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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rebels #1 coverWednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood takes us to the past, the American Revolutionary War, in a new series that might be historical, but has some solid themes and points that reverberate today. Having read the first issue, it’s beyond fantastic and well worth checking out.

Convergence: The Questions #1 (DC Comics) – It’s written by Greg Rucka and art by Cully Hammer. Do you need any more reason to check out this comic? Out of everything to spin out of DC’s Convergence event, this one has me the most excited.

Copra Round Two (Bergen Street Comics) – Michel Fiffe’s Copra might seem like a knock-off of the Suicide Squad at first, but the series has evolved into a voice all its own. You probably can’t get individual issues in your store, but this trade collects what you’ve been missing out on.

Evil Empire #12 (BOOM! Studios) – I swear when I interviewed writer Max Bemis before the series launched it was going to be longer. But this is it in an oversized final issue. The series has focused on a President whose take over and brought pure chaos to the US. No idea how it’ll all wrap up in one final issue.

Imperium #3 (Valiant) – Speaking of crazy world leaders…. Valiant has taken on the concept of super human beings living in the real world head-on with this series which focuses on Toyo Harada attempting to bring about a Utopia, even if he has to fight and kill for it.


Top Pick: Grimm Fairy Tales White Queen #3 (Zenescope) – This miniseries has been compact and entertaining while also revealing some interesting bits of Calie’s past.  The promised White Queen versus Trickster battle looks pretty cool too.

Deep State #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The unexpected success of the first story arc drew many in and didn’t let them go.  It will be interesting to see what the creative time has lined up for an encore.

Jungle Girl Season 3 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A modern take on the jungle girl genre of the golden age.  This series doesn’t hold anything back in making the genre relevant to today’s readers.

Rebels #1 (Dark Horse) – This is a strange time and place for a comic book story to be set in (the American Revolutionary Wars), but it tells the first part of what seems like a compelling story.

Spider-Woman #6 (Marvel) – The reboot within a reboot was impressive enough.  It will be interesting to see where they take Jessica from here.


Review: The White Queen #2

WhiteQueen_AOD_02_cover BRolling out of the pages of Age of Darkness comes this unconventional entry into the Grimm Fairy Tales sagas.  The farther that the stories get away from the shared universe, the stronger that they tend to be, and that is the case here.  In the first issue, the Dark Queen was introduced into Calie’s world and despite her inability to control Wonderland she proved quite capable of controlling Calie.  After all it was only the Dark Queen that controlled the one thing that could kill Violet.  This second issue picks up from there, and while it doesn’t necessarily go in the direction that one might think, it still builds well in the path that it chooses.

Early into the issue, there is a strange recollection by Calie of a childhood dream where she met the Dark Queen.  This is a bit of retroactive continuity for a character that was made into the Queen of Wonderland more as an afterthought after her own struggles, but aside from this literary shortcut, the entire issue works well.  At one point the Trickster lines up a myriad of foes against Calie, but the battle is not shown, rather only the victorious cutaway afterwards.  While some might feel cheated out of the fight, it also fits in a difference sense, as the real fun in this story is when Calie manages to summon the spirits of the previous rulers of Wonderland, and the creative teams deserves credit specifically for its presentation of the Jabberwocky, both in the art but especially in the speech.

This is a short series, with the following issue being the last,but it has been unexpectedly entertaining in its relatively short run.  The character are not written for depth, but they don’t really need to be as they are well established elsewhere.  Instead it is the concept which drives the interest here, and it works.  It might not if it were drawn out longer, but in this shorter version, the miniseries manages a better focus.  By the end of this issue it is well set up for a showdown in the final issue and it looks equally as fun.

Story: Troy Brownfield Art: Luca Claretti
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Princess_Leia_1_Christopher_Action_Figure_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.


Top Pick: Descender #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s new series kicks off with a hell of a first issue. One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. It’s good…. really good.

Black Science #12 (Image Comics) – The alternate dimension spanning adventure brings excitement every single issue. The series is beyond fun, and anything can happen.

Imperium #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. But is it the right vision? Is he the right person to bring it? Valiant further explores a world where people with extraordinary power exists.

Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – The series about a housewife assassin has been damn near perfect with each issue. Just lots of fun and where it goes from here, should be interesting.

Transformers #38 and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 (IDW Publishing) – We’re heading towards Combiner Wars… yes please! IDW’s series has been absolutely amazing and deserves WAY more respect than it gets.


Top Pick: Princess Leia #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s newest wave of in-continuity Star Wars tales sees its third ongoing series launched with the new Princess Leia.  It should be an interesting series as it examines one of the more complex characters from the original trilogy.

Altered States: Vampirella (Dynamite) – Dynamite keeps expanding its non-shared universe with alternate reality stories. It might seem to be a strange move, but the potential for some cool genre mixing seems likely.

Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – This series has been added to the list of “guilty pleasures” of almost everyone that has read it.  It mixes unconventional genres into an engaging story.

Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – A redesign after only 4 issues?  Maybe a bit severe, but many fans were confused with the launch of the new series into the middle of the Spider-Verse.  We will see if Jessica Drew is too old to be “Batgirl-ed”

The White Queen #2 (Zenescope) – Zenescope once again proves that anything that Calie Liddle touches turns to gold.  Incorporating Wonderland into the confusing Age of Darkness has not slowed down this story, made better by the presence of the Trickster.


Top Pick: Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – Can’t wait for this relaunch. Great artist. Jessica Drew is one of my favorite characters yet no one has really done her justice in her solo book yet. I think this will be it.

Adventure Time Vol. 6 TPB (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Get it and share it with everyone.

All-New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) – The preview looks strong and the art in particular. Bold, graphic, not trashy. And everyone loves the Hawkeyes! Looks like a great jumping off point.

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #4 (Marvel) – Oooo pretty. Love her new warrior armor ad badass trans paramour and bard. Plus a guardians team up? Get it!

Saga #26 (Image Comics) – Every issue is a little masterwork. And every issue is leaving me hanging, obsessively thinking and worrying about what’s coming next. As you’ve probably noticed, this is the comic book to give to your friends who don’t read comics.


Top Pick: Bright Lights, Lonely Nights: The Memories of Serena, Porn Star Pioneer of the 1970’s (BearManor Adult) – This book would be interesting as a behind-the-scenes look at the 1970’s pornographic film industry, but the fact that it’s a first-hand account told by a liberated woman and one of its biggest stars make it a must-read.

Comics and Narration (University Press of Mississippi) – I’m feeling quite bookish this week so I’ll round out my list with this continuing study about comics and how and why they work the way they do. This looks like it could go to the wonky academic side of things but I like that stuff occasionally as long as it doesn’t get too abstract. Since this features examples of work by the likes of R. Crumb and company I expect I’ll be able to learn something new and be entertained at the same time. Good deal!

Drawing From Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art (University Press of Mississippi) – As I embark on my own comic series that contains semi-autobiographical content, Fretville, I look forward to reading this book to further my understanding of subjectivity in comic art.

Supernatural 200th Episode Buttons (ATA Boy) – I’ve watched Sam (Jared Padelecki) since Gilmore Girls and Dean (Jenson Ackles) since the earliest days of Smallville (wow, since the WB became the CW in fact!). A fan of Supernatural from the very beginning, I’d love to have some of these to put on my denim jacket or to pin on one of my handmade throw pillows.

Wolf Moon #4 (Vertigo) – I’m interested in wolves, werewolves, and wolf lore so I’m particularly drawn to this mysterious story about a seemingly indestructible wolf on the prowl.

Preview: The White Queen #1

The White Queen #1

(Mini-series) LAUNCH
Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Troy Brownfield
Written by Troy Brownfield
Art by Luca Claretti
Colors by Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters by Charles Pritchett
Edited by Nicole Glade
Price: $3.99
Release Date:  2/4/15

This story takes place between the events of Wonderland: Age of Darkness and Wonderland #26. From the amazing creative team from Grimm Fairy Tales vs Wonderland.

The Age of Darkness has descended and the four mystical realms surrounding Earth have since merged.  Calie Liddle, Wonderland’s White Queen, becomes a pawn in the Dark Queen’s ultimate plan.  Though she opposes those plans, Calie must do the Dark Queen’s bidding….if she wants her daughter’s life spared.

Wonderland enters the Age of Darkness!!

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