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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!

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.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – BOOM! Studios is continuing the world of Adventure Time after the series finale. Marceline and Simon are reunited and Simon must make amends for his time as Ice King.

Appalachian Apocalypse #1 (Cave Pictures Publishing) – The spiritually focused comic line launches with this series and we’re intrigued to see how it is and if they can do for spiritual comics like has been done with religious focused films.

Avatar: Tsu Teys Path #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Avatar is a weird film and world that was such a breakthrough and didn’t go anywhere. Years later we’re getting sequels and it’ll be interesting to see how the comics build towards that.

The Batman Who Laughs #2 (DC Comics) – The breakout star of Dark Knights: Metal is back and he’s brought a friend. The first issue is solid and we’re so excited to see where this series goes.

Black Badge #6 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic so far with its twisted take on the Boy Scouts and spy type stories.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – We’re a bit mixed on this first issue but it’s nice to see Black Widow back in her own series and it eventually gets to an interesting place. There’s just enough fun moments to check this one out.

Conan the Barbarian #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this issue. A hell of a series debut for 2019.

Fantastic Four #6 (Marvel) – Last issue’s wedding actually happened! Now, we’ve got both Doctor Doom and Galactus to deal with. It’s old school Fantastic Four fun!

Goddess Mode #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a blend of tech/fantasy/magical girl and it worked really well. We want to see where it all goes in this second issue.

The Invaders #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 80 years with this series and more! The series focuses on the Invaders both in World War II and today as Namor has a plan that’s been brewing and Captain America, Bucky, and the original Human Torch need to stop him.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 (Marvel) – 31 years has gone by since this series first debuted and we’re as excited to get this in our hands as we were back then. Three solid short stories to entertain.

Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The end of “X-Men Disassembled” and it’s not what you think!

Review: Uncanny X-Men #9

In Uncanny X-Men #9, things are getting crazier as the X-Men attempt to battle Nate Grey, aka X-Man, who has taken over Legion’s body. Legion had trapped Grey and some of the younger X-Men in a version of the Age of Apocalypse in his mind. With the young X-Men freed that left Grey pissed and in a strong position.

The concept of X-Man taking over Legion’s body is an interesting one, creating an Omega level mutant squared. Writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson have delivered a cool concept in this issue. But, that concept also falls apart when you think about it.

Grey is pissed. The X-Men were willing to sacrifice kids to stop him. He sees them as rejecting the paradise he’s creating. This is not a bad thing and gives him some solid rage but, with so much power his attack is rather lame. Legion can rewrite reality. Nate is one of the most, if not the most, powerful telepaths on the planet. The combo should be able to rewrite existence in a second but he chooses not to. One can only conclude it’s either Legion fighting back or an attempt to ratchet up the action and drama.

And it’s most likely the latter as a lot of reinforcements are called in. There’s a one page spread of a hell of a lot of characters both known and some less known. This is setting up the ultimate showdown leading to whatever is next.

With so much action and so many characters thrown in, I wish I could say the art makes this a must have but overall, it’s just so-so. There’s nothing particularly bad about the art, it’s just not quite the quality we’ve seen from others on this series. The weekly timeline has hurt things when it comes to that. Yildiray Cinar handles the art with Rachelle Rosenberg on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering and it’s ok. There are some great moments, an example is Armor using her power in a new and interesting way. Visually it’s great. But, you can see where things get ho-hum in that last page spread of the reinforcements. The framing of the panel with so much space is questioning and there’s just an outright lack of details in some ways.

This issue has me excited to see what happens next but also has me trying not to think about it too much. There’s some summer movie popcorn moments delivered but it’s essentially one giant fight scene with little else. My teenage self would have loved that but the adult me wants a bit more from my reading. The ok visuals don’t help matters either. While it’s not a bad issue at all, a fine addition to the overall story, it also isn’t one that you’ll likely feel satisfied with on its own. It’s a piece of the larger puzzle in which case it passes but on its own, that’s a debatable grade.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Yildiray Cinar Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Uncanny X-Men #8

Uncanny X-Men #8

From the Age of Apocalypse to the end of the X-Men…and the dawn of the AGE OF X-MAN???

After the last issue detour which took us to the Age of Apocalypse, things are explained a bit better in Uncanny X-Men #8. The previous issue was a bit disjointed missing some key information and it’s this issue that lays things out a bit better putting the previous into better context. It’s an example where comics need to be judged by single issues as well as complete arcs.

Writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson return us to Earth Prime where the debate that raged last issue continues with the rest of the X-Men. With the younger X-Men trapped with X-Man, is it worth sacrificing them to stop the greater threat? It’s an interesting debate, just like last issue and it’s a bit surprising who does what to resolve the issue.

The issue is a good mix of that moral debate along with the crazy you can expect in an X-Men comic, along with action… like a battle with Apocalypse!? Yeah, things are ramped up this issue leading us closer to the coming Age of X-Man. It’s a bit clearer by the end of this issue how that might come about.

The art too is improved. R.B. Silva delivers the pencils with Adriano Di Benedetto on ink, Rachelle Rosenberg on color, and Joe Caramagna handling the lettering. Silva, and the team’s, style really fits the issue and the action within. There’s a lot packed in with a lot to cover and different concepts and it all works really well. Apocalypse looks fantastic and Bishop too stands out as just looking like his old bad-ass self.

The issue is an improvement over last issue’s side quest and it gets the event back on track. Again, this is a prime example of having to judge the individual issue as well as the arc it’s a part of of. It lifts the previous issue and itself stands out as an action focused chapter of the event. Uncanny X-Men #8 feels like old-school X-Men and ups the excitement for what comes next.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: R.B. Silva Ink: Andriano Di Benedetto

Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Uncanny X-Men #7

UNCANNY X-MEN #7

X-Man (aka Nate Grey) is dying and he’s determined to make the world a better place and bring about peace. The main X-Men have opposed him and were quickly subdued by Grey. All that was left was the teenage X-Men of Armor, Glob, Rockslide, and Pixie. Instead of using brute force, they attempted to appeal to X-Man but Legion did what he does and banished all of them to the Age of Apocalypse.

Uncanny X-Men #7 focuses completely on the X-kids in the Age of Apocalypse with months passed since they’ve been banished. How are they to get home? That’s their mission.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson, this issue is an interesting one in this X-event. It feels a bit disconnected from the previous issue where they were banished but also is a rather vital one. It’s vital in that Rosenberg, Thompson, and Brisson use it to explore what it means to be a hero. The kids are trying to get home but are also split in how to deal with X-Man. If they kill him here, they save the world and might sacrifice their only hope in getting home. If they use him to get home, they may be dooming their world. It’s an interesting debate and drives home some of the philosophical differences between them and even their older teachers.

The art by Pere Pérez with color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Joe Caramagna is decent but it’s really about the new designs of these characters. It’s never quite explained why they’ve changed, we just go with it, but it’s an edgier version that fits this new world. It’d make a bit more sense if this was the end result of their months of battling and surviving but the last issue showed that’s not the case. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if these designs carry over when they eventually return to the main world.

The issue is a little disjointed in that it just throws you into the chaos and you need to really put the pieces together but by the issue’s end it winds up being one that really focuses on the direction and morals of the younger X-Men and how those differ from their older members. There’s a stark difference here and one that may be experience and age as is presented. It’s an interesting direction to take and hopefully one that’s explored more in the coming months and years.

Story Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Pere Pérez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Bone Parish #5

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.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Bone Parish #5 (BOOM! Studios) – A mix of horror and crime, there’s a drug on the street made up from corpses. The series has been excellent so far and if you missed out on the first four issues, there’s a comic shop exclusive trade out today as well.

Die! Die! Die! #6 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – Over the top ultra-violence in comic form. We haven’t seen this issue yet because (redacted).

Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel) – It’s a fantastic wedding! No seriously, the wedding actually happens! It’s an oversized issue but just nails the perfect FF vibe.

Go-Bots #2 (IDW Publishing) – Creator Tom Scioli rocks it in everything he does and he’s just bringing us back to our childhoods by taking on this “also ran” of transforming robot toys.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #2 (Dark Horse) – There’s a movie out in 2019 and you might as well get into the Hellboy action now! These “year” series have been exploring the earlier adventuers of Hellboy and have been a lot of fun so far. There’s so little out this week, you should also grab the first issue too.

Man-Eaters #4 (Image Comics) – It’s standalone story that’s an entry point for those new to the series.

Mars Attacks #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack.

Marvel Action: Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing/Marvel) – IDW is taking on the classic Marvel poperty with this new series aimed at younger readers.

Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Picking up from Spider-Geddon, Doc Ock is again the Superior Spider-Man, attitude and all.

Uncanny X-Men #7 (Marvel) – X-Men Disassembled has been a fun event so far with lots of call backs to classic X moments and a vibe that’s straight out of the 90s.

X-Force #1 (Marvel) – X-Force is back and they’re pissed. On the hunt for Kid Cable, Kid Cable has a mission of his own. Action. Humor. Violence. It’s all there as only X-Force can deliver.

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #7

Uncanny X-Men #7

(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Pere Perez (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES!
Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!

Review: Uncanny X-Men #6

Uncanny X-Men #6

Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the Age of Apocalypse? 

The rollercoaster ride of a return continues in Uncanny X-Men #6 which has the team confronting X-Man and his Horsemen of Salvation multiple times. It’s clear the X-Men are overwhelmed as writers Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, and Kelly Thompson deliver an issue that has them stumbling for their next move, questioning their present ones, and rushing in fighting (their usual).

There’s not much thought here but the issue has some heart and interesting ramifications as Archangel has been released and he’s pissed by that fact. Is he friend? Is he foe? Is he somewhere in between? This issue gives us sort of answers and a whole lot of questions to this and more.

We also get a better idea of what X-Man is doing what he’s doing and what his vision is which again emphasizes this concept of whether his attempts to bring peace are truly villainous. Does he have the right idea but the wrong method? We’ll see but it’s an interesting concept that echoes Thanos’ ideas in Infinity War.

We also continue to see the divide in generations here and it’s hopefully something that has lasting ramifications. To me, that’s the most interesting aspect of the series so far and something that’s long overdue and welcome.

The art by Yildiray Cinar, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and lettering by Joe Caramagna is solid. There’s a lot covered here and the team has a style that feels serene in a religious way despite the action. The visual tone has an “all will be well” aspect to it matching X-Man’s attitude. It’s interesting how the visuals are setting that as this could easily be darker and ominous like the recent Extermination. The stark difference between the two stories is fascinating.

This is another solid chapter of the epic event and one that has twists and turns and an ending that really is going to shake things up. Between this event and Extermination we’re given two events that are setting the X-Men in a new course correcting direction that harkens back to the classics and delivering something new and exciting.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Yildiray Cinar Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.99 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #6

Uncanny X-Men #6

(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA)
Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES!
Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!

Uncanny X-Men #6

Review: Uncanny X-Men #5

Uncanny X-Men #5

Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the Age of Apocalypse? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!

The X-Men are confused and doing what they can to protect individuals and stop the chaos X-Man is causing. But, what’s X-Man really thinking? Uncanny X-Men #5 reveals a bit more of what’s going on and why he’s kidnapped the individuals he has. Again, it’s an interesting twist to this event which gives a new spin on some old themes.

Writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson have put together a story where you need to question what evil truly is. X-Man wants to create a world of peace, much like Apocalypse, and the two are coming from different directions to do just that. But, is X-Man evil? Is his act of peace an act of war? It’s an interesting concept and the trio make it more so with the echoes of a classic such as “Age of Apocalypse.”

They also up the desperation of this issue. We really feel like the odds are against the X-Men here as they go up against Magneto and Warren and the end of the issue delivers a hell of a turn with a nice horror tinge to it.

All of this is delivered with solid art by R.B. Silva, with ink by Adriano Di Benedetto, color by Rachelle Rosenberg, and lettering by Chris Eliopoulos. There’s a lot packed into this issue with some panels filled with characters and while there’s some slip of detail here and there, overall, it’s a solid issue where the art helps convey the emotion and desperation. Then there’s that last page… the team nailed it.

This is a good issue. It’s the moment of desperation of our heroes as they struggle to figure out what to do. The event continues a slight throwback vibe to it all that’s a nice welcome back for the Uncanny X-Men.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: R.B. Silva Ink: Adriano Di Benedetto
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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