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Review: The Troop #5

TheTroop_05_Cover_aThe Troop prepare for their first mission as a team; they even have snazzy uniforms and everything. But can superpowers in the hands of a few reckless kids stand up to the controlled rage of Chalice?

With The Troop #5, this series doesn’t seem slow down much as, the mysterious group that is killing kids with powers is finally confronted. Things go sort of according to plan, as tensions between the twin the sisters cause some internal conflict.  Which makes things interesting as Edward is confronted by an old friend. Except this friend is more than aware of the gifted children and that Edward is collecting them, despite the prophecy.

They finally get costumes. Like most similar mutant based comic books, the costumes are made to work with their specific powers. However unlike say The X-men for example, the Troops costumes are unique to each individual, which is a nice change of pace.  It portrays a sense of individuality despite being part of a team. As for the rest of the artwork, it is solid. Fluid, as the action and fight begins, ending before it gets out hand as the villains pull a radical move in attempt to destroy the Troop.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: Joshua Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: The Troop #5

The Troop #5

Writers: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 20

The Troop prepare for their first mission as a team; they even have snazzy uniforms and everything. But can superpowers in the hands of a few reckless kids stand up to the controlled rage of Chalice?

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Review: The Troop #4

TheTroop_01_CoverWith one of the team killed, the young, naive members of the Troop must face up to the reality of their situation. They can return to the grim misery of their previous lives – or fully embrace their powers and rain their righteous fury down upon those out to do them harm! Time to decide!

Take a chance at a normal life hiding what you are, or are you willing to use what you have? That seems to be the underlying question in this issue, as everyone tries to have a normal life. At least as normal as they can given they are a more than most humans. Of course that doesn’t end well, as the past comes back to some of them.

Nothing says family, quite like strange coincidences, as they all share one home. Now that the home has become more than just a hideout, the artist does a supreme job filling in the blank spots of the penthouse.  Even the scenes where they attempt to have to a normal life by finding jobs, going to school, working are supremely well done.

I’m curious to see how this story continues, as past and present mingle into a strange tapestry. One thing is certain though, it will be interesting.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Troop #4

THE TROOP #4

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 9

With one of the team killed, the young, naive members of the Troop must face up to the reality of their situation. They can return to the grim misery of their previous lives – or fully embrace their powers and rain their righteous fury down upon those out to do them harm! Time to decide!

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Review: The Troop #3

THE TROOP #3 COVER A by Josh CassaraThe ranks of the Troop continue to swell… teenager torch, Hotshot, and Virus, a little bundle of virulence, have been joined by Torrent, a young girl who gives a whole new meaning to ‘stream’ of consciousness. Now they begin to dig like fingernails in a scab to uncover the secrets of their origins…

In most comics there is an origin story of sort of how, and why the character(s) came to be. While that is common to happen in the first issue, this one takes place in the third issue of The Troop. At least some of it does, anyway, as the main characters learn “how,” and to a limited extent the “why,” they existent. Honestly, the series so far has been a a violent, super-powered thrill ride so far, and I doubt it will end soon.

While the past issues have been been violent, this issue kicks thing up a few notches in both story and art. The art by J. Cassara manages to capture the story’s action packed, conspiracy as Illusion hunts down more of the powered beings. Of course like previous issues, this issue manages to introduce a few more characters. Including a “dead,” boy and an odd Brazilian family.  Both of which have intriguing, and odd styles of being drawn, along with a back story.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Troop #3

THE TROOP #3

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Joshua Cassara
Cover B: Yishan Li
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 32 PP
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 10, 2016

The ranks of the Troop continue to swell… teenager torch, Hotshot, and Virus, a little bundle of virulence, have been joined by Torrent, a young girl who gives a whole new meaning to ‘stream’ of consciousness. Now they begin to dig like fingernails in a scab to uncover the secrets of their origins…

THE TROOP #3 COVER A by Josh Cassara

Review of The Troop #2

TheTroop_02_Cover A - Joshua CassaraTorrent, a young woman who can turn herself into water and travel via people’s bladders! Hotshot, sex bomb and pyro-boy! Virus, a little girl who spreads disease like a plague louse! Superheroes with very little that’s super about them, they have been brought together by a mysterious billionaire who seems keen to protect them from an equally mysterious but far more lethal organization with big guns and cool suits.

The Troop #2 continues the enthralling, action filled story from the first issue with barely a break in the pace. Still managing to contain that adult humor, this issues brings in a few more characters, who have powers. Introducing two of the three new characters with sad, unique, but basic, (hopefully building,) backstories. A third character is revealed but, lacks any backstory except they reveal one very critical thing. She isn’t friendly.  While the title is still new, writer Noel Clarke seems to be creating a large world, and more is waiting to be revealed.

While I can’t show you the end panel, that is one of the most interesting panels in the story. By all means J. Cassara makes good use of their talent to amplify the mystery of the chamber. The artwork throughout is superb, with an excellent degree of realism. Every well drawn scene is detailed, and rarely lacks action.

This pairing is definitely two creators to keep an eye on in the future, and see what they write/illustrate. Looking forward to the next issue, eagerly.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 17/01/2016

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. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

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Batman: Europa #1 (DC Comics)* – Yeah, I’m three months behind here, but after dropping the lackluster Detective Comics during the last crossover, I needed some Batman this week. I was not disappointed here. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman/Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles #2  (DC/IDW)* – There is nothing wrong with this second chapter. Nothing. It’s exactly the fun comic I wanted, and I love it. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Cage Hero #3 (Dynamite) – I don’t know if this has become a  guilty pleasure for me, but I’m enjoying this series. I can’t tell if it is being deliberately tongue in cheek,or if it’s just that cheesy, but either way it’s fun. Is it worth reading? Honestly, I don’t know – the review copy is entertaining, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Faith #1 of 4 (Valiant) – My reservations on picking this comic up were utterly groundless (that of a character spun out of Harbinger – a book I’ve never read), and I should have known that before going in because it’s a Valiant comic. The first of four issues is brilliantly illustrated, with some fantastic moments within the story where Faith does what we’ve all done once or twice and imagines…. what if? This issue is fantastic, and is exactly why you need to have Valiant on your pull list. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Huck_03Holy F*cked! TPB (Action Lab) – Satan is pregnant with Jesus’ baby. But will the skate boarding son of God make it to the hospital in time, when an immortal is out to stop him? Holy F*cked! is as brilliantly wrong as it sounds, but it’s such a great collection that you can’t help but love it. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Huck #3 (Image) – Y’know I could talk about the emotional power in the largely silent opening pages, or the genuine warmth you feel when reading this, but why don’t you just buy the series so far and find out why I love this so much? Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

The Precinct #2 (Dynamite) – There’s a lot here that, in theory, I should love. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there’s a lot of boxes checked off in my “like” column this comic just didn’t do it for me. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it, but I felt it fell a bit short of the first issue. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Troop #2 (Titan) – Despite the promise shown in the first issue, I couldn’t help but feel that this comic felt familiar. The concept of a man (with a secret!) building a team of superheroes has been done before, and in enough cases it’s been done better. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Rebels #10 (Dark Horse) – Is, as far as I can tell, a standalone story. It’s also the first issue I had read, and I was impressed. Rebels is a solid offering that stands alone this week in terms of it’s setting, so if you’re looking for a comic that takes place during the Revolutionary War, then this is for you. If you’re not? Think about this anyway. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

 

Brett

Birthright13_coverAbe Sapien #30 (Dark Horse) – Beautiful art plus a new villain (at least I think he’s new), this is an issue that can be a standalone, but I’m sure will have some big impact. The Mignolaverse is one of the best out there, and this issue shows off why. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2 (DC Comics) – The comic is campy goofy fun, capturing the two series it mashes together. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – I still go back and forth with the coloring but this series has no right being as good as it is. Didn’t think it’d work, totally does. Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Birthright #13 (Image Comics) – The comic still continues to be entertaining, and there’s some solid twists and turns that have kept me on my toes. A fun fantasy comic set in the real world. Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Citizen Jack #3 (Image Comics) – Can’t say I saw that twist coming, or is that realistic at all, but the sniveling campaign staff is spot on. Fun political satire. Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

descender09_CoverArtDescender #9 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out there continues on doing so. Amazing read. Amazing art. Nuff said. Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Extraordinary X-Men #5 (Marvel)* – The series is growing on me, but it’s still missing something that makes it really stand out. I’m still interested in seeing where it goes though. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Hero Hourly #2 (21 Pulp) – How aren’t more people talking about this series. The biggest surprise of 2015 also is one of the best of 2016. Holy crap is it good. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Huck #3 (Image Comics) – When I think I have Mark Millar pegged, he does a series like this. Still waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me, but so far an amazing comic. Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Illuminati #3 (Marvel) – Turn your brain off fun. The comic is giving us some interesting villains and great banter. A fun comic that definitely entertains. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1 (Dark Horse) – I hated the first volume of Leaving Megaloppolis, and was a Kickstarter backer. The rather incomplete, abrupt ending irked me. This new volume has been so long in the making I forgot much of the series, and this new issue doesn’t give me much to care going forward. A lot feels like we’ve seen it before and little is new. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

The Massive Ninth Wave #2The Massive: Ninth Wave #2 (Dark Horse) – I’m loving this new volume of the series which shows Ninth Wave’s actions before the crash. A great comic which makes environmentalism entertaining. Plus they’re self-contained stories, even better! Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Robin War #2 (DC Comics) – The ending isn’t too shocking, especially the twist. Still, this event was entertaining and should shake things up nicely in the Bat universe. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

The Sheriff of Babylon #2 (Vertigo)* – Great police procedural comic set in Iraq’s Greenzone. I’m hooked. Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Spirited Leaves #1 (Chapter House Comics) – It reminded me of a Miyazaki animted film in many ways. A very pretty, almost poetic story. This feels like a fairy tale you might tell your child. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Squadron Supreme #3 (Marvel)* – The first issue had promise, these past two, not so much. The series is very paint by numbers in its set up after a great start. So far, one of the biggest let downs. Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

The Violent #2 (Image Comics) – Holy crap is this good. We have comic of the year material here. Just heartbreaking in so many ways. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Weirdworld #3 (Marvel)* – Could be Marvel’s best All-New, All-Different comic. Great art and a real fun story. Just fantastic writing with a great look. Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

 

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Catwoman 48Catwoman #48 (DC)* It’s a good Catwoman story. It posits that NYC is a place that Gotham’s rogues steer clear of because NYC but the NYPD is just that dirty and violent (I take it the creative team’s been reading the local news). The streetscapes in this comic ring true though the grand scale of NYC’s Selina’s safe house is far too large for anyone who’s last name isn’t Wayne. The art is inky and sleek and colorist Eva De La Cruz knocks it out of the ballpark. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Princeless: Save Yourself #0. Princess Adrienne has been flying across the land on her dragon, saving other princesses and she hasn’t had much time to save herself from social norms that still weigh on her mind. This is a wonderful exploration of a girl freeing herself from beauty standards. When she chopped her hair off I absolutely cheered! Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Red Sonja #1 (Dark Horse) This is a Sonja I’ve been waiting for! Marguerite Bennett shows her in and out of her element in a great introduction. She’ll be wrestling with some interesting politics in her homeland with her fists and her brains. She’s also scoring with ladies (whoop!). Looks beginner friendly too. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy!

 

Ryan C

code pru 1Code Pru #1 (Avatar) *: Garth Ennis is back at his tasteless best here, and without the editorial constraints that hindered him from going quite as far as you know he wanted to with All-Star Section Eight (although, hey, bless him for trying, and he did manage to at least get a rapping Phantom Stranger in there). Raulo Caceres’ B&W art is superb, with richly-detailed linework and lush expressions. Not sure how the two competing/corresponding plotlines to which we’re introduced — one involving our college-age heroine, Pru, and her various roommates doing some occult dabbling and some boozing (more of the latter, of course) and the other involving an extra-dimensional Cthulhu-esque entity playing checkers and trading barbs with his captor —will come together as the series progresses, but it’ll be fun to find out. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Snow Blind #1 & #2 (BOOM! Studios)**: Ollie Masters, last seen cooking up a pretty tasty crime story with Vertigo’s The Kitchen, hops aboard the “rural noir” bandwagon that’s been growing in the wake of “Revival” with this intriguing little four-parter about a teenage kid in BF Alaska named Teddy who accidentally exposes his family to danger when posting a picture on social media leads a killer to come after them — and to the revelation that his folks have been in witness protection since before he was even born, and never bothered to mention that pesky little fact to him, even once he was old enough to understand what it meant. The first issue’s a bit of an overly-deliberate table-setter, but such is often the case with short-run books like this; in #2, the mystery really heats up and events move into a decidedly faster and more dangerous gear. The loose, sketchy art style of Tyler(“Peter Panzerfaust”) Jenkins may be an acquired taste that not everyone acquires, but I dig it and think it suits the material just fine. Overall: 6.5 (5 for issue one, 8 for issue two) Recommendation: Buy

 

Shean

manchette_fatale_coverManchette’s Fatale TPB (Titan): I am moon big sucker for Crime Noir novels and Fatale is right up that alley. The Reader is introduced to the alluring character of Melane on her many adventures throughout Europe by way of train meeting individuals of different shades of integrity. Story feels very much like a cross between a Long Kiss Goodnight and A Rage Up In Harlem. By story’s end, you not only feel for Melane but you are rooting for her to fight on for another day. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: The Interconnectedness of All Kings TPB: Supernatural detectives are everywhere in pop culture most noticeably John Constantine Jim Dresden and the greenest one, Antoine Wolfe. Dirk Gently is quite different from all these characters, as he does not take himself as seriously as he comes off as a British Lupin the 3rd. We join Dirk and his cronies as they solve a very odd case dealing with Egyptian Pharoahs. By story’s end, the reader has gone on a whirlwind trip around the world, as he realizes the world needs his skills.


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

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 (**).

Preview: The Troop #2

THE TROOP #2

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Joshua Cassara
Cover B: Yishan Li
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 32
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: Jan 13, 2016

Torrent, a young woman who can turn herself into water and travel via people’s bladders! Hotshot, sex bomb and pyro-boy! Virus, a little girl who spreads disease like a plague louse!

Superheroes with very little that’s super about them, they have been brought together by a mysterious billionaire who seems keen to protect them from an equally mysterious but far more lethal organisation with big guns and cool suits.

TheTroop_02_Cover A - Joshua Cassara

Mini Reviews for the week ending 12/12/15

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. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

Batman #47Batman #47* I could do with less Jim Gordon and more Bruce Wayne, if I’m being honest, but this was a solid comic. There’s certainly a crescendo we’re building toward here, and it’s gong to be glorious when it breaks. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Shadow #5 was a fairly decent ending to a story that, for the most part was pretty good. And I think that’s the problem here; the story arc was good, but it could have been better.Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

The Precinct #1. Steam punk, cops and magic. It’s a great combination. Overall 8.75 Recommendation Buy

Heroes Vengeance #3 Yeah, it’s okay. I’m losing more interest issue by issue, which is a shame because this started off very strongly. Still, it’s worth a read – for now. Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

The Troop #1 was an entertaining read. Starting a new superhero universe largely from scratch is never easy, but this one shows promise. It’s got the feel of early X-Men comics, but much less innocent, and in a much darker setting. Well worth checking out. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

 

Brett

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 (Udon Entertainment) – I haven’t read a Street Fighter comic in a long time, and appreciate the video game series (though wasn’t very good at it). This comic series feels like an extension of the video games series in a good way, a great adaptation, which is something that completely caught me off guard. You usually don’t see this quality in a video game comic adaptation. The story is solid, focusing on Ryo and the dark energy within him. You don’t need to know the greater Street Fighter world, again a good thing, to enjoy this first comic, everything is laid out perfectly for new and old fans alike. An absolute must get, can’t wait to see what comes down the road. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 

Elana

Monstress_02Gotham Academy #13*: I miss Karl Kerschl’s art a lot. Adam Archer’s art style is cartoony but I find it unattractive but I will give him this: the characters of color are clearly drawn with distinctive features. Colorist Serge LaPointe does a great job with skin tones in particular. In a medium where everyone ends up looking white, even when they aren’t, touches like this are really important. Interesting character development here too. Overall 8 Recommendation: Buy

Angela Queen of Hel #2*: It just keeps getting better. I love how the comic is handling the romantic relationship between our two female leads. The jokes are killer. Sera (who is the best) insults Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic”, quotes Pat Benatar and air guitars to Norse Metal. Her answer to “why do you know so much about everything” is essentially “because Bardic Knowledge +20”. Like I said, she’s the best. While the colorist is still making Sera too pale and Kim Jacinto draws her too thin Stephanie Hans nails it every time and her art is always stunning across the board. I’ve also heard that in the future, Sera’s skin-tone will be recolored to be brown as it’s supposed to be. Overall 9 Recommendation: Buy

Monstress #2: The best high fantasy series in ages. Beautiful and disturbing. A fantasy series for grown-ups. Issue 2 fleshes out the world and characters just the right amount and is full of unsettling revelations that feel “earned”. The 25 pages are absolutely packed with story and images you won’t find anywhere else. The costumes in this issue are outstanding. Overall 9.5 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

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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