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The Beat – Marvel is hiring, after a few layoffs – Here’s your chance folks!


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Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #30

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Talking Comics – Batgirl #34

Comic Vine – Batman #34

Talking Comics – Dark Ages #1

Comic Vine – Deadpool #33

Talking Comics – Delinquents #1

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #8

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps. #34

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #2

Comic Vine – Original Sin #7

Comic Vine – Spider-Man 2099 #2

The Beat – The Star Wars

Comic Vine – Superman/Wonder Woman #11

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ICv2 – Theseus and the Minotaur

Comic Vine – The United States of Murder Inc. #4

Comic Vine – Unity #10

Talking Comics – X-Men #18

Pick(s) of the Week: The Star Wars #4

the star wars #4 coverThe Star Wars is the comic version of the unpublished original draft of George Lucas’ Star Wars. For three issues we’ve been introduced to a world that’s so familiar and at the same time different, new and exciting.

General Skywalker and Jedi-in-training Annikin Starkiller have a deadly encounter with mounted Stormtroopers! An encounter with outlaws in a cantina leads to a meeting with smuggler Han Solo! And a Jedi makes the ultimate sacrifice to save one of Princess Leia’s younger brothers!

It’s a duel in the desert for this awesome and fresh Star Wars series.

Check out below for the rest of our picks!


Top Pick: Terminator Salvation Final Battle #1 (Dark Horse) – Straczynski pens a 12-issue, time hopping Terminator series. Why would you not read this?

The Black Bat #7 (Dynamite) – This is a wicked good pulp series that pays homage to a near century-old antihero. It’s early enough to start from the beginning, do it.

Detective Comics #26 (DC Comics) – I had put this series down for a while (I can only read so many Batman storylines), but the cover art and genetically altered bat-people plotline has brought me back.

The Star Wars #4 (Dark Horse) – The places and names still take some time getting used to (Annikin Starkiller…), but overall it’s interesting to see the first draft of one of the world’s most iconic stories.

Graphic Novel/TPB Top Pick: Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard Vol 2 HC (Archaia) – I have just started reading Mouse Guard and it is, by far, one of best stories in print. I am now scouring eBay and Amazon for every collected edition, anthology, and Free Comic Book Day one-off issue.


Top Pick: Trillium #5 (Vertigo) – The time travel love story has delivered with every single issue. This will go down as one of the best mini-series of the year. A shining example of Vertigo’s resurgence.

The Fox #4 (Archie Comics) – The classic character has a new life courtesy of Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel and Archie comics. The first issue was solid and actually has me excited for a super hero comic from Archie!

Inhumanity #1 (Marvel) – Infinity is over and now starts the rise of the Inhumans. This’ll be a huge issue setting the tone and direction of the Marvel Universe for at least the next year.

The Star Wars #4 (Dark Horse) – See above why this is on my list.

Velvet #2 (Image Comics) – This spy series from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting had an amazing first issue. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the second.

Graphic Novel/TPB Top Pick: Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard Vol 2 HC (Archaia) – I devour each individual issue and when they’re collected as hardcovers. The fantasy series starring mice is absolutely classic and perfect to share with the whole family.

NYCC 2013: Dark Horse Announces Exclusives

New York Comic Con, the largest pop culture event on the Eastern Seaboard, is right around the corner, and Dark Horse is bringing you the latest and greatest in exclusive comics and Dark Horse Deluxe products!

The Star Wars #1 NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.

Price: $5.00

Availability: Two per person, while supplies last


Elfquest: The Final Quest Special NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 500)

Elfquest is a winner of the Golden Pen Award from the Young Adult Advisory Committee. This special, an oversized prologue to the Elfquest: The Final Quest series, marks thirty years of Elfquest action and adventure!

Price: $10.00

Availability: Two per person, while supplies last


Domo Qee NYCC 2013 Exclusive (Limited Edition of 1,000)

A 2.5-inch Qee version of Domo unavailable anywhere else, packaged in a color box.

Price: $9.00

Availability: Four per person, all days

Make sure to stop by booth #1636 to check out all this awesome stuff, only available at New York Comic Con 2013!


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

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CBR – “Ant-Man” Release Date Moves to Summer 2015 Excellent.

CBR  – Marvel, Gary Friedrich Agree to Ghost Rider SettlementI’d be fascinated to know what the settlement is.

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CBR – Batman: Black and White #1

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Spandexless – The Star Wars #1

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The weekend is almost here and the start of Baltimore Comic Con! What’s everyone else doing this weekend?

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CBR – Waid Announces Comic Book Store Partnership with Franco & Baltazar – MOAR!

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Talking Comics – Action Comics #23.1

Comic Vine – The Black Bat #5

Talking Comics – Forever Evil #1

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Comic Vine – The Star Wars #1

CBR – The Star Wars #1

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Review: The Star Wars #1 – Sean’s Take

the star wars #1 coverSince the day I heard about this from Dark Horse early in May of this year, I can say I was on the edge of my seat waiting to read the adaptation of Lucas’ 1974 script—yes, the original script that, as you’ve probably heard in the same hyped-up speech, is very different from the Star Wars we know. In other words, I mean exactly to spare you from the sort of “It’s not the Star Wars you know!” rhetoric (either in the form of complaint or praise, because what good would that do?).

That said, I do have to brag shortly that I once had a blog, a very short-lived blog that I got rid of when I got a gig writing for Graphic Policy. It was the Star Wars Comic Review blog, and it was *shockingly* about Star Wars comics, largely because I love SW and because my first comics and the reason I got into comics were/was SW. I heard the The Star Wars announcement immediately through Newsarama.com and was the second of the dozens of comics blogs and websites I follow to write about this incredible and historic event for SW and comics nerds. So, I guess you could say I’m a big deal…

The Star Wars #1 is brought to us by the incredible archival work of J.W. Rinzler, an author and editor for Lucasfilm Licensing, and a guy who’s gone through a lot of hard work to bring an archival history of SW in various books. The art for TSW #1 (we’ll go with that acronym so I can stop press ctrl+i) was done by Mike Mayhew, who has actually a well-rounded and diverse dossier.

Newsarama recently posted a link to some hype-up-the-readers information about TSW #1 with a caption “THE STAR WARS – great idea or better left in George Lucas’ memory?” To them I say, “This sort of rhetoric is really, really silly and not worthy of news. After all, the damn piece of art exists. Like it, or don’t, but why debate whether it should exist?” So, let’s delve into this bad-boy and take it as-is, since you can’t really take a major comic that rewrites the Star Wars experience with anything but detached observationalism lest you risk being the douche that says “But this isn’t Star Wars the way I like it in this one single iteration that can never be reduplicated.” Because if you’re that person, stay the hell away from comics! Still, some reference to the original is required to make sense of this cultural-icon-remade.

The father-son drama that is obscured in all but Return of the Jedi becomes immediately apparent in TSW, but it is a comforting drama that sidesteps whiny teenagers and patricide (for now?). The Emperor is as commanding and imperious a leader as never seen in the SW universe, and in fact the allusion to WWII is more obvious in the Rinzler/early Lucas version than the slight undertones in the Original Trilogy. The political situation, however, is not as easy to pick apart as SW; TSW is a more complex beast, where the sides of good and evil don’t seem easily chosen one over the other.

There are even references to Dune in the form of a guild of spacers (frigates, albeit), and the historical weight of Roman historical struggles seems to loom heavily in TSW, as does the admixture of Japanese warrior culture. What arises, then, in the universe of The Star Wars is a Japonic-Romanic political war story that stands well as a narrative on its own. In fact, while the SW legacy and namesake may be the sales pitch, The Star Wars is fascinating on its own, as complex as Dune and as fraught with moral ambiguity over good-and-evil as Return of the Jedi.

What’s more, TSW combines all that is great about the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy, a synchronous blend that allows the historically minded to see the bits and pieces of Lucas’ mind that led him to decision made 3 to 20 years later as he (and many, many others were) was making the SW film saga. Also, it would appear that in addition to his Japanese and Roman fetish, Lucas had a major crush on Dutch words and names (how many time have I heard, “Uh, ‘vader’ means father in like German or something, so duh Vader was Luke’s dad”). Go figure!

To make note of the art, which is fantastically done and quite appropriate to the project at hand: Mayhew’s art is populated a-plenty with visual references for the SW aficionado, from the first page to the last you get a slight glimpse of the “SW you know” as though it is the vestige of Ancient Rome in modern, metropolitan Roma.

In the end, what can still be said about The Star Wars as a new saga will have to wait, but I know that Rinzler, Mayhew, and the whole Dark Horse team involved have taken a modern American sci-fi legacy and used the historian’s craft and some creative interpretation to fashion on a new legacy worthy of Star Wars’ mantle of honor, yet uniquely its own monolithic work of fictional pomp and grandeur. The Star Wars #1 is, in short, the beginning of an unfinished vision of Star Wars redefined and perfected with all the insight of nearly 40 years of one of the most successful fictional franchises.

“May the Force of Others Be with You All.”

Story: J.W. Rinzler  Art: Mike Mayhew
Story: 8.5  Art: 8  Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Star Wars #1 – Brett’s Take

the star wars #1 coverBefore Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.

Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away! So familiar, yet so different.

Like I’m sure many, when I heard that Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay would be adapted into a comic book series I was both giddy with excitement and beyond nervous. With offshoots, prequels, sequels and so much more that’s been a mix-bagged as far as quality, hearing Lucas’ name on anything gives me pause. And with that, I dove into this first issue and came out wanting more! Yes, it’s that good and that much fun.

There’s a certain feeling I had when I first saw Star Wars and the rest of the original trilogy. That excitement continued for many of the early comic sequels and prequels as well. Reading this first issue, that same excitement I had watching those movies many (too many) years ago returned.

While much of the comic is familiar, the changes are different enough to warrant this release and keep you on your toes. The first issue alone gives us a different Jedi order, a different Empire and technology that looks similar, but not quite. Yes, the story is a bit more generic “sci-fi,” but it’s fun sci-fi that has the pulp fun I want in a story, like Flash Gordon or old Buck Rogers tales.

The art by Mike Mayhew is a compliment to J. W. Rinzler‘s story. The art just has a cool vibe about it, like it came off of storyboards and were put on the comic page.

This eight issue series should be interesting, especially to see what’s changed from the final release, and if this first issue is any indication, this will be one hell of a ride. I can’t wait for the next issue.

Story: J. W. Rinzler Art: Mike Mayhew
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Pick(s) of the Week: The Star Wars #1

the star wars #1 coverThis week is packed with awesome releases making this choice a very difficult one. For years now, there has existed an elusive script written by George Lucas, The Star Wars. This early draft of the classic film we know today is filled with familiar characters, worlds and concepts, but all twisted just a little into a new adventure.

Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!

This is the official adaptation of the screenplay we’ve only heard about and having read it, we’re getting one hell of an adventure.

Check out below for the rest of our picks!


Top Pick: The Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse) -See above as to why I’m going with this one. I read the first issue and it’s awesome.

Forever Evil #1 (DC Comics) – Out of the Trinity War comes this first company wide event. Trinity War was pretty solid, but this one sounds like it’s going to get people talking with some shocking moments.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3 (Marvel) – While I love Dan Slott’s Spider-Man comic, this one looks at the villains he faces in an awesome comic that’s part comedy as well as adventure. The writing and dialogue is fantastic.

Trillium #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue absolutely blew me away in one of the best debuts of the year. Here’s hoping the second issue holds up and is just as solid.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 (Marvel) – The other big event kicking off this week. Marvel has been stumbling a bit with their events lately and here’s crossing my fingers this one breaks the downward spiral.


Top Pick: The Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse) – You’ll see my review out tomorrow, and hopefully you’ll pick this up tomorrow, because in my opinion it’s one of the best series debuts this year!

Forever Evil #1 (DC Comics) – I’m plainly just looking forward to seeing what DC does with this.

Infinity #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was pretty fantastic, and I’m not even a huge Marvel fan, so how could this be a let down?

Superior Spider-Man #17 (Marvel) – The return of Spider-Man 2099, and, well, this makes the list because it’s Superior Spider-Man and Dan Slott hasn’t disappointed. Oh, and I think Harry’s back?

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 (Marvel) – What, another major event? This is madness! X-Madness!


The Star Wars Trailer

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas‘s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.

Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!

Dark Horse‘s 8 issue limited series hits stores September 4, 2013.

WonderCon 2013: LucasFilm and Dark Horse Announce The Star Wars!

It’s no April Fools’ prank! Dark Horse has announced a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!

Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”

“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”

Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

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