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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR2_CoverB_VariantWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is putting out one of the most entertaining Marvel comics around with Howard the Duck. My top pick was a tough decision between this and Johnny Red #2, and that’s honestly a good problem to have.

Bigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This looks like a mix of John Carter, Gladiator and Bigfoot. Which sounds amazing.

Extraordinary X-Men #3 (Marvel) – I actually never read issue #2 due a slight snafu with Diamond not delivering it to my LCS, so I’ll be getting two issues to read on Wednesday, and based on the buzz I’ve heard about #2, I’m excited for #3 as well.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – This Garth Ennis penned series came out of nowhere last month to be one of the best comics I ended up reading with it’s tale of a Second World War British fighter pilot facing off against the Nazi’s in Russia. I can’t wait to get my hands on this issue.

Seduction Of The Innocent #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – looks like an old school crime comic with some modern flair. My fancy is tickled.

 

Ash

Top Pick: Spidey #1 (Marvel) – As a huge Spider-Man fan I am always excited and interested in new titles, and this is no different. A fresh take on a young web-head…well it has been done before (Ultimate Spider-Man anyone?) but you know I am really excited by this new take. It promises to be fun, action packed and completely modern (#Spidey?). The artwork is bold, bright and as fresh as the plotline promises to be. For any true-believers out there, this is an issue not to be missed!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Private Eye Deluxe Edition (Image Comics) – It’s actually a tough week for choices and I could easily do a top twenty myself, but I have to go with the Private Eye as my top pick. First, there’s a good chance you missed this when it was first released as a digital comic. Second, it’s by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. Third, it’s fantastic. Fourth, this series was launched as a pay what you want directly from Vaughan, and is a solid example of disrupting the system successfully, so much so it’s in print. So, pick this up in print, or go and grab it digitally. Just make sure to read it.

Carver: A Paris Story #1 (Z2 Comics) – Z2 has been putting out solid books regularly and this new series has a nice throwback to 70s European action films. There’s lots of cliches, but that’s partially what makes it all really fun. This should be creator Chris Hunt’s break out series. Do yourself a favor and give it a look.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – Did you read the first issue? If so, that should be reason enough as to why this is on the list. Writer Garth Ennis is taking on the classic character and doing so in a brilliant way. Just completely caught me off guard int he quality, because holy crap it’s good.

Sheriff of Babylon #1 (Vertigo) – I did an early review of the issue and it’s not what I thought it’d be. At its heart, Sheriff of Babylon is a crime comic set in a warzone. What’s really impressive and fascinating is writer Tom King’s use of his real life experiences.

X’Ed #1 (Black Mask Studios) – It’d be easy to just call this Inception the comic, but there’s much more going on here than a trippy dive in to someone’s mind. The comic has some really interesting twists and turns in the first issue that kept me on my toes, and that ending is rather intriguing. Black Mask Studios has had a string of hits and I expect this to be their next.

 

Elana

Cyborg #5 (DC Comics) – Writer David F Walker is doing something significant in sci-fi with this comic. It’s a superhero series about race. I’m a huge supporter of where he’s going with this. Listen to our interview with him a few weeks back.

Gotham Academy #12 (DC Comics) – This is one of my favorite comics and I feel like its been going under the radar. Amazingly written, a diverse group of kids, art that can be both adorable and haunting as needed. I don’t even catch all of the easter eggs and references to Batman lore from ages past but that doesn’t matter.  The school is haunted both literally and metaphorically and it’s impossible to not be invested in these stories. This is the last issue of a wonderful arc.

The Humans #10 / Image Firsts The Humans #1 (Image Comics) – If you’ve been reading this kickass 1970-biker-apesploitation series then you need issue 10, the culmination of the first miniseries. This month Image Comics is also reissuing number 1 so tell the fresh meat there’s something they need to buy for good times and cheap thrills. This comic feels like an ultra-violent 1970s underground comic, it comes with it’s own online soundtrack and the art is freaking flawless. Still not convinced? Here’s my review of the first part of the series.

Papergirls #3 (Image Comics) –  This is the new Saga: very friendly to non-comics readers, totally enchanting, breathlessly exciting and full of amazing female characters. Read J9s review of issue 2. Boy, that was a “heart in your throat” cliff hanger at the end of the last issue!

Space Riders TP Vol. 1 (Black Mask Studios) – It feels like 70’s Jack Kirby filtered through many levels of Heavy Metal Magazine (think Moebius, Druillet). Only more underground and loose. A bit of a space western with a Jodorowsky-ish flying skull ship! A more Red Sonja-ish Gamora. Christy Karacas (creator of the cartoon Super Jail) levels of choas and scribble. If my description makes sense to you then you’ll probably like this. If my description doesn’t make sense to you, and you are ok with that, you may like it too. “I like my coffee like I like my space: black and infinite”- Capitan Peligro.

 

Thomas

Top Pick: Robin War #1 (DC Comics) – Perfectly timed for the winter season, DC Comics is running a small event that crosses over the various Robin titles, bookended by these one-shots. Previews and solicits make this event look like it could be a lot of fun, so it’s a definite must-read!

All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Continuing Marvel’s All-New All-Different launches, this gives Dennis Hopeless the chance to write young superheroes once again. The All-New X-Men – minus Jean Grey, but with Kid Apocalypse and Idie added to their ranks – are headed for a road-trip to decide their role in the future of the Marvel Universe. All-New X-Men may not be set to headline the X-Men range as it did under Brian Bendis, but it still looks set to be one of the most fun comics out there.

Exit Generation #3 (ComixTribe) – Sam Read and Caio Oliveira have been producing an unusual but fantastic series, steeped in sci-fi and with an admirable sense of style. Independent comics don’t often get the attention they deserve, and this series is one that deserves a lot of attention!

Invincible Iron Man #4 (Marvel) – One of the strangest shifts in All-New All-Different Marvel is a change in Mary-Jane Watson’s status quo. She’s going from a member of Spider-Man’s supporting cast to a member of Iron Man’s supporting cast, and this is the issue that kicks that off. It’s going to be fascinating to see how (not to mention why) Brian Bendis pulls this off…

Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted Trade Paperback (Marvel) – The first Spider-Gwen series (shorted to a miniseries due to Secret Wars) was tremendously popular, and this is the chance to collect it as a trade paperback! Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez pull off a tremendously fun story with energy and verve, and this book is sure to impress anyone who didn’t pick up the original issues.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get this week?

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – Certified?: Paper Sourcing and Comics – Some interesting info.

Gazette – Silver Spring school aids budding comic creators – Very cool!

Kotaku – Now There’s A Mighty Marvel Mobile Multiplayer Brawler – Hrm.

iO9 – The Long And Terrible History Of DC Comics Mistreating Batgirl – Some good comic history.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

Bleeding Cool – Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

Nothing But Comics – Harrow County #1 & 2

Comic Vine – Kanan: The Last Padawan #1

Kotaku – The Private Eye

ICv2 – Seraphim: 266613336 Wings TP

Comic Vine – Uncanny Inhumans #0

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone have on their plans?

Around the Tubes

WWGP – Pistol Annies Launching Interactive Graphic Novel Online Leading Up to “Annie Up” Release May 7Wonder why they wen that route?

Kotaku – There are 18 Armors in the Official Iron Man 3 Game. Can You Name Them?Fun quiz time!

CBR – Bendis & Andreyko’s “Torso” To Be Adapted by Sundance Favorite Lowery Cool.

Bleeding Cool – What Exactly Did Robert Venditti Say About Plans To Kill Off John Stewart?Still think it could be a good storyline.

Kotaku – When Video Game Artists Get To Redesign Comic Book SuperheroesSome I really dig.

The Hollywood Reporter – Terry Moore’s Horror Comic ‘Rachel Rising’ Heading to Television (Exclusive)Yay!

Comics Alliance –Robert Morales, Writer Of Marvel’s ‘Truth: Red, White And Black,’ Passes AwaySad news.

The Mary Sue – DC Comics Pulls The Plug On Executive Column After Too Many Tough Questions From FansIn what other industry do fans have this much access to decision makers?

Kotaku – See What Censorship Has Done To These MangaHuh.

Kotaku – Injustice: Gods Among Us: The Kotaku ReviewI need to get this game.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Age of Ultron #6

Comic Vine – B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth – A Cold Day In Hell #106

Comic Vine – Cable and X-Force #7

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #12

CBR – Daredevil #25

Comic Vine – Iron Man #8

Comic Vine – Jirni #1

Comic Vine – Justice League of America’s Vibe #3

The Spectrum – Mind MGMT Vol. 1

Spandexless – The Private Eye

Comic Vine – Red Hood and the Outlaws #19

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin #1

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man #8

Comic Vine – Venom #34

Around the Tubes

Did you go to the comic shop yesterday? Get anything?

Around the Tubes

The Fialkov – The Story… Josh Fialkov explains why he left Green and Red Lantern.

CBR – Venditti, Jensen & Soule Replace Fialkov On “Green Lantern” Titles But some good replacements.

Kotaku – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Is The Worst Game I’ve Played This YearThat sucks…

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Chew #32

The Beat – Constantine #1

ComicBookMovie – The Private Eye #1

The Beat – The Private Eye #1

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting?

Around the Tubes

SPX – SPX Apologizes for Registration MeltdownA great show to go to.

ComicsAlliance – Julie Taymor’s ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Lawsuit Gets Official Court DateCould be fun to watch this court case.

Bleeding Cool – ComiXology Promotes Female Comic Creators Over AllAwesome.

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – The Private Eye #1