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Review: Ginseng Roots #5

Ginseng Roots continues to explore creator Craig Thompson‘s life. This issue pivots a bit adding in the history of the region and more about the history of ginseng. It’s educational and eye-opening.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

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Uncivilized Books
Zeus Comics

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ash & Thorn #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Ash & Thorn #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an unlikely champion of Earth. The series seems to be having fun with expectations and tropes from that genre with a nice mix of humor to it.

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been doing some top-notch work when it comes to this pocket of stories and this return to the world is full of dread and heartbreak… and that’s just the first issue!

Eat and Love Yourself (BOOM! Studios) – Magic chocolate allows a young woman to revisit her past. The concept sounds really intriguing and creative.

Eight-Lane Runaways (Fantagraphics) – A new graphic novel about the world of running with a magical twist. We’re still not quite sure what this one’s about but the cover and description text has us wanting to find out more.

Empyre: Fantastic Four #0 (Marvel) – The first zero issue to come out of this anticipated event was solid and we’re excited to see what else is to come. What went from a shrug is now very intriguing.

Ginseng Roots #5 (Uncivilized Books) – One of the best comics out right now, Craig Thompson explores growing up in the world of ginseng.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press) – Tom Scioli’s biography of the great Jack Kirby.

Join the Future #3 (AfterShock) – This future western explores the idea of modernization and the exploitation that comes with it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The twist of the first issue was predictable but we really want to see where this noir/mystery goes.

Quantum & Woody #4 (Valiant) – The first three issues have been a whole lot of fun and we’re expecting the same from this finale.

Strange Academy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun and we’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the series. Think young magic users at a school set in the Marvel universe.

Review: An Iranian Metamorphosis

AN IRANIAN METAMORPHOSIS

When it comes to the plight of refugees worldwide, it is sad to say that the general public doesn’t have a good understanding of the situation. It was very disheartening to hear that the ideals we stand on, to help those who can’t help themselves, has become one of self idolization and overwhelming xenophobic paranoia. Nevertheless, this is not isolated to our country but is a far too common worldwide perspective, refugees are more a nuisance than people who fear for their safety.

Every country has their own agendas and their own unique problems leading refugees to flee to certain countries and avoiding others. The journey for most of them is perilous and is often met with hostility everywhere they go. This is truly the contrast between first and third world problems. There are those to choose to see it and others who don’t because it doesn’t affect them. In Mana Neyestani’s brilliant and harrowing An Iranian Metamorphosis he documents and contextualizes the plight of these refugees in this searing collection of his vaunted comic strip.

We’re taken to 2006 Turkey, where a young Mana is learning his trade, under the guise of a hardened editor, one that would make him both a skilled storyteller and master soothsayer.  In the first chapter, he would find out what it is to come under fire for telling the truth in his comic strips while working for a local newspaper in Tehran. In the second chapter, his comic strips would not only catch the attention of the authorities but would also lead him to be jailed for it. In the third chapter, he found out about the lengths that the government would go to extract the truth, which is where we find out about the days of torture he would endure. In the fourth and fifth chapters, violence and media censorship would start to rise, even without Mana’s influence and even though he was not directly involved, his sentence would be extended. In the sixth, he and his friend, Mehdrad would be put into solitary confinement together, facing endless days together, imagining a world going on without them, as if they were shipwrecked, but before it could get any worse, Mehdrad gets sick. In the seventh chapter, he would get sent to a new section for white crimes, where he was given a new name and identity, where Mana makes a discovery by happenstance. In the eighth and ninth chapters,  Mana and Mehdrad would make new friends/acquaintances, in jail for nonviolent crimes, but some, were mentally disturbed,  and some were just drug addicts, who suffered from withdrawals nightly.  In the tenth and eleventh chapters, he would get a 10-day pass from jail, where he and his wife would seek asylum with the French embassy and on a whim would fly to Dubai, never to see his family ever again.  In the twelfth and thirteenth chapters, he would endure a new reality in Dubai, as his asylum case would be called into question by the French, leaving him and his wife in limbo. In the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters, they would venture to Kuala Lumpur, as their hopes lie in suspension until the French Embassy made a determination and eventually to China, where they would be arrested for counterfeit passports. In the sixteenth and last chapters, they finally regained their identities and their records expunged, to live a free life in Malaysia.

Overall, an excellent graphic novel which shows just how stressful and dangerous it is be a refugee. The story by Neyestani is searing and affecting. The art by Neyestani is gorgeous. Altogether, an important story that shows the impact of empathy.

Story: Mana Neyestani Art: Mana Neyestani
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.89 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ginseng Roots #2

Comic creator Craig Thompson continues to explore his life entwined with ginseng as the second issue gets meta about creating a comic about his own life.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Uncivilized Books
TFAW

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Review: For Real #1

For Real #1 dives into the life of Jack Kirby juxtaposing his cancer diagnosis with his time during World War II. Also featured is an essay about the comic great.

Story: James Romberger
Art: James Romberger

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Uncivilized Books

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

For Real #1

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.

Black Stars Above #1 (Vault Comics) – Set in 1887, the series follows a gil who flees her trapper family that’s overbearing to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbors a cosmic threat.

Dollhouse Family #1 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics) – We’re intrigued where more of Joe Hill’s currated line of comics is going.

Fallen Angels #1 (Marvel) – The initial line-up of Dawn of X debuts and it’s an intriguing one.

Family Tree #1 (Image Comics) – The fact Jeff Lemire, Phil Hester, and Eric Gapstur is behind this should be enough. The story focused on a family’s journey to find a cure for their daughter who’s turning into a tree.

Far Sector #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – A new Green Lantern tale from Gerard Way’s imprint? We’re very intrigued.

Folklords #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Matt Kindt and Matt Smith team up for a new series which flips the fantasy/real world dynamic.

For Real #1 (Uncivilized Books) – Jack Kirby fights two battles in two ears. The first is cancer and the other is World War II.

Ginseng Roots #2 (Uncivilized Books) – Craig Thompson’s series of comics about his life picking ginseng is unique with some amazing art.

La Voz De Mayo Rambo (Image Comics) – The history of Ramon Jaurigue, an orphan and WWII veteran who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe.

Science Comics: Skyscrapers (First Second) – This series of graphic novels is fantastic. It both entertains and educates.

Review: Ginseng Roots #1

Creator Craig Thompson reflects on his childhood working in the ginseng fields of Wisconsin.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Uncivilized Books

Uncivilized Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

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.

Batman’s Grave #1 (DC Comics) – Warren Ellis takes on Batman with Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowland on art.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 (IDW Publishing) – The original Karate Kid is told from Johnny’s perspective. Sounds entertaining to us as we’re fans of the film series.

Dead Legends Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – The publisher is putting out premier editions of their comics which then switch to digital releases or a trade after. We’re intrigued if this new release method works and if this first issue would get us interested in continuing with that sort of release.

Ginseng Roots #1 (Uncivilized Books) – Craig Thompson recounts his life of harvesting ginseng from ages 10 to 20.

Hellmouth #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Angel and Buffy crossover in an event that already is selling out!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1 (DC Comics) – The latest DC Black Label comics is another Joker/Harley Quinn story and we’re intrigued how, and if, this one will be original to stand out.

RWBY #1 (DC Comics) – The popular anime gets a series from DC. How this will differ from the manga already released will be interesting.

Powers of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Universe wraps up.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 (AfterShock) – The largest retailer in the world requires the best loss prevention staff and they defend things at any and all costs.

Smedley (Dead Reckoning) – The graphic novel is a solid introduction to the military hero and his rather interesting life of service and advocacy.

Spawn #301 (Image Comics) – The comic breaks a record for ongoing superhero series with this issue and that history-making fact is why it’s on our list.

Review: One Dirty Tree

Noah Van Sciver‘s graphic memoir exploring his life as a child juxtaposed with his turning 30. It’s a fascinating look into his family life including his Mormon upbringing.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle

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