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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Absolute Carnage #4 (Marvel) – The event has been going strong and we really want to see where it all goes as it gets bigger and bigger as far as characters involved.

Crazy #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 80 years of Marvel with this bit of a throwback comic.

Killswitch #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The concept kind of sounds like Minority Report but the idea of clairvoyants looking to escape captivity still sounds interesting enough to check out.

Marked #1 (Image Comics) – A double-sized premiere about a secret order that protects the world by using their tattooed powers.

The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask #1 (Dark Horse) – The Mask is back with what sounds like a timely political spin to it.

Metal Men #1 (DC Comics) – The classic characters get a twelve issue miniseries and picks up on Nth Metal and the Dark Multiverse. We’re intrigued.

Once & Future #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora have been killing it with this modern fantasy series. Great action and great characters with an interesting twist.

Robotech Remix #1 (Titan Comics) – The next step in the Robotech franchise. We’re excited to see what Brenden Fletcher does with it!

Something is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Children dying in towns seems to be a big “genre” now but this series stands out with it’s delivery on the topic. Just a solid mix of mystery and horror.

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve wanted to read this since it was announced. The series is inspired by the famous 1940s radio serial.

Superman: Year One #3 (DC Comics) – Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman wraps up and after a gonzo and cringey second issue…

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman Knightfall #1 (DC Comics) – DC launches a new line of comics that takes major DC events and shows us the Dark Multiverse take on them. We’re excited for all of this.

Trees: Three Fates #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue returned us to the world of “Trees” but that aspect seems to not matter as much. Three Fates is more murder mystery than sci-fi weirdness but with a unique setting and solid pacing, it’s a must for those that enjoy that type of story.

X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Dawn of X launches!

Review: Trees: Three Fates #1

Trees: Three Fates #1

There’s not a whole lot I remember about Warren Ellis and Jason Howard‘s Trees. There’s big giant structures from space that landed on Earth but that was about it. Trees: Three Fates #1 is set in that world and while the first issue is interesting it could stand on its own.

The setting is one of the more intriguing things about this debut issue. There’s the alien structures but also that it takes place in a remote Russian village of Toska. But settings are different but so far don’t stand out as vital. On its own, Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid start to a whodunnit set in a remote town. What’s interesting is the location becomes a bit of a distraction as I found myself wondering why it all matters to the story.

And the story? A body is found at the base of a Tree and the question is who is the individual and who killed them? It’s pretty simple but the cast of characters is what makes the comic stand out. While none are “character of the year” material, they all have their quirks and small details that adds depth. There’s clear thought as to what’s presented, said, and shown.

Some of those details are in Howard’s art. Along with Dee Cunniffe‘s colors, the town feels rundown and isolated and a bit behind the times. Despite cell phones there’s a shortage of diesel and even with solar power an animal’s sleeping habit can cause issues. The mix of the dialogue and art paint an interesting location and town.

Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid read that can be enjoyed even if unfamiliar with the world of Trees. It’s a basic murder mystery with a unique location and setting but it’s the details and characters that make it stand out.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letters: Fonografiks
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:
Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Trees Returns with “Three Fates” this September

Image Comics has revealed interior pages from the upcoming return of bestselling science-fiction series, Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard and in stores this September.

The five-issue story arc, “Three Fates“, is set in the remote Russian village of Toska. There’s a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything—nor what awaits her in the Tree’s shadow.

Trees: Three Fates #1 (Diamond Code JUL190094) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 19.

Trees: Three Fates #1

Around the Tubes

ntw_cv5_dsIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you all looking forward to? Anything you’re really excited for? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – Nahed Hattar Assassinated Before Start of Cartoon Blasphemy Trial in Jordan – Free speech doesn’t exist everywhere. It’s important to always remember that.

CBR – Mark Millar Wants John Cena For Superior Film – Who would you want?

Newsarama – First-Ever Jewish Comic Con Coming To Brooklyn – Very cool!

Newsarama – Iron Fist Writer Joins Hulu’s Runaways – Interesting.

The Beat – Trees looks to be headed to live-action via NBCUniversal – Nice! This is a great comic series.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Aliens: Life and Death #1 (of 4)

Nothing But Comics – Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

The Herts Advertiser – Daredevil: Supersonic

Talking Comics – Nightwing #5

Talking Comics – The Vision #11

Preview: Trees #10

Trees #10

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150682
Published: June 17, 2015

CONTINUING THE SECOND TREES STORY, “TWO FORESTS.” The new mayor of New York City has a plan, and it involves the drowned Downtown area. Dr. Jo Creasy doesn’t have a plan at all, and that’s why she’s been dropped into the remote Orkney Islands in search of something that might end the world.

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Preview: Trees #9

Trees #9

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150512
Published: May 20, 2015

Beginning the second TREES story, “Two Forests.” The Orkney Tree, set among the standing stones of that remote island, seems almost like it was always meant to be there. But, following the events in Svalbard, it could be nothing but a vast unexploded bomb. Across the Atlantic, there is a new mayor in New York City, who grew up under the shadow of the Manhattan Tree. And he might be the bigger threat.

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Preview: Trees #8

Trees #8

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140770
Published: January 7, 2015

Something is happening. There are shadows in the Chinese city of Shu, shadows falling across Cefalu and Puntland, and shadows crawling across the snows of Svalbard. Things are getting darker.

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Preview: Trees #7

Trees #7

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140758
Published: November 26, 2014

Chenglei’s life is changing so quickly, under the shadow of the tree over Shu, that he doesn’t know if he can keep up with it. He’s worried that he’s running headlong into something awful. He has no idea what’s really waiting for him in the dark at the end of the line.

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Preview: Trees #6

Trees #6

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140687
Published: October 15, 2014

Blindhail Station is a research post on Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean, where observers have been watching a Tree since it landed ten years earlier. Out here, out of sight of the world, something is changing. And it’s going to change everything.

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Review: Trees #5

Trees, a new Image series from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, has been nothing short of interesting to follow thus far. I am not just referring to the unique story about seemingly banal trees that attached themselves to Earth from outer space, causing mass hysteria, but also to the ups and downs in quality. The series started out incredibly strong, poetically pulling one in through engrossing storytelling, and then the second issue came off as rather dull, for examples. Issue #5 is a good issue with especially captivating updates on threads that focus on individuals but sometimes boring beats on the larger picture.

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The best piece of Trees continues to be the escapades of the sheepish young artist, and this issue is his best showing yet. He finds himself in a shocking situation that allows the book to expertly display the fascinating culture Ellis has developed throughout that setting. Another highlight of the issue centers upon a young woman and her attempts to learn proper combat skills, compelling for similar reasons. The old man mentoring her comes off as a great combination of creepy, noble and intelligent, offering solid characterization. The small, intimate looks at specific characters are where this book shines.

While important for forming the larger narrative at hand, the parts of this issue that instead decide to use characters as a window into bigger concepts find themselves as less enjoyable. Things get harder to understand, feeling borderline confusing at times. It all serves for the main storyline in a way that makes sense, but it just isn’t exciting either. While certainly always interesting, when there isn’t some confusion there is bound to be some boredom.

The art work is completely free of boredom, this issue providing the strongest showing since the debut. The biggest improvement found in this issue in regards to the visuals is the more interesting playing around with colors. Certain pages towards the end find themselves drenched in a certain color, making for a cooler comic to look at. As always, the scratchy, rough composition lends itself to the gloom of the situation while the slight hint of stylistic cuteness keeps things partially light and fun.

What readers are left with is a good comic that adds to an incredibly intriguing comic book. The one thing that can definitely be said of Trees is that one never knows what to expect, in terms of quality and content. This fifth issue comes out a winner, but not a gold medalist.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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