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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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: X-O Manowar #3 (Valiant) – Two words: Space Conan. More words: My favourite series from any publisher right now, this is a beautifully illustrated an fantastically written comic.

Rapture #1 (Valiant) – Another Valiant comic written by Matt Kindt? Just take my money.

Vile #2 (Study Group Comics) – Alright so this doesn’t come out this week, and is actually sat in my To-Read pile…. but I have every intention of reading Tyler Landry’s stream of consciousness style of story telling this week.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a  while since it sounds like it’ll touch on social issues that are prevalent today giving it all a new spin.

Saucer State #1 (IDW Publishing) – This was an awesome series when that last volume came out through Vertigo. Thankfully we get another conspiracy filled volume. Think the X-Files but the President is involved in the investigation. A solid mix of conspiracy and politics.

Batman/The Shadow #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue I was mixed on, but I’m really excited to see where this second one goes. It’s a team up of two classic characters that works so well together.

East of West #33 (Image Comics) – This series always delivers in a weird mix of the Wild West, political maneuvering and religious fervor.

Samaritan Veritas #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Spinning out of the Postal/Think Tank world of Top Cow is a new series focused on hacker looking to take down a corrupt President…

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Top Cow Announces Genius: Cartel

From writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman and rising-star artist Rosi Kampe, comes a sequel series that promises to set Destiny’s world—and ours—ablaze in Genius: Cartel. The five-issue story arc is set to launch from Top Cow this August.

In Genius: Cartel, 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye took on the LAPD in her South Central Siege and paid for it—not with her life, but with her freedom. Now, Destiny is sequestered in the Madrasa Institute, a government school for prodigies. But will she use her gifts to wage war at the military’s behest—or is she already planning another revolution?

Genius: Cartel #1 (Diamond Code JUN170655) hits stores on Wednesday, August 16th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, July 24th.

Review: Magdalena #1

Magdalena1Cover.pngIn Magdalena #1, writers Tini Howard and Ryan Cady, artist Christian DiBari, and colorist Mike Spicer dust off a nearly 20-year-old character from the Witchblade universe and give it a soft-ish reboot with style. Patience is a 32-year-old woman and happens to have the blood of Mary Magdalene, which allows her to wield the Spear of Destiny that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he hung on the cross. She uses this Spear to defend the Earth from demons, but isn’t on speaking terms with the Vatican, her old employers. Except her powers have been going wonky recently, and the spear and her abilities don’t have the same effect on evil as she used to be.

Howard, Cady, and DiBari bookmark Magdalena #1 with riveting action scenes featuring freaky demons and pyrotechnics from colorist Spicer, but do an even better job fleshing out the women behind the spear. Patience has been feeling the weight of her burden as the longest serving Magdalena in history and just the persistent crush of evil and institutions that do nothing about it. Howard and Cady’s dialogue for Patience is wry action hero one-liners, but their captions for her are more vulnerable and thoughtful. She is coming to a crossroads in her life, and maybe it’s time to pass her mantle on. Di Bari’s art helps with this as well with panels of wounds on Patience’s torso that are slow to heal as she falls into Logan with even more religious imagery mode and comes to grips with her own mortality.

And this is where Maya Dos Santos aka your new favorite Goth Latina skeptic mystical MagdalenaInterior.pngweapon wielder-in-training comes in. Her first scene in Magdalena #1 is an argument with her mother about religion and not going to Mass. However, Tini Howard and Ryan Cady don’t writer her like a Reddit/Bill Maher atheist and give her a nuanced view of religion. Maya wishes she could believe in a higher power, but sadly can’t. Maya has strong emotions and her passion as a character makes her endearing from the get-go as her long-suffering friend Shilpa deals with her from wanting to have fun at the club to pining for a boy and then back to feeling sad. They have an easy, self-aware banter with Shilpa being the more responsible one while still having fun.

His faces and inking style reminds me a lot of fellow Top Cow artist Stepjan Sejic (This is a compliment.), but Christian DiBari’s work in Magdalena #1 stands out when he indulges his taste for devilish horror. For example, Maya’s problematic crush Greg, who happens to be the host for the demon Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, starts retching and then his neck snaps when the demon takes over his body. The neck snap, and the gruesomely green vomit from DiBari and Spicer crosses the book from urban fantasy into horror territory and provides Maya with a rude awakening into the world of being a Magdalena as she must learn her new abilities while one of the most powerful demons is on the loose. I look forward to more slicing, dicing action from DiBari and Spicer like the first time Maya wields the Spear of Destiny and gets a surge of energy that almost pops up in the page.

Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, and Mike Spicer successfully reimagine a popular 90s character in Magdalena #1 by giving their two protagonist relatable feelings and personal issues to go along with the demon ass kicking. Maya is 19 and trying to become her own person when she gets drawn into a world of Christian symbolism and demons while Patience is having a midlife crisis on a cosmic level.

Patience and Maya’s doubts and flaws along with their grit and determination plus some cool action, demon designs, and general gore make Magdalena #1 worth picking up even if you’re like me and only knew Magdalena from a lyric from “I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes” by nerd rock band Kirby Krackle.

Story: Tini Howard and Ryan Cady Art: Christian DiBari Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Samaritan, From Matt Hawkins and Atilio Rojo in May

Fan-favorite writer Matt Hawkins and artist Atilio Rojo team up for an all-new, action-packed thriller from Top Cow/Image Comics in Samaritan. The new series is set to launch this May.

In Samaritan, a woman with a vendetta decides she’s going to take down the largest military contractor in the world and has the means and a plan that just might work. How do you bankrupt one of the richest, most technologically advanced and successful companies in the world? You steal all their research and give it away to everyone. Can she survive long enough to pull it off with the entire US government trying to kill her?

Samaritan #1 (Diamond Code MAR170694) hits stores on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.

Erotic Rom-Com Sunstone Gets Collected in Hardcover in March

Fan-favorite creator Stjepan Šejić will release the very first hardcover collection of his charmingly disarming BDSM romance series Sunstone this March from Image Comics/Top Cow Productions.

Two women deal with modern themes of sex, relationships, and fetishism in this erotic romantic comedy. So beware all who enter, because, to quote a few hundred thousand readers on DeviantArt: “I’m not into BDSM…but this story? I get it.”

Sunstone HC (Diamond code: DEC160781, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0150-4) will include the first three trade paperback volumes, plus extras. It will arrive in comic book stores on Wednesday, March 29th, and bookstores Tuesday, April 4th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 27th.

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Smash Hit Sci-Fi/Horror Series Eclipse Launches New Story Arc With Issue 5

Writer Zack Kaplan and artist Giovanni Timpano, joined by colorist Flavio Dispenza, will launch a new story arc in their ongoing series Eclipse this March from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions.

In a world where sunlight burns people alive, newly appointed Solarity agent David Baxter is recruited for a secret mission into the dangerous, sun-drenched wasteland. Meanwhile, a troubled Cielo decides to investigate her father’s company—and the mysterious origins of the killer who didn’t burn in the sunlight.

Eclipse #5 (Diamond code: JAN170688) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, February 20th.

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Image/Top Cow Launches Holy-Warrior Epic in Magdalena

Writer Tini Howard and artist Ryan Cady team up for the all-new series Magdalena, set to launch from Image/Top Cow this March.

Magdalena follows “The Magdalena” a powerful individual who has always defended the world from demonic evil, empowered by the blood of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in her veins. But when a brush with death leaves her gravely wounded, Patience decides to seek out the next in the bloodline and train her replacement. The replacement, meanwhile, is having enough trouble with finding her purpose even without the whole holy-warrior gig.

Howard and Cady put a fresh, contemporary spin on the popular Top Cow universe superheroine—known for her early appearances in The Darkness and Witchblade series—and introduce an adventure for new readers to enjoy.

Magdalena #1 (Diamond code: JAN170667) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 22nd. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, February 27th.

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Image and Top Cow Announce Dante: an Ink-Soaked Delight

Writer and Top Cow COO Matt Hawkins teams up with all-star artist Darick Robertson and co-writer Jason Ning for Dante, a gritty, supernatural thriller one-shot from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this January.

Dante was a family man with a wife and a young daughter—and also a top assassin working for an international crime syndicate. For two decades, he worked hard to keep those two lives separate. Manipulated into thinking he could retire with the syndicate’s blessing, Dante is betrayed. While fighting to save himself, he accidentally kills a young Asian boy—an act which changes him forever. Cursed, and covered with otherworldly tattoos, Dante embarks on a journey to uncover the source of this supernatural affliction, and to save his family.

Dante One-Shot hits comic book stores Wednesday, January 25th.

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Around the Tubes

britannia_001_cover-a_nordThe weekend is almost here! We’ll be spending it relaxing, at the National Book Festival, and getting ready for New York Comic Con which is in just a few short weeks.

While you await for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Advocate – Why Queer Characters in Comic Books Matter – A good read.

CBR – Top Cow’s Postal Getting a TV Adaptation at Hulu – A great series and this one will be really interesting.

CBR – DC Universe Online Announces Game-Changing Revamp – How many of you are still playing?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Britannia #1

Newsarama – Cyborg #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #3

Nothing But Comics – Karnak #5

Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Image Comics

The highly-anticipated, genre-bending crypto-noir series The Black Monday Murders by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker launched to critical-acclaim and overwhelming fan enthusiasm. Both the first and second issues are slated for third and second printing respectively in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code AUG168217), The Black Monday Murders #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168218), and The Black Monday Murders #3 (Diamond Code AUG160616) will be available on Wednesday, October 12th.

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Image Comics and Top Cow Productions have announced Eclipse #1 by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

The second issue hits shelves October 5th and the first issue’s 2nd printing comes out October 12th.

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Glitterbomb #1 by Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

The explosive new series is the story of Farrah Durante, a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. But the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture she’s drowning in isn’t the only problem—her frustrations are a powerful lure for something horrifying out beyond the water…something ready to strike.

The second printing comes to shelves October 12th.

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The hot new crime series Kill or Be Killed from bestselling creative team Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continues to fly off the shelves as the body count rises in each issue. Image Comics is thrilled to announce that the first and second issues are again being fast-tracked for third and second printings in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

Both new printings and the third issue will be out October 12th.

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Valiant

Following on the wake of 4001 A.D.’s massive conclusion, Valiant is proud to announce that 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 – featuring the first appearance of the 41st century’s next major hero – has sold out at the distributor level and will rocket back onto store shelves everywhere on October 12th with the 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 SECOND PRINTING! The newest groundbreaking power player starts here as writer Fred Van Lente and Valiant-exclusive superstar Tomas Giorello present War Mother’s baptism by fire with a standalone tale spiraling out of Rai’s cosmic rebellion with New Japan!

The new printing arrives October 12th.

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