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Valiant in December 2016

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Blank Cover Also Available
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

Out of the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE…New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Death of X) and comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) present the first of four essential specials chronicling the history of the Stalinverse’s worldwide superhuman regime!

He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain lead KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from DIVINITY III…and into a gut-wrenching tale of power, sacrifice, and authority that will take Valiant’s blood-stained icon to his most punishing depths yet!

$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale DECEMBER 28

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HARBINGER RENEGADES #2

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by KANO
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

They’re in your towns. In your schools. And inside your head…

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of renegades won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As a violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

Chaos is coming home as Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Wolverine) continue the most subversive, most fearless new superhero series of the fall!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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SAVAGE #2 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Nature conquers all!

Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savage family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

It’s survival of the fiercest as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Aloha, Hawaiian Dick) and blockbuster artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) catapult the fiercest Valiant hero of all time into the bone-breaking comic book debut that will have everyone talking!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale DECEMBER 28

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BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #3 (of 4)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

War for the home of the brave!

New York City is in flames. From the Bronx to Broadway, panic has taken hold…and Project Rising Spirit’s latest experiment – an airborne weapons test designed to turn eight million New Yorkers into nanite-infected killers – is already paying dividends. America’s politicians have demanded action…and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to get it when Bloodshot and Deathmate make a last stand to defuse NYC’s very own armageddon!

The explosive standalone comics event of the fall reaches a fever pitch as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice) unleash the next barrage in Bloodshot’s borough-busting battle royale!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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FAITH #6

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Character Design Variant by MEGHAN HETRICK
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Fight and flight!

As Los Angeles’ high-flying protector, Faith has inspired the dreams of an entire metropolis… Now get ready to meet its worst nightmare! When an escaped psiot prisoner starts tearing through the streets, Faith must stop her fiery rampage before all hell break loose! But this isn’t just any ordinary threat… Not only can this empowered escapee drain the energy of everything in sight, she’s one of L.A.’s most controversial pop stars to boot!

Valiant’s chart-topping superhero is about to add a major new player to her frenemies list, courtesy of breakout writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and acclaimed artists Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 7

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GENERATION ZERO #5

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by ANDRÉS GUINALDO
Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

We live for destruction!

Generation Zero has finally pinpointed the silent evil that has infiltrated Rook High School…but it’s not going down without a fight! Now, every corner of this idyllic techtown is about to become a war zone as Cronus, Telic, Animalia, and Cloud hit back with the force of four walking hydrogen bombs and show the world why this one group of reformed commandos aren’t just dangerous… They’re disorderly!

Generation Zero’s first field mission is about to come crashing down…but not before New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and breakout artist Francis Portela (FAITH) send them hurtling toward their next target!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 28

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BRITANNIA #4 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Final Fates!

Antonius Axia’s nightmarish journey through the heart of the remote Roman colony of Britannia has brought him to death’s door. But when the world’s first detective confronts his deepest fears about gods, men and civilization, will he be able to complete the mission given to him by Emperor Nero, or will his mind collapse under the unfathomable weight of the void that now stands revealed before him?

The horrifying secret at the heart of Britannia is laid bare as comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and blockbuster artist Juan José Ryp (NINJAK) erase the lines between fact and fable and bring Valiant’s prestige format opus to an unforgettable finale!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14th

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NINJAK #22

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Silent might!

Ninjak is on the hunt for the woman who took everything from him — the sadistic assassin known as Roku! When Roku’s trail leads to a heavily guarded citadel in the Nevada desert, silence is of the essence as Ninjak undertakes a dangerous stealth mission where even the faintest noise could mean execution! But even if Valiant’s top super-spy can reach the woman once known as Angelina Alcott undetected, will he truly be able to face the former love of his life?

The Harvey Award-nominated sensation reaches its most innovative chapter yet as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and visionary artist CAFU (RAI) present a special silent issue with minimal dialogue and groundbreaking visual storytelling!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #10

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover A by RYAN LEE
Cover B by MIKE CHOI
Variant Cover by DOUG PASKIEWICZ
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Beatdown in the bayou!

Armstrong’s surreal reunion with Andromeda, his long-lost wife, gets even weirder (if that’s possible) as a legion of bath salt “empowered” Florida Men unleash total mayhem! But that’s not the only trouble awaiting Valiant’s fearless-ish adventurers… Enemies from across the globe are descending on the Sunshine State to destroy Archer & Armstrong once and for all! But never fear, dear reader, in the darkest of hours a new hero will rise — and, by Gub Gub, he’s bringing prophetic visions of the future with him!

Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) are in one heck of a sticky situation as “ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED” continues!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7

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WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #14

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover B by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Out of the abyss…and into oblivion!

Gilad Anni-Padda has faced tanks, trenches, and legions many thousands strong. Now, true peace is finally within reach of the man that myth calls the Eternal Warrior… but, to claim it, he must undertake a mission beyond the grasp of any mortal soldier…and rescue the soul of his long-lost son from the underworld. But to venture into the land of death itself means suicide even for an immortal master of war… and the cruel being known as the Pale Herder intends to make sure that this time, Earth’s Fist and Steel stays dead once and for all…

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) and rising star Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) mark “A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL” as the Eternal Warrior enters the final ring of fire!

FINAL ISSUE | $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 2- ROMANCE & ROAD TRIPS TPB

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover by KANO

A VALIANT TALE FOR THE AGES! This ain’t no ordinary team-up… It’s Archer & Faith’s first date!

First, A&A’s whirlwind ongoing series is hitting the town with the one and only FAITH! With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time… and bringing his long-distance romance with Los Angeles’s number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! Then, Archer and Armstrong go on the hunt for Armstrong’s long-lost wife, and the clues will put them on the trail of America’s craziest traveling circus!

Come on board here as red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and Eisner Award winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) bring you more crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle and more fistfights than The Notebook!

Collecting A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5–8.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-171-6

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BLOODSHOT REBORN VOL. 4: BLOODSHOT ISLAND TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES and MICHEL FIFFE
Art by MICO SUAYAN and TOMAS GIORELLO with JOE BENNETT, RAY FAWKES, KANO, and BENJAMIN MARRA
Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO

Welcome to “BLOODSHOT ISLAND”!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical getaway… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends its old soldiers to die. Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And who or what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn?

Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) send Bloodshot screaming into his most action-packed adventure yet as “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” ups the ante!

Collecting BLOODSHOT REBORN #14-18, and BLOODSHOT REBORN 2016 ANNUAL #1.

$19.99 | 192 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 21
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-167-9

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NINJAK DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN and DOUG BRAITHWAITE with RAUL ALLEN, BUTCH GUICE, JUAN JOSE RYP and STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover by CLAY MANN

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and superstar artists Clay Mann (Poison Ivy), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Butch Guice (Captain America) and many more, comes the first oversized hardcover of the seven-time Harvey Award nominated series the A.V. Club calls “immensely entertaining”!

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

Collecting NINJAK #1–13, this deluxe hardcover comes packed with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras!

$39.99 | 448 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7
DELUXE HARDCOVER | 978-1-68215-157-0

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Review: Britannia #1

BRITANNIA_001_COVER-B_LAROSAIn Nero’s Rome in the first century, battle-scarred centurion Antonius Axia finds himself restored to health by the mysterious cult of the Vestal Virgins and imbued with the secrets of human psychology – making him the one truly sane man in an insane world governed by gods, fates, and superstitions. Now, as the world’s first detective, he will find himself dispatched to the remote Roman colony of Britannia to investigate strange attacks on the legions guarding the frontier… But what he finds there will lead him to question everything he thought he knew about the true order of our world…and the monsters that lurk just beyond its bounds.

Valiant have been pushing their new awkwardly titled (especially for this sentence) initiative The Future Of Valiant quite heavily over the past month or two, and the next release is the first issue of the prestige format miniseries Britannia #1. Written by Peter Milligan, with art provided by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin (introduction), Juan Jose Ryp (the rest of the comic) and colours by the prolific Jordie Bellaire

We’ll get to the story in a moment, but before we do that, let’s talk about the art.

The introduction to Britannia #1 has a very mythologically ancient feel to it. By having a different artistic team produce those first three pages, it separates Juan Jose Ryp‘s distinctive hyper detailed style from the more classical art style of Raul Allen Patricia Martin‘s opening pages. Ryp‘s detailed line work is able to convey the casual brutality of life two thousand years ago (if you’ve seen the Spartacus TV series, you’ll have an idea as to what I’m referring too), just as effortlessly as he does the romanticized version of ancient Rome. Bellaire‘s colours shift the comic from the green jungles in the opening to the dryer climate of Rome with a varied, yet consistent palate.

When there is violence within the pages of this comic it’s visceral; Ryp doesn’t shy away from the horror of bladed combat, and with Bellaire‘s expert colouring  to compliment his work, I’m reminded why these two are some of the best in their fields.

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Taking place just after the turn of the last century, in 60 A.D. to be exact, Britannia‘s lead character, Antonius Axia is in many ways a man out of time. His understanding of psychology and the motivations of people wouldn’t be out of place in a more modern tale, and it’s this mentality that isolates him (at least in part) from his fellow Romans, but also allows the reader to find a sympathetic point of view for our more modern sensibilities in a character from 60 A.D.; there are other humanizing and character building moment that allow us to get a feel for Axia as a man of logic and understanding in a superstitious world. 

As this is only slated for a four issue series, Milligan’s plot moves along at a brisk pace, but the comic doesn’t feel rushed – there are some scenes that are clearly used to show Nero‘s lack of compassion or empathy for his slaves which is quite to the contrary when one looks at Antonius‘ relationship with his slave (I’m sure this is done to indicate the moral differences between the two men, but I may be reading too far between the lines), which resembles something more akin to that of friends or brothers in arms.

For a comic that’s achieved a significant amount of hype over the past few months, even going so far as to sell out of the first printing at the distributor level, you’d be forgiven for expecting the comic to fail to meet the buzz that’s been building around it – but that’s not the case here; Valiant‘s prestige format miniseries supposedly features a better quality of printed comic, which was certainly the case with Divinity II, but the review pdf that I have access to obviously doesn’t allow me to judge that side of things (I’ll update the review once I’ve picked up the physical copy my comic shop has for me).

What I can judge, however, is bloody fantastic.

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin (introduction) Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Valiant Teams with Keep A Breast to Raise Awareness and Money

Valiant Entertainment and The Keep A Breast Foundation are teaming up with a new ongoing partnership dedicated to furthering the California-based non-profit’s ongoing mission with new initiatives in educational publishing, fundraising merchandise, convention and exhibitions outreach around the world, and much more.

Valiant’s own leading super-heroine, Faith, who will make her debut as Keep A Breast’s official “comics ambassador” at New York Comic Con 2016. Faith will then subsequently be utilized throughout a number of Keep A Breast promotional endeavors globally in 2016 and beyond. Keep A Breast is a global youth-based breast cancer prevention organization.

Additionally, Valiant and Keep A Breast’s joint mission to promote breast health and cancer prevention across all facets of comics fandom and culture will continue with special fundraising endeavors throughout New York Comic Con 2016. From Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th, Valiant’s Faith will appear on two limited-edition collectibles, specially produced to benefit Keep A Breast and available exclusively at the publisher’s NYCC booth #1635:

FAITH #3 KEEP A BREAST #CHECKYOURSELFIE VARIANT ($10)

Faith, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Ninjak, and many more of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes unite to promote Keep A Breast’s #CHECKYOURSELFIE social media campaign – a hugely successful promotion embodied by placing three fingers to their breast, symbolizing an individual’s monthly commitment to selfcheck.

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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FAITH/KEEP A BREAST BUTTON BADGE ($1)

Support Keep A Breast one dollar at a time by purchasing a collectible Faith button badge, as Valiant’s leading heroine demonstrates #CHECKYOURSELFIE for the world!

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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Additionally, Keep A Breast Founder & CCO Shaney jo Darden will appear at the Valiant: Spotlight on Faith panel presentation on Thursday, October 7th at 6:45 pm in Room 1A05 to further detail plans for the newly minted partnership, alongside Faith writer Jody Houser, comics legend Louise Simonson, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Future collaborations between Keep A Breast and Valiant will include specially designed Faith comics content promoting breast health and cancer prevention, an array of co-branded Faith/Keep A Breast merchandise, and, most notably, Valiant-sponsored Keep A Breast programming at more than 50 live events and comic book conventions nationwide – furthering Keep A Breast’s noted and longstanding mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.


Over a decade ago, Keep A Breast’s founders, then involved in their own arts organization, rallied to support a friend with breast cancer. They developed an idea to express the female experience of breast cancer by reimagining the traditional canvas as a participatory sculpture. After some experimentation and partnerships with the right people, they developed and tested a technique for capturing the female bust in a plaster. The result was a white cast that was then customized by artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Mike Giant, Dalek and many more. The success of these breast casts as conversation starters, awareness builders and fundraising tools ultimately led them to what is now the non-profit The Keep A Breast Foundation.

Their mission is simple: equip young people with breast health education early on in their lives. They do that by talking to them face-to-face about breast cancer in their own voice and on their own turf. As the latest promotional affiliates dedicated to enabling Keep A Breast’s vital mission, Valiant joins a long list of individuals and organizations past and present that also includes 100% Pure, bareMinerals, Harveys, Pacifica, preen.me, Spy Optics, Stance, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as musicians Blink 182, Devo, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, and dozens more.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

britannia_001_cover-a_nordWednesdays 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: Britannia #1 (Valiant) – Britain in the Dark Ages as a story setting has always fascinated me (in fact, I just picked up a book set around Ceaser’s first invasion today), so when I found out that Valiant were publishing a comic written by Peter Milligan with Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire attached to it, I knew I’d be reading it. I know very little about the story, honestly, other than it features a Roman detective, but I can’t wait to dive in.

Batman #7 (DC Comics) – The best part about the biweekly shipping is that I don’t need to wait a whole month to get into the next issue, and with the way Tom King set up the next arc, that’s a very good thing.

Black Hammer #3 (Dark Horse) – This is a bit of a cheat, because I’ve already read the book, but I don’t hear enough chatter about Jeff Lemire’s story about Golden Age heroes that have been stuck in a purgatory-like town (though some are adapting better than others) for ten years. It’s a gripping tale, and this left me wanting more.

Phantom TP Vol. 01 Danger In The Forbidden City (Hermes) – The Phantom is  character that will always have a soft spot in my geekdom – and while there have certainly been some bad comics released featuring the Ghost Who Walks, there have been some great ones a well (Dynamites Last Phantom is one of the best I’ve read recently). So when I found out about this collection, written by Peter David, I got pretty excited.

Vote Loki #4 (Marvel) – Will Loki become President? Will he get punched in the face? Will he tell the truth at any point? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.

 

Javier

Cyborg # 1 (DC Comics) – We already got a preview of what John Semper Jr. (award-winning writer who previously worked in animation on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Static Shock), has in store for Cyborg in DC’s latest Rebirth iteration, and I am digging it. It is my top pick this week.

Horizon #3 (Image) – This unique twist on an alien incursion against Earth is impressive.

I Hate Fairyland #9 (Image) – It’s good for laughs, and I could use some.

Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – Rick Remender has become one of my favorite writers in this new digital golden age of comics (although he can be depressing at times); plus, this new sci-fi fantasy western has echoes of The Magnificent Seven.

The Vision #11 (Marvel) – Forget the latest Batman Crossover event, this is the Tom King book everyone should be reading right now.

 

Shay

This is another great week for comics. Brik #3 deserves honorable mention since it didn’t make the cut but, my review of it should be up soon. This time around my picks are DC heavy because they’ve come out of the gate swinging.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One Shot (Image) – Wic/Div goes back in time to solve a mystery. It’s my top pick because one shots are always fun and Wic/Div is always good. Plus ,it won’t be in volume #4 so there’s no reason to wait.

Raven #1 (DC Comics) – The comic is promising a teen age Raven I’m San Fransisco exploring her human side trying to make it through high school. She gets thrown into a dark side version of a Nancy Drew mystery when a student disappears and she gets to face some true evil.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five #18 (DC Comics) – This issue gives us Deathstroke joining the unholy superman and Luthor team up to open portals and end the war that’s been brewing. There’s even a pop up visit by Raven to keep everyone on their toes and watching their backs.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo & Boomerang #2 (DC Comics) – One of my fave bad guys turned good El Diablo is now working with Checkmate and Boomerang finally gets something interesting to do avoiding even badder guys and trying get out of Latin America alive.

Carnage #12 (Marvel) – My fave baddy, who I know will never have the stand alone movie I want, has the Anti-Carnage squad in his crosshairs. I know it’s about to go down but, I’m on the fence about who to root for.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Revolution #1 (IDW Publishing) –  This is it! All of my favorite childhood properties are coming together as part of one comic universe. Transformers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, ROM, MASK, yes, yes, yes please! Hasbro has also indicated we’ll be seeing all of this in future movies too, so this will give us an indication as to what to expect there as well. My five year old self is so excited!

Britannia #1 (Valiant) – Peter Milligan with Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire take Valiant out of their spandex-ish superhero zone giving us the world’s first detective set in Britain during the Dark Ages.

Invisible Republic #11 (Image Comics) – If you haven’t been reading this series and you’re a fan of sci-fi (and especially politics), you’re missing out. This issue kicks off the third arc as Maia becomes embroiled in the civil war raging on.

Civil War II #5 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event has been very hit and miss, but I’m intrigued to see what happens next.

Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – The team of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena sold me on this one. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s one to check out.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – Rick Remender has been writing some of the most fresh and exciting comics on the stands. Seven to Eternity looks to be another intriguing sci-fi/fantasy concept with some absolute gorgeous art from Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth. The plot focuses on Adam, whose crossroad journey is split by a major decision between killing the world’s evil God or accepting the offer being extended by the same deity.

Black Hammer #3 (Dark Horse)Black Hammer #3 looks to focus on the character of Barbalien, digging into some of his past. Each issue so far has been a treat to read as Jeff Lemire has been providing some poetic, deconstructive conversations around the group of heroes, with an art style from Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart that really provides a parallel of emotions between the warm nostalgia of the past and the cold, hard present reality.Wicked & Divine 1831 One Shot: Looking to step away from the main storyline, this one shot, diving into the past (Victorian Pantheon?) features the wonderful art of Stephanie Hans. There has always been this floating curiosity in the main series in regards to past iterations of the Pantheon so it will be very interesting to get some back story on characters unfamiliar to the present time being focused on.

The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One Shot (Image) – Looking to step away from the main storyline, this one shot, diving into the past (Victorian Pantheon?) features the wonderful art of Stephanie Hans. There has always been this floating curiosity in the main series in regards to past iterations of the Pantheon so it will be very interesting to get some back story on characters unfamiliar to the present time being focused on.

I Hate Fairyland #9 (Image)I Hate Fairyland is always an entertaining read within a very vibrant, colourful, violent world. It’s continuously fun to see the world being expanded with graceful playfulness and tongue in cheek wit.

Preview: Britannia #1 (of 4)

BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) (“THE FUTURE OF VALIANT”)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP with RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by CARY NORD (JUL162052)
Cover B by LEWIS LAROSA (JUL162053)
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUL162055)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JUL162056)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL162057)
Blank Cover Also Available (JUL162054)
$3.99| 40 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale SEPTEMBER 21 (FOC – 8/29/16)

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery…

Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings… In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay…

From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK, Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed – presented in an all-new prestige format limited series!

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Kindt & Hairsine Rewrite Reality for Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 – An Event-Level Epic Beginning in December!

In 2015, Earth prepared to meet a new god…a lost Communist cosmonaut known only as Divinity.

In 2016, the nations of the world bent before Divinity II.

This December, a new world order takes control as Divinity III: Stalinverse rewrites the fabric of reality itself!

Valiant has released a first look inside Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the event-level epic from the visionary Divinity creative of writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, Harvey Award-nominated inker Ryan Winn and colorist David Baron!

This winter, the sold-out sci-fi saga that redefined the Valiant Universe begins a reality-shattering comics event that will collide the world’s most formidable heroes with a disturbing new vision… One where a worldwide Soviet empire now rules a world order… The Iron Curtain extends across continents, shattering governments and armies in its wake… And the communist global super-state rules not only with an iron fist, but powers far beyond the comprehension of mortal men.

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Jeffrey Veregge, Greg Smallwood, and Adam Gorham!

Plus: stay tuned as the Stalinverse spreads with four top-secret Divinity III one-shots detailing the redacted history of the Soviet Union’s most notorious patriots, agitators, and outcasts in December and beyond!

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale DECEMBER 21st (FOC – 11/28/16)

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Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Image Comics

The highly-anticipated, genre-bending crypto-noir series The Black Monday Murders by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker launched to critical-acclaim and overwhelming fan enthusiasm. Both the first and second issues are slated for third and second printing respectively in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code AUG168217), The Black Monday Murders #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168218), and The Black Monday Murders #3 (Diamond Code AUG160616) will be available on Wednesday, October 12th.

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Image Comics and Top Cow Productions have announced Eclipse #1 by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

The second issue hits shelves October 5th and the first issue’s 2nd printing comes out October 12th.

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Glitterbomb #1 by Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

The explosive new series is the story of Farrah Durante, a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. But the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture she’s drowning in isn’t the only problem—her frustrations are a powerful lure for something horrifying out beyond the water…something ready to strike.

The second printing comes to shelves October 12th.

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The hot new crime series Kill or Be Killed from bestselling creative team Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continues to fly off the shelves as the body count rises in each issue. Image Comics is thrilled to announce that the first and second issues are again being fast-tracked for third and second printings in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

Both new printings and the third issue will be out October 12th.

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Valiant

Following on the wake of 4001 A.D.’s massive conclusion, Valiant is proud to announce that 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 – featuring the first appearance of the 41st century’s next major hero – has sold out at the distributor level and will rocket back onto store shelves everywhere on October 12th with the 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 SECOND PRINTING! The newest groundbreaking power player starts here as writer Fred Van Lente and Valiant-exclusive superstar Tomas Giorello present War Mother’s baptism by fire with a standalone tale spiraling out of Rai’s cosmic rebellion with New Japan!

The new printing arrives October 12th.

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/17

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Alex

old-man-logan-11Old Man Logan #11 (Marvel)* Holy shit. The art in this issue is fantastic. There’s a brilliant two page spread early on that I just stared at, marveling at how interesting the layout was. And then there’s another that’s even better! In two pages, with minimal dialogue Andrea Sorrentino tells the story of the same two men fighting a similar fight fifty years apart. It’s one of the most inventive and visually interesting pieces of art I’ve seen in a long time. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Action Comics #963 (DC) There’s a human Clark Kent running around Metropolis who seems to genuinely believe he isn’t Superman. Which, considering we know he isn’t  the Superman we’ve been following since Rebirth began, is an intriguing proposition. One issue in, and this is shaping up to be a brilliant story. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

All-Star Batman #2 (DC) Despite the $4.99 price tag, this comic is so worth the money. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Souls: Legends Of The Flame #1 (Titan Comics) I wasn’t expecting this to be an anthology, but it is, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by it. The individually stories are distinct in their illustration and story telling methods, and are neatly tied together to make an in story connection to each other – and I’m sure I missed a couple more, as well. gls_cv6_dsThis comic may be aimed toward fans of the series, but it can also be enjoyed by those who have an interest in fantasy style comics. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Detective Comics #940 (DC) Wow. A must read if you’ve read the series so far.  Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Green Lanterns #6 (DC) There’s a couple of great character building moments in this issue that, for me at least, make this the stronger of the two Green Lantern titles this week. The back ad forth bickering between Simon and Jessica is entertaining, but also serves as a great narrative device to keep readers abreast of the situation while also providing a few laughs. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Kingway West #2 (Dark Horse) Not a bad issue… but it wasn’t as gripping as the first. Worth looking into if you’ve read the first issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mycroft Holmes #1 & #2 (Titan) Why haven’t I been reading this already? I picked up the first issue when it came out… and forgot about it. Then the second came around, and I grabbed it, figuring it’ll be a quick diversion. Nope – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s writing a comic that fans of the Sherlock TV show, or the movies, can expect to love. Mycroft, unlike his brother, is a likeable scoundrel who just happens to be as intelligent as the great detective. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Brett

NVRLND #2 (451 Media) – Like the first issue this is a twisted take on the classic Peter Pan tale, except Peter fronts band, Hook is drug dealer… and the drug is pixie dust. It’s an interesting take on the subject and definitely unique and entertaining. The colors and art is top notch playing off of the style of the comic really well. Well worth checking out. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

redhoto_cv2_dsRed Hood and the Outlaws #2 (DC Comics) – I’m a bit shocked at how much I’m enjoying this series. The action is constant and there’s some good humor peppered throughout. I’m not totally sold on the Red Hood undercover as a bad guy aspect, but things are still shaking out. Overall Rating: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – Lots of action and not much else. Something about this volume isn’t quite clicking yet as it’s relying too much on Jim Lee’s art, action, and humor and not giving us much else. This is close to a Michael Bay film in comic form. Overall Rating: 6.95 Recommendation: Pass

The Flash #6 (DC Comics) – This series has been picking up speed with each issue and this one has all the reveals. Holy crap is it good as writer Joshua WIlliamson his his stride here. Add in great art and this is quickly becoming a favorite of mine at DC. Overall Rating: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Wonder Woman #6 (DC Comics) – My favorite of the series so far. This issue focuses on Wonder Woman coming to the US to return Steve Trevor. Greg Rucka really plays off of the fish out of water aspect and focuses on the language barrier. It’s a small, but amazing detail. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Scooby Apocalypse #5 (DC Comics) – This series shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. It’s brainless fun. Overall Rating: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

ww-cv6_dsDeathstroke #2 (DC Comics) – Writer Christopher Priest has said we shouldn’t like Deathstroke as he’s a villain and he’s playing that up well. The issue bounces around a lot in time and locations which doesn’t quite work super well, but this one feels like it’ll come together in trade. Overall Rating: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

All-New X-Men #13 (Marvel)* – A cute issue that has Bobby trying to meet guys. It also has a clash between the young X-Men and Inhumans setting the stage for at least a bit of drama in the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mockingbird #7 (Marvel)* – I’ve generally enjoyed this series as its done well to play on humor and action. This issue slowly slides into the more serious area and the inclusion of a certain individual from Bobbi’s past has me nervous. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 (DC Comics) – I’m digging this direction and this issue has some really entertaining moments. Guy Gardner not wearing underwear anyone? We know an epic fight is around the corner, I’m just thankfully entertained until it gets here. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Green Lanterns #6 (DC Comics) – Jessica and Simon battle the Red Lanterns and there’s a lot of character development for both as they finally learn to work together. The series has been pretty good and it’s great to see these D-List Lanterns get the spotlight. They’re odd couple schtick so far is entertaining. Overall Rating: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

bgbop_cv2_dsBatgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (DC Comics) – Not a bad issue, just rather paint by numbers with scenes. Pursuit scene as they run from bad guys while in a car and on bikes? Check. The safe house being surrounded scene? Check. Characters not getting along before having to work together? Check. But, there’s some decent humor at least. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 (DC Comics) – As cute as always and very entertaining. This is a solid series still to give to that tween looking for a comic series to be theirs. Overall Rating: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image Comics) – A murder mystery in space with a rather intriguing political world thrown in? Both topics are something I dig, so not a shocker this is a comic I’m enjoying. Overall Rating: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Elana

Doom Patrol 1 (DC): Lives up to the hype and lives up the the legacy of a title that’s been dpa_cv1_bolland_varinnovative since it’s mid sixties debut. A Doom Patrol comic for 2016 with vibrant writing and art. Thoughtful, funny and weird but accessible. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy 

Jem And The Holograms #16 & 17 (IDW) Two perfect issues of Jem. Jen Bartel is one of the hottest rising starts in comics and her goth Lisa Frank art is the perfect fit for at series with a visual style that melds 90s alt nostalgia with the new wave 80s aesthetic of the classic cartoon. This story is funny and the group dynamics are right-on. Plus, the bear! They actually believably worked in the iconic wild grizzly bear that showed up in the TV show. And that is an achievement that had this veteran fan of the old cartoon laughing out loud. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Afterlife with Archie 10 (Archie Comics). Francisco Francavilla’s luridly cinematic art is the perfect fit for the introduction of a new immortal and only marginally moral Josie and the Pussycats to the dark world of Afterlife with Archie. I don’t normally read this series but the story was totally accessible to me. Some of the clothes weren’t quiet historically accurate but its all so good looking it got this stickler to not even care. A fun Interview with the Vampire spoof which is actually earned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s story. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy. Disclosure: I did lights for a play Aguirre-Sacasa wrote over a decade ago. He’s as brilliant know as he was then.

Faith #3 (Valiant). A fun, new reader-accessible issue where Faith takes her new boyfriend Archer to his first comic con. Full of legitimate comic con advice, this would actually be useful thing to give to con newbies and new comic readers alike. The meta humor totally works and as always it’s refreshing to see a hero who looks like Faith in action. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

Black Science #24 (Image)**: And I’m out. Lead character Grant McKay is so unappealing to me that I just don’t get why any of the other characters – particularly his daughter Pia – is even interested in helping him. For someone so smart, her memory is too short, which smacks of a writer who’s trying to push his own agenda instead of listening to his characters. In short, Grant has it too easy for someone who’s such a dickwad. Perhaps as blackscience_24-1well, the back half of this issue leans very heavily on having read the rest of the series so far. Since I’ve come late to this party, I don’t know what the emotional stakes are or who the players are. Nothing personal, Rick Remender, and it certainly has nothing to do with Matteo Scalera’s art. Overall: 7 Recommendation: if you’ve come this far, read, otherwise skip

Stray Bullets #18 (Image/El Capitan)**: Ah, now last issue makes sense. Putting two horrible women like Annie and Beth in the same room is like putting two scorpions in a jar – it’s fascinating to watch, you know it’s going to end badly, and you feel like a horrible person for watching, but then you go “Well, I’m not as bad as the guy who put them in the jar in the first place.” David Lapham has a genius for this kind of stuff, and for bringing out people’s true desires at the worst possible moment in the worst possible way. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse)**: More Florida daylight noir this week from Joelle Jones. Everyone wants a piece of Josie’s action in this one – geez, can’t a lady just go about killing people on her own without a bunch of men sticking their nose in her business? Actually, now that I’ve written that, I kind of wish the series would explore that casual misogyny a little more. Clearly Josie is a capable Cosmo girl of the mercenary set, and there is no reason for the men around her to encourage that sort of independence. Not that I’m disappointed in this issue, I just like this series enough to say that I would go along with it if it went further down the well. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

purgatorio02Cinema Purgatorio (Avatar)*: I’m really only buying this for the Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill lead story, which nails the Grant/Hepburn repartee so precisely and then rachets up the rot inside it in 6 tight pages. A haunted house in a haunted cinema. There are other stories in this book as well, but they’re forgettable for me, except Garth Ennis & Raulo Caceres’ “Code Pru”, in which our EMT tech has to go get the exorcism kit out of the ambulance. I like the short format here so well, Garth, that I kind of feel that any attempt at forcing a longer narrative on it is energy wasted. I’m perfectly okay with a black sitcom format where Pru and her partner veer through New York dealing with messed-up mystical emergencies. Overall: Cinema 8.5, Code Pru 8 Recommendation: Read

Captain Canuck #9 (ChapterHouse): There’s a fine line in any espionage story between being complicated and being obtuse, and Kalman Andrasofskzy doesn’t walk it very well. Case in point: the page one exposition of the history of the Redcoats has no dates. I’d’ve liked it in the story if it were clearer from the outset what all the rival factions were and who was purportedly working for whom. Also, the stakes aren’t particularly clear, so that this story looks like a bunch of infighting featuring recycled characters from another comics company. And does every superhero story now have to have them working for a shadowy superspy agency? Aside from saying that it’s set in northern Canada, nothing about this series actually seems to deal with what it would mean for a Canadian to be a superhero, or superagent, or whatever these people are supposed to be. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Northguard #2 (ChapterHouse): I’m not sure how Northguard is different from Captain Canuck – like, do they work for the same people or not? Anyway, this issue continues last issue’s mission against a mystical cult – but does it conclude it? I’m not sure. And I’m not sure what impact it has on writer Anthony Falcone’s overall story. What I am sure of is that Kebec is a terrible code name for a Québécoise supersniper. I know that it’s creator Richard Comely’s name and they’re stuck with it, but criss de câlice d’ostie de tabarnak, as we say. Also, speaking of sniping, I would appreciate it if they could get someone to edit the French that is being forced into the mouths of their francophone characters. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Ryan C

swm_cv2_dsSuperwoman #2 (DC)*: A major step backward for Phil Jimenez’ ambitious series, as confused panel layouts and poorly-staged action sequences get things rolling before a huge lull in the middle kills story’s rhythm and flow — adding insult to injury, or writer/artist finishes by giving us a reveal of the mystery “big bad” that has little, if anything, to do with Lana or Lois — who may or may not still be dead. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

Briggs Land #2 (Dark Horse)**: Family drama is the order of the day from Brian Wood and Mach Chater as our protagonist consolidates power in her breakaway sect far more easily than I would have guessed and the story slaps its obvious “Godfather Part II” influence right on its sleeve by quoting the film directly. Still pretty solid stuff on the whole, but something of a letdown after a terrific first issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image)** : The “C.O.W.L.” triumvirate of Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis take us into the future — and into outer space, to boot — with a series that seems to be staking its bets on the idea that we’re going to find a combination sci-fi mystery thriller/post-breakup domestic drama interesting. Which, I suppose, it could be, but the characters are drawn in strokes that are far too broad to be able to make that hadrianswall_01-1determination at this point. Nice to see Reis drop the “updated Sienkiewicz” look to his art and adopt a style more uniquely his own, but I’m keeping this series on a fairly short leash. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

The Fix #5 (Image)**: Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber pick up right where they left off after a short hiatus, and nothing’s changed — which is a damn good thing. Our hopelessly lame and corrupt “hero” is even more lame and corrupt than we thought, the mayor of LA is a dipshit millenial “bro,” and there’s more to the murder at the center of our story — much more, in fact — than we would have possibly imagined. I still think Spencer’s a massive dickhead, but this is a damn fun comic. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

The Forevers #1 (Black Mask)– What would one do to gain wealth and fame? This question is explored immensely within the first issue of this exciting series. As a group of friends make a black magic pact which gains them these things and more. Ten years pass, and each individual is affected by what the pact has brought them, but as we find out in the first issue, when one of them dies, the power gets spread out to the rest. Unfortunately for this group of friends, one of them figures out this and goes about killing each of them, but the-forevers-1-12which one? This is part of the mystery which makes this series very interesting already. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Jughead #9 (Archie)– Jughead has always been the best friend that all other best friends wish they were, as he has served as comic relief for his more confident friend, Archie. In the latest issue, the gang comes back to school, while Jughead struggles to understand why Archie is so girl crazy, he gets his first crush. Pops hires a new girl who moved into town as the diner ‘s mascot and instantly dazzles Jughead. Within this issue, he not only gets his first crush but also goes on his 1st date,and oh yeah, that girl is Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Valiant Wins the Internet with Cat Cosplay Covers & It Helps Raise Money for Charity

First came fire… Then the wheel… Now, after centuries of struggle, the most acclaimed publisher in comic books today is proud to present the next great advancement in human civilization: the Valiant Cat Cosplay cover!

Valiant is bringing the three capital Cs of popular culture – cats, comics, and cosplay – together for the first time anywhere in December as ordinary, household feline companions are transformed into the world’s most valiant heroes for a fur-bulous new line of shelf photo covers spanning 10 best-selling series! From teenage martial arts master Archer to reality-warping cosmonaut Divinity to sky-soaring sensation Faith and MI-6 super-spy Ninjak, each Valiant Cosplay Cover cover captures a furried friend pouncing into action as one of Valiant’s leading heroes inside a custom-built costume – tailor-made and photographed by the minds behind the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog.

Available as “order-all” covers across all of Valiant’s December 2016 series, each cover will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price:

  • A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #10
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #3 (of 4)
  • Britannia #4 (of 4)
  • Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4)
  • Faith #6
  • Generation Zero #5
  • Harbinger Renegades #2 
  • Ninjak #22
  • Savage #2 (of 4)
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

A portion of the proceeds from all Valiant Cat Cosplay covers sold will benefit the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), a New York-based non-profit that operates a beloved, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals – with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve – and to find permanent loving homes for them.

They’re intrepid! They’re fearless! They’re cats! (Lint roller not included.)

Review: Faith #3

faith_003_cover-b_sauvageMild-mannered blogger by day. L.A.’s leading superhero by night. Faith Herbert – aka the high-flying hero called Zephyr – has come a long way since she first set foot in the City of Angels. But nothing can prepare her for the pinnacle of all her experiences to date: California’s biggest comic book convention! But even amidst a sea of fellow fans, cosplayers, and collectibles, crime waits for no man! With thousands watching and even more at stake, can Faith prevent all-pandemonium – and preserve her secret identity – when the fun turns to frenzy?

I have two questions for you; 1) Do you read comics? 2) Have you ever thought about being a superhero?

If the answer is yes to one of those, then you should really think about adding Faith to your pull list. There’s a lightness to this issue that, while present all series, isn’t as frequently seen in other comics.The closest I can get to describing this series without any spoilers is that it’s Ultimate Spider-Man for a new generation – it’s a fun, upbeat and positive comic, but it’s also telling some really great stories.

Now if you’ll allow me to get a little personal, today wasn’t exactly the best of days for me (I’ll spare you the details), so when I sat down with the print copy of Faith #3 it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I was in need of a bit of a pick-me-up.

And for the ten minutes or so it took me to read the comic, I can honestly say I felt better. This was exactly what I needed after the day I had; with Faith I was able to ignore the world and get lost in the comic as the titular character attended a comic book convention with her boyfriend, the sheltered former assassin Archer. It’s a brilliant read, and I honestly cannot recommend this series to you enough.

The art in the fantasy sequences is whimsically brilliant, Pere Perez (with Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring) and  Maguerite Sauvage handle different segments of the comic, but their styles complement each other fantastically well – so well, in fact, that I’m running out of hyperbolic adjectives to describe this comic.

If you read comics, or you’re involved in geek culture in anyway, then this is the series for you. Faith reminds me why I love comics every month, and I can’t thank Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Andrew Dalhouse and Maugerite Sauvage enough for that.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Pere Perez Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Fantasy Sequence (line & colour art): Marguerite Sauvage
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I read the print version which I paid for at my comic shop. 

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