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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

INFERNO #4

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.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (DC Comics) – Having to deal with the inmates who escaped Arkham on “A day”, this series has been a tense thriller.

Bad Kitty for President (Roaring Brook Press) – It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! We’re new to this line of books but what we’ve read so far is fantastic. They’re both entertaining and educational with great lessons for kids (and adults).

Dark Knights of Steel #3 (DC Comics) – The fantasy setting for the DC universe has been interesting so far with shocking moments that have kept us entertained and wanting to see what’s next. A fantastic “elseworlds” type story.

Fourth Man #1 (AWA Studios) – Three dead bodies lay in a rural morgue – all murdered in the span of three weeks. It’s up to two detectives from opposite sides of the tracks to determine who put them there. Yeah, we’re game for this.

Inferno #4 (Marvel) – This is it! Jonathan Hickman’s era for the X-Men ends here and we have no idea how it’s going to wrap up.

Monkey Meat #1 (Image Comics) – Juni Ba has impressed us with everything done so far, so we’re excited for this anthology series from the creator.

Nocterra Special (Image Comics) – The book of Blacktop Bill! It’s origin of the mysterious villain.

One-Star Squadron #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had us laughing at this series that looks at the “also ran” heroes and their agency to help people.

So Far So Good (Centrala) – The story of the Mann brothers and their band waging guerilla war against the Communist regime in the early 1950s could be the most dramatic Czech tale of the 20th century.

West #1 (Uncivilized Comics) – Farmers uncover a conspiracy when they discover something in the depths of a tech corporation.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Venom #1

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.

Amazing Spider-Man #78 (Marvel) – “Beyond” has been a fantastic new storyline that has put Ben Reilly front and center and taken the series in an interesting direction.

Eternals #7 (Marvel) – Thanos is now in charge of the Eternals in this jumping-on point.

Ginseng Roots #9 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson returns after a break to further dive into his childhood and growing up in the world of ginseng.

Mazebook #3 (Dark Horse) – This series follows a father who lost his daughter but is convinced she’s still out there, at the end of the maze in front of him.

My Date With Monsters #1 (AfterShock) – Dreams are now stalking the real world and Risa Harumi finds herself fighting monsters and finding true love.

Phenomx #1 (Image Comics) – A new comic series from John Leguizamo, we’re intrigued where this former prisoner who undergoes an experiment story goes.

The Recount (Scout Comics) – A controversial election. A nation split. An armed uprising. The series is collected and hits a bit too close to home.

Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’re always up for a solid conspiracy.

Robin & Batman #1 (DC Comics) – The early years of Batman and Robin from the perspective of Dick Grayson. It’s amazing.

The Thing #1 (Marvel) – We’re a sucker for stories staring The Thing.

Undiscovered Country #17 (Image Comics) – This series has kept us on our toes with every issue and we seriously have no idea where it’s going with each issue.

Venom #1 (Marvel) – Coming off an epic run, a new creative team is no onboard the series and we want to see what else can be done with this character who has become a pretty big player in the Marvel Universe.

What’s the Furthest Place From Here #1 (Image Comics) – This one is fantastic and the less we say, the better. Go out and get it, but hurry as we’re expecting it to sell out quickly.

Review: Ginseng Roots #8

Ginseng Roots #8

When it come sot fulfilling your promise, it is never more ingrained than in immigrant families. My own family, came with their own set of challenges, and those pressures transferred to their children, me and my cousins. We were often told to either go to medicine or law. Like many families but it feels as though they had the pressures of the “old country” on us. The audacity of hoping for a better life for you, your family and maybe, being part of this “American dream”, is what pushes so many of us to do better.

It is often in that push to do better than those who came before, that the struggle of living within the “hyphen” becomes suddenly apparent. As it is usually the generation who is born into the new country, who finds themselves often conflicted. They are both a child of immigrants and someone born to this nation they have always known as their home. In Ginseng Roots #8, Craig Thompson takes a look at a particular Hmong family and find out just how important legacy is.

Within this issue we find about Chua and Chua’s family, as we soon find out how the cultural differences lead to his father being named Abraham, because the Mennonites who lived there, never anyone who was not white, but eventually adopted the name for religious reasons and also, to assimilate. Chua would work the fields with his Dad every day after school, but after Junior year, he would drop out,  and he would eventually take over the family business, as that became all he knew. By the issue’s end, we get a full exploration of who Chua is and just how important his Dad, Abraham, was to him and to this community.

Overall, Ginseng Roots #8 is an issue which will remind many Minari, but is much more heartfelt, because this true story. The story by Thompson is authentic. The art by Thompson is incredible. Altogether, Chua’s journey shows sometimes legacy finds its way to you.

Story: Craig Thompson Art: Craig Thompson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


Purchase: Zeus ComicsUncivilized Books

Review: Ginseng Roots #6

Ginseng Roots #6

The older I get, the more I appreciate my surroundings. When I say surroundings, I especially mean working in my garden. When I see my neighbors work in their gardens as well, I often ponder the meaning of life in my solace. This is usually where I come up with some great ideas for stories and even books, as I frequently find something I truly come to endear, peace.

As I watch my plants and grass grow, the fruits and vegetables come to bear. Often in writing, we like to compare the seasons to growing up. As cliché as it is, it’s so very true. You can even compare it to raising children as time is all you have in abundance and in short supply. In Ginseng Roots #6, Craig Thompson gives readers a fascinating parallel, where we see the ginseng grow, as he grows up.

We find the Thompson siblings working the ginseng gardens, as we get a quick and dirty lesson in the stratification process, one that resembles their eagerness for the school year to end. As Thompson guides the reader through their home life, and how each individual Thompson sibling was treated, where they endured strict discipline from their father and they had one on one time with their mother and their collective love of books. He also goes onto giving the reader a lesson in how the sterilization procedure and interestingly compares it to when he and his siblings being baptized, as the family becomes even more tethered to the church, Craig starts seeing just how they demonize things they don’t understand. By the issue’s end, Thompson’s parents because of the church’s influence, make the decision that secular education is sinful, dividing the siblings for the first time in their lives.

Overall, Ginseng Roots #6 is a very personal issue that gives the reader more insight into the dynamics of the Thompson family. The story by Thompson is authentic. The art by Thompson is spectacular. Altogether, Thompson makes you feel like you are eavesdropping but makes you feel right at home with the Thompsons.

Story: Craig Thompson Art: Craig Thompson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


Purchase: Uncivilized BooksZeus Comics

Review: Ginseng Roots #3

Ginseng Roots #3

As a fan of Star Wars, what I loved about the books before Lucasfilm Story Group was that they filled those gaps. Many of the books that came between the original trilogy and when they were bought by Disney were monumental. As it brought to life those characters in ways not even the current canon has satisfied. My favorite being Heir To The Empire.

What I also loved were the comics that came from Dark Horse. One of the immensely heralded comics was Dawn Of The Jedi. As it introduced to first ones to be called as such, and how their pillars of faith came into being. As the book answered all those questions, us Star Wars nerds wanted to know.  In Ginseng Roots #3, Craig Thompson does the same, answering those questions about why the world has come to depend on this particular root for all its needs.

Thompson dives into the metaphysical origins of the root, introducing us to the # Sovereigns, in Chinese mythology, relaying the legend of Shennong and how the Father Of Medicine discovered its purpose. We also find out about “Ginseng Hunters:, who would  scavenge forests for this “God root”, as it enhance one’s own “Qi ( life force) . We also find Craig back home, enjoying all its comforts, as we get a front row seat at the International Ginseng Festival.  By issue’s end, Thompson gives us a concise history of the root and even gives a mini solo adventure, with his brother, Phil.

Overall, Ginseng Roots #3 is a special issue that educates the reader. The story by Thompson is genuine. The art by Thompson is outstanding. Altogether, Thompson gives the reader, a complete rundown of why this root is important.   

Story: Craig Thompson Art: Craig Thompson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ginseng Roots #8

Ginseng Roots continues to explore creator Craig Thompson‘s life. This issue continues the focus on the Vang family and their connection to Thompson’s world, ginseng, and Vietnam.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

Get your copy 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.

Zeus Comics
Uncivilized Books

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Recount #1

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.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Bad City is an Iranian ghost town filled with prostitutes, junkies, and pimps, and other sordid souls. A lonely vampire, The Girl, stalks the town’s inhabitants. The concept and unique location have us intrigued to find out more.

Children of the Grave #1 (Scout Comics) – Earth has been reset and the populace lives in bliss receiving all they need from “Providers”. One person wants to find out the truth.

Dead Day #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing at building its world where the dead return for a night.

Frank At Home On the Farm #1 (Scout Comics) – Frank returns from World War I to find his family missing and only the animals waiting for him.

Ginseng Roots #7 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson’s exploration of his childhood and ginseng continues. Absolutely amazing work.

Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The debut really surprised us and has us excited to read more. It’s a great update to the classic character while honoring what has come before.

The Recount #1 (Scout Comics) – A President is assassinated and the conspirators turn their sites into those who helped get him into power… and that includes ordinary citizens who got him elected. The nation is on the brink of chaos and civil war.

Rorschach #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The Watchmen follow up had an intriguing start and works better as a straight-up crime/noir/political mystery than Watchmen. We want to see where it goes from its debut and how it all unravels.

Snowpiercer: The Prequel Part 2: Apocalypse (Titan Comics) – The story of how the world plunged into a frozen tundra is revealed.

We Live #2 (AfterShock) – The debut had us in literal tears and we’re excited to dive into more of this world. It’s the end of humanity and children are heading to a pick up point to get off the planet and hopefully survive.

Review: Ginseng Roots #6

Ginseng Roots continues to explore creator Craig Thompson’s life. This issue is an interesting layered look at the religious institutions in Thompson’s life and some poetic comparisons between Biblical versus and the life cycle of ginseng.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

Get your copy 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
Zeus Comics

Uncivilized Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ginseng Roots #6

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.

Batman: Three Jokers #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – After a long build up and teases, the first issue is here and it’s…. interesting.

Displacement (First Second) – A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother’s experiences in a WWII-era Japanese internment camp.

Flamer (Henry Holt) – Aiden heads to summer camp and navigates his feelings about being gay.

Ginseng Roots #6 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson continues to explore his youth and it revolving around ginseng. A fascinating autobiography.

Hellions #3 (Marvel) – The most intriguing entry in Marvel’s new line of X-Men? The battle against the Goblin Queen continues.

Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1 (IDW Publishing) – Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

Map to the Sun (First Second) – A YA graphic novel about five principle players in a struggling girls’ basketball team. The presentation is amazing.

Mega Man: Fully Charged #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The animated reboot comes to comics. While we haven’t seen the show, we’re excited to check out the comic as fans of the video game.

Nailbiter Returns #4 (Image Comics) – If you like horror or slasher movies, you’ll enjoy this comic series.

The School for Extraterrestrial Girls (Papercutz) – Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi’s new graphic novel series about a school for extraterrestrials.

X-Factor #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and to have a detective series that fills a niche of solving one of the flaws of Krakoa should be interesting going forward.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Adventureman #1

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. It’s the third week of new comics after the shutdown and that also means the return of Marvel!

Adventureman #1 (Image Comics) – Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson come together for this pulp adventure about a hero who was forgotten and an imagination that spans decades. Read our review.

Archangel 8 #2 (AWA Studios) – Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind.

Artemis and the Assassin #2 (Aftershock) – A time traveling adventure that’s over the top exciting.

Decorum #2 (Image Comics) – The debut of this series was impressive as far as Jonathan Hickman’s writing, but it’s Mike Huddleston’s art that blew us away. This is the story of the most well-mannered assassin in the known universe.

Excellence #7 (Image Comics) – Spencer Dales has one purpose: tear down the Aegis and free everyone under their “protection.” The series has been solid and feels even more relevant today.

Ginesng Roots #4 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson’s autobiographical comic about growing up around ginseng in Wisconsin. One of the best comics of the year.

Old Haunts #1 (AWA Studios) – Three made men are assaults byt the ghosts of their past.

Snowpiercer: Escape (Titan Comics) – If you haven’t ever read this amazing series, now’s your chance with a new softcover edition.

Undiscovered Country #6 (Image Comics) – America is walled off and while the story is fantastical, it’s getting all too real.

Zero Day Threat #1 (Red 5 Comics) – The 21st century arms race is a digital one. Neumann is a secret agency that protects the US from these threats but a mysterious woman holds secrets that could bring down the agency.

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