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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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #3 (Valiant) – Two words: Space Conan. More words: My favourite series from any publisher right now, this is a beautifully illustrated an fantastically written comic.

Rapture #1 (Valiant) – Another Valiant comic written by Matt Kindt? Just take my money.

Vile #2 (Study Group Comics) – Alright so this doesn’t come out this week, and is actually sat in my To-Read pile…. but I have every intention of reading Tyler Landry’s stream of consciousness style of story telling this week.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a  while since it sounds like it’ll touch on social issues that are prevalent today giving it all a new spin.

Saucer State #1 (IDW Publishing) – This was an awesome series when that last volume came out through Vertigo. Thankfully we get another conspiracy filled volume. Think the X-Files but the President is involved in the investigation. A solid mix of conspiracy and politics.

Batman/The Shadow #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue I was mixed on, but I’m really excited to see where this second one goes. It’s a team up of two classic characters that works so well together.

East of West #33 (Image Comics) – This series always delivers in a weird mix of the Wild West, political maneuvering and religious fervor.

Samaritan Veritas #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Spinning out of the Postal/Think Tank world of Top Cow is a new series focused on hacker looking to take down a corrupt President…

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Activate Yourself with Secret Weapons #1 #WorstPowerEver Name Tags!

With the first issue of the summer’s most anticipated new series just weeks away, Valiant is proud to reveal the Secret Weapons #1 #WorstPowerEver name tags – a custom-made sheet of promotional stickers allowing fans everywhere to showcase their special abilities in celebration of the Valiant Universe’s most unlikely superteam! Simply visit a comic shop near you and pick up yours before Secret Weapons #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the extraordinary new limited series from the masterclass creative team of Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and visionary artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin – marches into stores on June 28th!

Nikki Finch can talk to birds… Owen Cho can conjure any object, but he can’t choose what or when… To most, these are remarkable, but mundane abilities. But to Valiant’s technopathic heroine Livewire, they are ripe with potential…waiting to be revealed. Now, she’s taking charge of these abandoned recruits from the Harbinger Foundation to find the hidden purpose behind their arcane and perplexing gifts. Do you have an under-appreciated ability that could earn you a place on Livewire’s one-of-a-kind team of new heroes? This summer, Valiant is letting fans tell the world – and jump in on the action themselves – at local comic shop across the country with Secret Weapons #1 #WorstPowerEver name tags! Show what makes you a secret weapon and let your extraordinary abilities be known by following these simple steps:

  1. Head to your participating retailer and claim your SECRET WEAPONS #1 #WorstPowerEver name tag.
  2. Write down what your unique ability would be in clean and legible writing on your SECRET WEAPONS #1 #WorstPowerEver name tag.
  3. Take a photo of yourself wearing your SECRET WEAPONS #1 #WorstPowerEver name tag and post it on the official Valiant Twitter account using the #WorstPowerEver hashtag.

Retailers interested in obtaining SECRET WEAPONS #1 #WorstPowerEver name tags can contact Valiant directly at retailers@valiantentertainment.com. Fans seeking name tags can have their local retailer contact Valiant for stock as well.

Valiant Soars into Phoenix Comicon 2017 with Exclusives, Programs, Panels and More!

From Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, May 28th, Valiant’s non-stop convention tour is blazing the trail into Phoenix Comicon– and we’re bringing along a massive stash of exclusives, merchandise and panels for three full days of non-stop action!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Phoenix Convention Center at booth #760 to see why Valiant reigns supreme as the most acclaimed comic book publisher in the industry today with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically renowned and award-winning titles! And don’t miss the stacks of Valiant merchandise rolling into Phoenix, including a brand new Faith & The Future Force T-shirt by artist Kano [$25] and the Rapture #1 Phoenix Comicon Variant, featuring the art of fan-favorite artist Jeff Piña!

Plus: Get ready for the all-star talent charging into the Valiant booth for signings and free sketches, including David Baron and Jeff Piña!

Next: Your official initiation into Valiant’s critically acclaimed pantheon of heroes begins on Friday, May 26th at 3:00 p.m. MST in room #232ABC for the Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes!

Finally: Prepare yourself for the biggest and bloodiest battle to ever enter the Valiant Universe on Saturday, May 27th at 3:00 p.m. MST in room #232ABC for the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and impactful comic book event of all time starts right here!

Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For April

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Great comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for April.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six(ish) comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher (although there may be a future Underrated on specific publishers in the future, that’s not the point of this one).

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like in the past, so you may see some recurring series month to month, although I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.

The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for Marchs comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

uncle scrooge 25Uncle Scrooge #25 (IDW)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 296 /4,359

Sometimes you don’t want a comic to be anything more than a pleasant diversion for a few minutes, and that’s exactly what this series is. Yes, it’s a Disney comic, but so what? It’s fun, and sometimes that’s exactly the kind of read you want.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #18 (Marvel)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 214 /7,966

There’s something incredible about this series. Whether you picked it up for the T-Rex in New York aspect, or the fantastic Moon Girl, there is so much here to love about this comic.

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 (Valiant)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 189 /10,218

Almost completely to the contrary of the above we have Valiant’s sequel to Britannia. A brutal story set in Ancient Rome centering around a man who is essentially a Bruce Wayne level detective in a world of superstition and monsters. Ultimately this isn’t going to be for everybody, and will likely end up with a more cult level following, but that’s exactly why it’s on this  list.

Kill Or Be Killed #8 (Image)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #110 /19,616


This barely qualifies for this issue of Underrated, seeing as how it’s only ten places out of the hundred, but it’s a solid series with a much more realistic take on how a vigilante would operate in today’s world (assuming he made a deal with the devil). Fantastically gripping stuff with some truly awesome artwork.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #3

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with DAVID MACK
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR172157)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR172158)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172159)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (MAR172160)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)

Their world became his war!

Across every frontline, and through every trench, Aric of Dacia continues his hostile journey through a brutal alien planet the only way he knows how: with war. But the man once known as X-O Manowar is not alone. With a dedicated band of soldiers sworn to his side, Aric will prove his worth on the battlefield… and find himself in a position that no one saw coming!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello bring the punishing first act to Valiant’s biggest series of the year to its final stand-off… and will leave readers everywhere reeling with a last page surprise!

Preview: Rapture #1 (of 4)

RAPTURE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172161)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAR172162)
Character Design Variant by KANO (MAR172165)
Variant Cover by CAFU (MAR172166)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172167)
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available (MAR172164)
Blank Cover Also Available (MAR172163)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

This summer, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event!

Valiant Leads War Mother #1 to 4001 A.D. with Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia in August

Valiant has unveiled War Mother #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of A RIVETING NEW SERIES launching the breakout hero of 4001 A.D. into a high-powered tale of tomorrow! First teased at #ValiantSummit2017 as a classified project, Valiant can now reveal that the war-torn protector of 41st century Earth will charge into her first, much-demanded limited series on August 23rd as writer Fred Van Lente and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia bring War Mother to bear with an all-new, self-contained entry point for the newest hero manning the frontline of the Valiant Universe’s far future!

Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once we knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life… Enclaves like The Grove – Earth’s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called War Mother and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?

After first appearing with a highly speculated-upon cameo in the pages of Book of Death #1 in 2015, War Mother rushed to the fore of the Valiant Universe with a history-making debut in the 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 special – an integral chapter, helmed by Van Lente and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello, at the heart of last summer’s crossover event. An instant fan favorite, the character’s landmark first appearance earned two sold-out printings and widespread critical accolades.

Featuring a high-caliber lineup of covers from astonishing artists David Mack, Clayton Crain, Kano, Jen Bartel, and Monika Palosz!

Preview: Ninjak #27

NINJAK #27

Written by KEVIN MAURER
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (MAR172168)
Cover B by STEVE LIEBER (MAR172169)
Cover C by ALEX SANCHEZ (MAR172170)
Variant Cover by DAN PARENT (MAR172171)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 17 (FOC – 4/24/17)

Snakebite!

He’s fought the Shadow Seven, journeyed to the Deadside, and bested death itself, but MI-6’s top superspy has never tested his limits like this! When Ninjak is assigned to the Middle East for a seemingly simple extraction, this once-routine mission will quickly turns south when the laws of nature are turned upside down…and mutated soldiers bearing the animalistic abilities of nature’s deadly predators strike from the shadows! Now, Ninjak must hone his lethal skills and channel his inner warrior like never before…or end up at the bottom of the food chain!

Preview: Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #2

BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #2 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by DAVID MACK (MAR172177)
Cover B by JUAN JOSE RYP (MAR172178)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR172179)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (MAR172180)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (MAR172181)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale MAY 17 (FOC – 4/24/17)

God complex!

Achillia and Antonius remain hot on the trail of whatever – or whoever – is causing the civilization’s elite to fall into a deadly illness. As gods and monsters stalk the pair both inside and outside of the gladiatorial arena, Rome’s greatest detective and its rising gladiator must separate the hauntings from hoaxes in a blood-boiling search for the truth. But will Achillia and Antonius solve the mystery and and prove Rubria’s innocence in time, or will Nero’s swift vengeance strike first?

Secret Weapons #1 Gets an Animated Trailer from Valiant

Valiant has released an official animated trailer for Secret Weapons #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the new comic series from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and artist Raul Allen with Patricia Martin! On June 28th, Valiant’s most important new series of the summer joins The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 – the publisher’s seismic 2018 crossover event – as Livewire steps to the fore to lead an extraordinary new team of Harbinger Foundation escapees…and reveals a hidden, high-stakes corner of the Valiant Universe never before explored…

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Watch the trailer below and read our advance review!

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