felt it was the best series period. The Massive so far has kept that up and is making a case for repeating this year.

This issue is a prime example of why it’s so good. We get the continuation of the ramifications of the previous issue, a bit of a lesson about the environment and a lot of tense moments.

There’s also the subtle theme of this issue, legacy. While discussing the history of the shark, we get an allegory about one’s greater picture in the eco-system and how things can carry on even in the face of disaster. It’s a commentary on Callum Israel’s legacy and that of the Ninth Wave and it’s crew.

The issue just shows how amazing of a series this is, one I can’t recommend enough. It is the best comic on the market, hands down.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Declan Shalvey
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #10

Mind MGMT #10 CoverOnly the Futurist can help Lyme and Meru find Mind Management’s hidden training ground, Shangri-la. But how can they track a man who knows their every move before they do?

I really should spend this review yelling at folks for not reading this brilliant series. It’s one of the few comics on the market that is a complete package from the front cover to the back cover.

The attention to detail on every page is amazing. There’s a side story along the edges, fakes ads, hidden messages, it’s just amazing. There really is no other comic like it on the market, for that alone it’s a must buy.

But then there’s Kindt’s story and art. The story itself is crazy. It follows a shady organization who uses people with special abilities to shape the world. The series is now preparing for a battle to take down that organization as sides are being taken.

The art is Kindt’s usual, which is to say unique and distinctive. If you see his work, you know it’s his. I personally love the style myself.

The series is consistently solid, one of my favorites each and every issue. It’s not too late to get reading and find out what you’ve been missing.

Story and Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Pick of the Week: The Massive #11 + 9 Others

the massive #11 coverThere’s a solid list of new comics being released this week and the fact I’m still thinking about The Massive #11 makes it my pick for the week. Brian Wood‘s amazing post-environmental crash series continues it’s mysterious journey as the team attempts to find their sister ship, the Massive. This issue looks at the impact of this new world on the animal populations and particularly sharks. In a simple comic, legacy is examined in a haunting story that had me getting choked up. Haunting and beautiful at the same time, The Massive continues to be one of the best comic series to be published.

  • The Massive #11 – see above
  • Jupiter’s Legacy #1 – The new series by Mark Millar and Frank Quietly is about a group of individuals given super powers and the next generation, their kids. The latest hero deconstruction has a solid first issue and I’m sure everyone will be buzzing about it this week.
  • Princeless Vol. 2 #2 – The best all-ages comic out there continues its amazing “girl power” message. Fun for everyone.
  • Mind MGMT #10 – Matt Kindt’s trippy spy-like series is a perfect example of what happens when you see every page of the comic as a whole package. From start to finish, always an amazing comic with so much small detail, it’ll make your head spin.
  • Rachel Rising #16 – Optioned to be a television series, see what everyone will be buzzing about.
  • East of West #2 – It’s the four horsemen meets a futuristic western, need I say more?
  • Uncanny X-Men #5 – Brian Michael Bendis continues to put out one of the best “X” comics out there with this group of revolutionary mutants.
  • Mighty Skullkickers #1 – Hack and slash D&D like fun!
  • Uncanny Avengers #7 – How does Havok’s speech about mutant being a four letter word go over? Hopefully we find out.
  • Young Avengers #4One of the more interesting Marvel NOW! series takes on the next generation of heroes.

Pick of the Week – East of West #1

east of westThe things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. East of West is a Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States.

A new series from the team of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, not only is the concept intriguing but the artwork is pretty cool too. Hickman is a master storyteller who creates epic adventures. Any creator owned series by him, and you can expect to be challenged and forced to think through interesting concepts and philosophical ideas. Usually that’s surrounded by some kick-ass action.

Since it’s announcement this series has been on my radar as one of the top new ones I’ve wanted to read. If it’s like all of Hickman’s past work, we’re in for a hell of a ride.

  • East of West #1 – see above
  • The Massive #10 – Why aren’t you reading the best comic on the market? Brian Wood knocks it out of the park each month with this series.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 – I’ve like the teases and Iron Man in space intrigues me. Brian Michael Bendis has been putting out some great books in Marvel NOW!. I’m expecting no less from this.
  • Red Team #2 – Garth Ennis’ series follows a crooked police unit. The first issue was amazing. The second should be just as solid. Perfect for anyone into police drama.
  • Mark Waid’s Green Hornet #1 – Mark Waid is one of the best writers out there right now. His take on heroes like Daredevil have been amazing. Now imagine that, but with Green Hornet. Yes please!

Review – The Massive Vol. 1: Black Pacific

The Massive TPB CoverIn this first volume of Brian Wood’s new, sprawling post-apocalyptic epic, follow the crew of the Kapital from the flooded remnants of Hong Kong to Unalaska, with stops in Antarctica and Mogadishu, as post-Crash ethics and economics are explored across a broken world. This trade paperback collects issues #1–#6 of the series, plus three eight page stories from Dark Horse Presents.

We named The Massive as the “best non-super hero comic” of last year, and the series is making a case to repeat this year. We also would have considered it for “best comic series” if we had that award. Brian Wood got “best writer” (primarily for his work here as well as Dark Horse’s Conan) and Callum Israel, the main character, was named best character. That’s a lot of awards for a comic book series. And all of them deserved, very much so.

The Massive is easily one of the smartest comics on the market right now and works on so many levels, it’s kind of ridiculous. First, there’s a mystery. The crew of the Kapital are searching for their sister ship the Massive which has gone missing. Next there’s the backdrop of this post-apocalyptic world devastated by environmental disaster. We don’t really know why this has happened, but it has. Each issue we find out how this world has changed because of it. Next there’s the crew of the Kapital, and their varied pasts and motives. The characters are so original, so unique.

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Pick of the Week – Superior Spider-Man #6

Superior Spider-Man #6 CoverI’m pretty jaded when a major character is killed off. More than likely they’re coming back in a few months time as if nothing happened. Dan Slott though has taken this worn plot device and instead has given us a new take, and one that works, with Superior Spider-Man. Superior Spider-Man #6 picks up as Doc Ock/Spidey deals with his actions last issue, crossing a line the real Spider-Man never would.

As a whole, this series has been brilliant, instead of focusing on a hero attempting to do good, we get a villain trying to be the champion he never was. The focus on character has been amazing, especially with its subtle moments. Ock wants to be the best, and his approach at being Spidey has been fascinating to watch, as well as the arrogance and knowledge from his past life he’s brought to his new role.

This story and twist has sure brought some controversy, but it’s also brought some amazing stories with it too.

  • Superior Spider-Man #6see above
  • The Massive Vol. 1I usually don’t recommend trade collections, but this series is so good, if you missed the individual issues, you need to pick up this trade.
  • Revival #8This series might seem like another dead rising/zombie comic, but it’s focus on small town cops dealing with the dead rising is more like a police drama than horror comic.
  • Adventure Time #14Ok, I’m fairly new to the whole Adventure Time thing, but it’s consistently caused me to laugh and put a smile on my face.
  • Avengers #8This series might be a bit thick for new readers with lots of references to obscure stories and characters, but it’s also the best drawn and written of the Marvel NOW! comics and one that’s trying to bring together a lot of disconnected characters/universes/plots.

Around the Tubes

I didn’t get a chance for this post yesterday, so here’s an extra long edition.

Around the Tubes

Market Wire – Top Comics Industry Talent Agent Joins Red Giant Entertainment Congrats!

Robot 6 – Superman legal battle isn’t over yet: Siegels try a new strategy Huh.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

IGN – Age of Ultron #1

ComicsAlliance – Age Of Ultron #1

Bleeding Cool – Age Of Ultron #1

Talking Comics – All-Star Western #17

ICv2 – Barrage Vol. 1

ICv2 – Btooom! Vol. 1

The Beat – Lost Vegas #1

The Fandom Post – The Massive Vol. #1

Bleeding Cool – Sex #1

Talking Comics – Talon #5

Detroit News – Terra Tempo

The Beat – X-Men Legacy #6

CBR – Young Avengers #2

Pick of the Week – Uncanny Skullkickers #1

uncannysk01_coveraImage Comics has been teasing it for quite some time with some brilliant press releases, but the wait is over for Uncanny Skullkickers #1, the beginning of the second volume of the fantasy series. This is the ninteenth issue of the series, but also a new #1, so a perfect jumping on point. Basically, the story is two hard-headed mercenaries kill monsters and cause havoc in their search for money, fame and adventure. A fantasy series filled with as many laughs as action, it’s always been an entertaining read. This “first” issue continues to bring the awesome, throwing out humor and fun at every chance, and there’s two stories in one! A solid issue back, and one everyone should grab this week.

  • Uncanny Skullkickers #1 – see above
  • The Massive #9 – Brian Wood’s amazing series has been getting better and better. Each issue I find myself tensing up as the action and intrigue increases. One of the best comics on the market.
  • Uncanny X-Men #2 – Brian Michael Bendis gave us an amazing first issue and that ending! The first issue quickly became one of the best of this year, so you better believe the second issue is anticipated.
  • Uncanny X-Force #2 – Kick-ass X-women lead by Psylocke, yes please! The first issue was another solid release under Marvel NOW!, hopefully the second issue can keep it up.
  • Batman Incorporated #8 – The comic universe was abuzz yesterday with the shocking announcement as to what’s going on in this issue… Expect sell-outs as this comic was probably under ordered.

Review – The Answer #1, Mind MGMT #7 and The Massive #8

The Answer #1

The Answer #1 CoverDevin McKenzie is an insomniac librarian with a knack for solving puzzles. The Answer! is a masked crime fighter with a giant exclamation point on his face. Aside from a penchant for late nights, they share nothing in common . . . until both become embroiled in a deadly mystery surrounding a sinister motivational speaker!

I’m a fan of pulp and so far have enjoyed Dark Horse’s re-entry into that and crime fighter comics. This latest series is entertaining, but it seemed a bit light for me in the story department.

There’s a set up of a librarian solving this puzzle, then being taken to a website, then suddenly folks are trying to kill her while this crime fighter is trying to save her. It’s the beginning of a chase movie, with little explanation, a series of events, not a complete story, but this is a miniseries…

The first issue to me is good, didn’t blow me away, but it’s a fun entry into the crime fighter noirish genre. I have a feeling when taken as a whole, the series will be much better than the individual parts. I was hoping to be blown away or at least hooked enough by this first issue. While I liked it, can’t say I’m uber excited for the second.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Mike Norton Colorist: Mark Englert

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

The Massive #8

The Massive #8The Kapital stumbles upon a newly declared sovereign nation—a community of hundreds living on oil platforms with dreams of a new utopia. With the world’s governments and economies in shambles, is this new “country” the hope for the future that Callum Israel and Ninth Wave are looking for?

Set up in the last issue is continued with all kinds of mysterious actions being taken by the crew of the Kapital while a storm bears down. Communications lines are being destroyed, the Kapital is facing some hostile actions and Callum and his crew are aboard this new nation, either locked up or doing… something…

This issue is the middle of an ongoing story, not good for new readers, but you should be reading this series anyways, so that’s not an issue.

Add in an ending that shocked me and had me blurt out wtf while reading, and I was blown away by this issue. I can’t wait to see what happens next. This is one of the few series I devour as soon as I get my hands on it. Easily the best comic series on the shelves today.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown Colorist: Dave Stewart Cover: J.P. Leon

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #7

Mind MGMT #7 CoverWe’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of MIND MGMT, beginning with the Ad Man! With the remains of MIND MGMT on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors.

Up to this point, we’ve had a hell of a build up as we’ve learned what Mind MGMT is and how it’s shaped the world. Now we get to meet various members of the clandestine organization. But, as we do that, we’re also dragged into further mystery.

The Ad Man presented in this issue gives us more of a background as to how Mind MGMT has changed the world, but from his perspective. We also get even more of an idea in how in depth their day to day control is.

Kindt each month puts out a brilliant package. The comic is so much more than the story in between the covers, instead there’s shorter comics on the inside covers and then in this issue small drawings throughout the bottom of the comic just adds to the experience and adds to the overall feel. There’s nothing else like it in comics today.

This is the beginning of a new story arc, so now’s a perfect time to find out the excellence you’ve been missing.

Story, Art and Cover: Matt Kindt

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provides Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Pick of the Week – Uncanny X-Force #1

I’ve been thinking about the comics I’m looking forward to this year, and Uncanny X-Force #1 is up there for me. Seeing where this series goes lead by Psylocked will be very interesting. Primarily made up of women, we get an interesting mix of characters of Storm (mohawk returns!), Spiral, female Fantomex and Puck. Somehow Bishop is involved as well. Overall, I’m intrigued and hopefully we see the series, and Psylocke continue the journey she made in the last volume.

  • Uncanny X-Force #1 – see above
  • The Massive #8 – Brian Wood’s masterpiece comic is easily my favorite comic of 2012 and there’s still time to get into it and see what you’ve been missing.
  • Avengers #3 – One of the best Marvel NOW! relaunches. The writing and art are examples of what Marvel NOW! should be.
  • Young Avengers #1 – An interesting mix of characters, it’ll be interesting to see where this series goes. Could be really fun, could be a real let down.
  • Judge Dredd #3 – I’ve not really read Judge Dredd before, but IDW’s take on the character has been awesome so far.
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