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Preview: Quantum and Woody #1


Pre-Order Edition Cover by TODD NAUCK
Cover E 1/20 “Extra Virgin” Variant by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale FEBRUARY 26 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The world’s worst superheroes unleash brand-new superpowers!
But can Woody’s new visions of the future be trusted when it leads the duo to face their arch-rival DOCTOR TOILET?!
(No, they most certainly cannot.)


Review: The Visitor #3

The Visitor #3

The Visitor’s origin revealed in The Visitor #3!?

As the unkillable assassin continues hunting his targets, the fate of the future begins to come into focus.

I really wanted to love The Visitor #3 because the first two issues were fun reads. This is as well, but less so than the first. If I’m honest, the plot feels like it’s dragging its feel here; we had a few pages revealing some backstory for the Visitor, and aside from the scenes showing what the Visitor is capable of, the rest seems a rehash of most of the previous conversations had between the same characters that effectively boils down to “we’re so smart doing this [unrevealed] thing right under their noses! We have to stay here [inexplicably] so protect us!”

I’m ready to know a little more about anything and everything within this story. There’s more treading water than furthering the plot beyond what we’ve already seen in the past two issues.

The Visitor #3 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland. I previously wrote that “[the comic] follows the titular character as he’s trying to eliminate something that the Japanese scientists he’s hunting are working on and the UN Security agent Dauber assigned to protect them. Levitz keeps things entirely believable when the scientists keep frustrating Dauber’s efforts to keep them safe by insisting on their secrecy as they all underestimate the Visitor.” It’s still true. I’m leaving it here because I don’t need to update the summary from the second to the third issue.

I still enjoyed the issue. The backstory to the Visitor was certainly interesting. The art of Kim with Arreola’s coloring is for the most part very solid. I say for the most part because there were hiccups that aren’t worth highlighting. The way the pair capture the fluidity of the Visitor’s movements amidst the flying bullets seems effortless. The art really stands out when you notice how the other characters seem to struggle to catch the Visitor. It’s very much showing the excellence by focusing on the mundane.

Despite my misgivings about the shallowness of the plot, this was still a very enjoyable book. I’d be lying if I said The Visitor #3 is a bad comic. It’s just not as good as the first two issues in the series. Hopefully, it’s the weakest of the series, because if this is as bad as The Visitor gets then I’d consider this a solid miniseries that’s well worth picking up.

Needless to say, where the plot falls a little in The Visitor #3 the comic is still a strong entry in the series. The art remains top notch. There’s enough here that you won’t feel robbed when it comes to the plot progression. It just feels like the comic is longer than it needs to be.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Bloodshot #0

Bloodshot #0

Artist Mac Laming unleashes eye-popping artwork as the truth behind Bloodshot’s mission is revealed in Bloodshot #0!

After reading Bloodshot #0 part of me wondered why the comic hadn’t been released in sequence. This comic bridges the gap between the end of Harbinger Wars II and the beginning of the current Bloodshot series. It addresses how the events of Harbinger II and how he dealt with what he was forced to do.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is not well.

The comic opens with Bloodshot in hiding. He’s trying to disappear and avoid the killing machine he once was, working on a pipeline in northwestern Siberia. Writer Tim Seeley takes a step back from the frenetic pace he’s been using in the six issues so far. He really delves into the psyche of a man who has been used and abused by friends and enemies alike.

Not only does Seeley explore Bloodshot’s broken soul, but he also shows us how he ends up doing what he’s doing at the beginning of Bloodshot #1. There’s a lot of story in this issue. It still doesn’t feel like you’re trying to fit seventeen eggs into a twelve pack.

Under Tim Seeley’s pen, Bloodshot has been one of the more consistent series that Valiant is currently publishing. It’s often a fast-paced action comic with enough hidden depths in each issue to stop it from being overly shallow. With the zero issue, Seeley has shown what he can do with the character when he slows the pace down. And it makes me hopeful that we’ll get more moments like this in the future.

Seeley is joined by artist Marc Laming who handles the art for the first time this series, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. Laming’s style acts as a visual bridge between Doug Braithwaite’s art at the end of Bloodshot Salvation and Brett Booth’s take on the character in the latest volume. The cold desolation of the comic’s setting is evident in the shades of blue and grey used when the scenes take place outside.

There’s a great full-page around the middle of the comic that emphasizes Bloodshot’s view of himself; a weapon to be used.

But who gets to use the weapon?

The comic does a great job of asking the question and offering an answer that we’ve been reading for the past six issues.

Bloodshot #0 is probably the best comic in the series so far. It is successful as a bridge between stories, as a single issue standalone story and as an introduction to Bloodshot #1 and the character as well. All in all, that’s a home run for the zero issue, which is far more than I expected from an issue which has often been little more than a stop-gap between the numbered issues.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Andrew Laming
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Doctor Tomorrow #1

Doctor Tomorrow #1

Teen hothead and star athlete, Bart Simms, is about to meet the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero…Himself! It all begins in Doctor Tomorrow #1!

Doctor Tomorrow #1 is Valiant‘s first all-ages book set within the publisher’s continuity. Yes, there was Valiant High – a fun four-issue miniseries. It reimagined the Valiant characters in a high school setting that had distinct Archie vibes. That was never actually set within the publisher’s continuity. The Eternal Sophomore was never going to grow into the Eternal Warrior. I don’t think the Eternal Warrior has ever actually been to school, come to think of it.

When Valiant gave Graphic Policy the chance to read and review Doctor Tomorrow #1 early, we jumped at the chance. Personally, I think all-ages stories are often overlooked. A stigma exists that something that’s all ages isn’t going to be able to be enjoyed by all ages, right? I’ll counter that with Toy Story and Into The Spiderverse and move right along.

Written by Alejandro Arbona with art by Jim Towe, colors by Diego Rodriguez and letters by Clayton Cowles, the comic opens with a fight scene to set the stage and establish the threat level of Valiant’s newest supervillain Hadrian. It quickly disabuses the notion that all-ages comics aren’t going to have any real stakes.

It’s at this point that the comic switches gears and we’re introduced to the teenaged Bart Simms, who will apparently grow up to become Doctor Tomorrow. Doctor Tomorrow #1 is on the surface little more than an introduction to Simms and Doctor Tomorrow. It does a really good job of setting the stage. It introduces and establishes the foundations of the characters for Arbona to build upon. By having the teenaged Bart Simms meet his older self, Arbona is also able to avoid the trope of a teenage superhero. At the very least it throws an interesting twist on it. It’s tough to say how it’ll play out based solely on the first issue. Based on the last page there’s going to be a lot more to that aspect of the comic.

I’m not going to say any more about the page other than it’ll make some people very happy about what it could be hinting toward.

Jim Towe’s art seems to fall more toward what you’d consider an “all-ages style”. The art feels like it came from a Saturday morning cartoon aimed toward older kids. Personally, I love it. It fits the style of the comic by being accessible without sacrificing visual storytelling. People are lost in the opening pages, but Towe and Diego Rodriguez cleverly draw your attention away from the scene by placing something far more eye-grabbing on the scene. For me, it was akin to the scene in the Mandalorian where Mando cuts a guy in half using an automatic door. You don’t see it, but it happens. That’s kind of what happens here, only you do see it… it just isn’t the gory focus of the art.

There’s often a stigma that all-ages comics will end up being specifically for kids.

Just because it’s an all-ages comic, doesn’t mean it’s for kids. It means kids can enjoy it along with their parents. This is an exciting, fresh new story from one of the best publishers around. Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the must-read books this quarter.

Story: Alejandro Arbona Art: Jim Towe
Colors: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wolverine #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.

2020 Machine Man #1 (Marvel) – The 2020 story has been just ok but Marvel has been doing some interesting stuff with Machine Man and we want to see where they take this classic character.

Archie Meets the B-52s #1 (Archie Comics) – “Rock Lobster,” nuff said.

Bang #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres is all we need to have us excited about this secret agent/action/mystery/altered reality series.

Canopus #1 (Scout Comics) – An amazing sci-fi debut that’s an absolute must for those that enjoy comics not by the big two. Helen wakes up on an alien planet with no memories beyond a haze and an urgency to return to Earth.

DCeased Unkillables #1 (DC Comics) – The second volume of this new take on the classic “zombie/apocalypse” genre. This time, it’s the villains in the spotlight.

Doctor Tomorrow #1 (Valiant) – A fantastic debut with a character that will hopefully take off. A great addition to the Valiant Universe.

Godkillers #1 (Aftershock) – A special forces unit that fights insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. The concept sounds awesome.

The Goon #8 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is one of the most consistently entertaining comics on the market. Think of it as an over the top Popeye.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Return of Effie Kolb #1 (Dark Horse) – A continuation of the classic “The Crooked Man” tale. Hellboy is always entertaining.

Marvel’s Voices #1 (Marvel) – A one-shot comic that features a whole lot of interesting creators taking on a wide range of characters.

On the Stump #1 (Image Comics) – Elections are now decided by hand-to-hand combat and that concept alone has us all in.

Plunge #1 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics) – A sunk ship sends out a distress signal 40 years after it went missing. Sounds like a great horror concept.

Savage Bastards #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A tale of revenge and betrayal set in 1873. You don’t see a lot of “Western” comics anymore, so we’re always intrigued to check out a new one.

Undiscovered Country #4 (Image Comics) – So far, this series has been amazing blending together so many differnet concepts. We have no idea where this mystery will all go but it’s a hell of a ride so far.

Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – An oversized issue that’s worth the oversized price.

Valiant Announces Shadowman from Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt

Horror reaches new heights in Shadowman #1 this May.

New York Times bestselling writer Cullen Bunn and the terrifyingly talented Jon Davis-Hunt pull you into the darkness. In this brand-new series, Jack Boniface, a.k.a. Shadowman faces the terrors that tear at the fabric of humanity’s world. Every chapter of Shadowman is a standalone descent into horror while something far more sinister emerges from shadows.

Take a look at Jon and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire‘s engrossing artwork below.

The terrifying tale starts in Shadowman #1 on May 20th, 2020, featuring colors by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Clayton Cowles, and covers by Jon Davis-HuntRod ReisDave JohnsonTony Moore, and Jeff Dekal.

Shadowman #1

Preview: X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Book 2


Written by MATT KINDT
Cover Art by Viktor Kalvachev
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 304 pages, full color | $49.99 US | T+ HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-348-2

From barbarian…to agent…to hero!

New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artists Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), and Tomás Giorello (NINJA-K) come together for a thrilling melee of blood and steely-eyed daring right here in a deluxe edition hardcover collecting the next epic chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated run of X-O MANOWAR!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15-26 along with 20+ pages of rarely seen designs, process art, and behind-the-scenes extras in a must-own, oversized hardcover edition of the series CBR calls, “stunning”!


Preview: The Visitor #3 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #3 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by ADAM POLLINA
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The Visitor’s origin revealed!?

As the unkillable assassin continues hunting his targets, the fate of the future begins to come into focus.

THE VISITOR #3 (of 6)

Preview: Bloodshot #0


Written by TIM SEELEY
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Artist Mac Laming unleashes eye-popping artwork as the truth behind Bloodshot’s mission is revealed!


Preview: Doctor Tomorrow #1


Pre-Order Edition Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Wraparound Cover by JIM TOWE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Teen hothead and star athlete, Bart Simms, is about to meet the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero… himself!

The can’t-miss superhero adventure of 2020 starts here!

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