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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Alienated #2

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.

Alienated #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Three kids discover an alien and there’s no way this goes well. An amazing first issue and we’re expecting the same from the second.

Archangel 8 #1/Hotell #1/Red Border #1/Resistance #1 (AWA Studios) – AWA Studios launches with four series all being released this week. We’ve read the teaser magazine and these all look great. A new publisher? We’re in!

Artemis & the Assassin #1 (AfterShock) – A time traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other. Yeah, this sounds awesome.

Bad Reception #4 (AfterShock) – Each issue is like an Agatha Christie novel and it’s been so good.

Bang! #2 (Dark Horse) – The debut was a crazy riff on the James Bond genre. There were enough twists to make it stand out and we want to see where it goes.

Canopus #2 (Scout Comics) – Fantastic sci-fi and a must get. The debut issue was one of the best of the year so far. Helen’s stuck on a mysterious planet and doesn’t know why.

Outlawed #1 (Marvel) – There are absolutely echoes of Civil War but the first issue is a solid start to what’s coming.

Plunge #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label/Hill House Comics) – The first issue was fantastic horror and we’ve been awaiting the second.

Starship Down #1 (Dark Horse) – An extraterrestrial ship is discovered buried under the ice for thousands of years.

Undiscovered Country #5 (Image Comics) – This comic has been crazy with everything it’s throwing out there and mixing together. Mad Max and apocalypse story with possible time travel-ish elements. It’s all over and just crazy fun.

Wicked Things #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A spin-off from Giant Days about everyone’s favorite child detective: Charlotte Grote!

X-Ray Robot #1 (Dark Horse) – Mike Allred’s latest and Allred’s name alone has us excited for the first issue.

Undiscovered Country #3 Heads Back for a 2nd Printing

New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’Undiscovered Country is turning heads with multiple sell-outs at the distributor level and issue #3 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with skyrocketing demand for the hot series.

In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become; each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.

For issue #3, the expedition undertakes a desperate attempt to rescue a member of the team from the Destiny Man’s strange caravan city. Success or certain doom hinges on Americana expert Ace Kenyatta, PhD—what he knows about the new lands…and what he doesn’t.

The series was acquired early on by New Republic Pictures after a competitive bidding war for potential franchise development with Snyder and Soule attached to adapt the screenplay and serve as executive producers alongside Camuncoli. John Hilary Shepherd will oversee development.

Undiscovered Country #3, second printing (Diamond Code DEC198444) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19.

Undiscovered Country #3, second printing

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing (Diamond Code OCT199140) is available at comic book shops now.

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing

Undiscovered Country #1 fourth printing (Diamond Code DEC198445) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19.

Undiscovered Country #1 fourth printing

Undiscovered Country #1 Goes Back for a New Printing

Image Comics has fast-tracked a fourth printing of Undiscovered Country #1 in order to keep up with the mounting pressure from fans looking to jump on board for the new series by New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.

In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become; each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.

The series was acquired early on by New Republic Pictures after a competitive bidding war for potential franchise development with Snyder and Soule attached to adapt the screenplay and serve as executive producers alongside Camuncoli. John Hilary Shepherd will oversee development. 

Undiscovered Country #1, fourth printing (Diamond Code DEC198445) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 19. 

Undiscovered Country #2, second printing (Diamond Code OCT199140) is available at comic book shops now.

Undiscovered Country #1, fourth printing

Review: Undiscovered Country #3

Undiscovered Country #3

Undiscovered Country is becoming an everything and the kitchen sink of a wild ride. That becomes even more apparent as a new wrinkle is added in Undiscovered Country #3.

Like the previous two issues, this third one gives us more info on one of the characters, Ace Kenyatta. The “expert” on the United States is an interesting one taking his “origin” and what he brings to the series as a whole in an unexpected direction.

Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country #3 can only be described as a wild ride of a story continuing a wild ride of a series. Without spoiling the issue, there’s a new concept that’s added to a series that already has taken inspiration from so many thinks like Mad Max, American folklore, and Jurassic Park.

The team is after the key the Destiny Man holds and while the story could easily be entertaining just focused on that, it’s the layers that make the issue interesting. Each character has their moments that add to the mystery of it all. An exchange of dialogue delivers hints as to motives. Or, we learn about the history of the United States. It all creates a story you can enjoy in numerous ways. There’s the action and tension but there’s amazing worldbuilding going on as well.

The details go beyond the dialogue and plot but the art too. Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini handle those duties superbly. Along with Matt Wilson on color and Crank! on lettering, each panel delivers so much detail. And, all of that detail helps tell a story and add to the worldbuilding. You’re challenged to see it all and put the pieces of the puzzle of what happened in history together.

Each issue of Undiscovered Country has been a surprise. It’s difficult to guess what to expect and what’s in store for readers. It’s rare to find an experience where you really have no idea what’s coming. “Wild ride” is a too simplistic way to describe a series that seems to have taken inspiration from so many things. The series is one of the comics that keep you truly excited for the next issue to see what’s next.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

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.

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

Review: Undiscovered Country #2

Undiscovered Country #2

Undiscovered Country #2 continues the wild ride writer Scott Snyder and Charles Soule set up in the first issue. It’s a hard issue to describe as our group of explorers mainly try to figure out what to do next as we the reader get a better idea about everything.

Snyder and Soule use the issue to focus on worldbuilding delivering wild ideas and concepts that are unexpected. And that’s part of the enjoyment of the series, it truly is undiscovered with wild ideas.

The comic has a Mad Max feel to it all, except if a group from our world stumbled upon it. Mashed together vehicles are mixed with mutant animal steeds for a world that’s a little bit of everything. That’s part of the fun of it all. You don’t know what to expect and what wild idea is next to show up on the page. Add in the fact that the “mission” might all be a lie to start and you have a blank page in so many ways.

That craziness is brought to life by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini. Matt Wilson provides color and Crank! the lettering. The designs are as crazy as the concepts with a look that feels part Burning Man, part Mad Max, and part junkyard find. There’s a mish-mash of designs and concepts that at times feels familiar and that plays off a bit that this is America, the land of consumer consumption. That’s emphasized a little in backmatter material adding more color to the world.

Undiscovered Country #2 is insane in a positive way with a look that’s just so over the top. Add in a story where everything is open at this point and we have a series where anything and everything feels possible, like a vivid fever dream.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:
Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

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.

Annihilation Scourge: Beta Ray Bill #1/Annihilation Scourge: Silver Surfer #1 (Marvel) – The return of Marvel’s cosmic has been entertaining so far and though the creative team has been different from the previous Annhilation events, it feels like a solid follow up.

The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Frank Miller’s latest chapter in his take on Batman.

Far Sector #2 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The first issue introduced us to a new Green Lantern and a brand new world. It was an amazing opening with great writing and fantastic art. We’re excited to see where it goes.

Doom 2099 #1/Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s return to the world of 2099 has been weird but we’re holding in hoping it all becomes clearer.

Dying is Easy #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new series from Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds follows a disgraced former cop turned stand-up comic turned felon? We’re intrigued.

The Goon #7 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun series out there right now.

Rai #2 (Valiant) – One of the best new series of the years. It’s not too late to get in on this which focuses on the future of the Valiant universe.

The Red Mother #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has been rocking the new series with each seeing numerous sell-outs. We’re in for this new horror series.

Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality #1 (Marvel) – The first volume surprisingly worked as it explored a new chapter during Spider-Man’s blacksuit days. We’re hoping for more of the same fun.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 (IDW Publishing) – Hitting such a huge number, we’re excited to see what IDW has in store.

Undiscovered Country #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was fantastic as a world contingent entered a United States that has been cut off from the world for decades. The reveal was completely unexpected and promises a wild ride.

Undiscovered Country #1 Heads Back for a Third Printing

New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’s new ongoing series Undiscovered Country continues to grow audience and impress comic shop retailers with customer buzz. It has been greenlit for a third printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become, each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.

Undiscovered Country #1 is available at comic book shops now. 

Undiscovered Country #1, third printing (Diamond Code OCT198168) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 11. 

Undiscovered Country #2 Cover A by Camuncoli (Diamond Code OCT190250) and Cover B by Francis Manapul (Diamond Code SEP198645) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 11. Undiscovered Country #3 (Diamond Code NOV190175) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 15.

Undiscovered Country #1 third printing

Undiscovered Country is Image’s Highest Ordered Launch in Five Years and Rushed Back to Print

New York Times bestselling writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli’s new ongoing series Undiscovered Country has launched as the highest ordered Image Comics debut in nearly five years with orders at over 85K and growing reorder demand driving the issue immediately back to print upon today’s release.

In Undiscovered Country, readers journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America—a land that’s become shrouded in mystery and literally walled-off from the rest of the world for decades. A small expedition enters the former US in search of a cure to a humanity-ending pandemic. They travel inward and learn the secrets of what America has become; each member seeking their own form of truth in the undiscovered country.

Undiscovered Country #1, second printing (Diamond Code SEP198299) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 4.

Read our review of the first issue.

Undiscovered Country #1, second printing

Review: Undiscovered Country #1

Undiscovered Country #1

Undiscovered Country #1 is a hell of a start. The United States has walled itself off from the world and has been isolated for three decades. The rest of the world has fallen into two alliances. One alliance represents Europe and Africa while the other is the Asian region. Both alliances are ravaged by disease and illness that threatens to collapse civilization within six months. A message promising a cure from within the United States sends an alliance across the border to explore what remains of the United States and get the cure.

Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country #1 is an amazing beginning. The story has aspects of a story of exploration and discovery with all of the thrills and threats we can expect from that. There’s aspects of Indiana Jones and Escape from New York mixed with Mad Max and Marvel’s “Old Man” line of comics.

Snyder and Soule know the build-up to the discovery of what exists beyond the US’ wall is key. And once contact has been made, it has to shock. And the two deliver nailing every beat along the way. The world feels both strange and familiar and in some ways all too real. There’s an aspect of the surreal and fantastical mixed with grounded reality.

Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini‘s art is amazing. Along with colors by Matt Wilson and lettering with Crank! the characters and design are fantastic. As much as Snyder and Soule’s dialogue tells the story, the art fills in the details and expands upon what is set up. This is a comic whose art provides so much as far as what’s going on in the world and the state of it.

Undiscovered Country #1 is one of the strongest debuts of the year. It delivers an adventure and mystery all mixed into one. It introduces us to a fleshed-out possible future that as a reader, I want to explore. Add in lots of extras in backmatter material and you have a first issue that’s a must get.

Story: Scott Snyder and Charles Soule
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank!
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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