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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Curbed NY – New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition is an ode to the subway in comic form – This is pretty cool.



Talking Comics – Hawkman #1

Comic Attack – Plastic Man #1

The Beat – Space Boy Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Venom #2

Cosmic Ghost Rider Inspires Variant Covers in September

He took the world by storm when he made his debut in last year’s Thanos #13, and now Marvel is celebrating the Cosmic Ghost Rider with a series of special order all variant covers that feature Marvel’s breakout character battling different heroes of the Marvel Universe!

Look for Marvel’s Cosmic Ghost Rider order all variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #5 by Nick Bradshaw
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #6 by Paul Renaud
  3. Astonishing X-Men #15 by AKCHO
  4. Avengers #7 by Ema Lupacchino
  5. Avengers #8 by Mike McKone
  6. Black Panther #4 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. Captain America #3 by Patrick Zircher
  8. Deadpool #4 by Todd Nauck
  9. Doctor Strange #5 by Julian Totino Tedesco
  10. Fantastic Four #2 by Tom Raney
  11. Immortal Hulk #5 by RAHZZAH
  12. Immortal Hulk #6 by Brent Schoonover
  13. Sentry #4 by Vanesa Del Rey
  14. Thanos Legacy #1 by Dave Johnson
  15. Thor #5 by Ema Lupacchino
  16. Tony Stark: Iron Man #4 by David Nakayama
  17. Venom #6 by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado
  18. Weapon H #7 by Chris Stevens
  19. X-23 #4 by Yasmine Putri
  20. X-Men Red #8 by Jamal Campbell

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 order all variant covers, coming to comic shops this September!

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Comicbook – Stan Lee’s Former Lawyer Appointed As Guardian – Hopefully he gets the care he needs.

The Comichron – Amazing Spider-Man #800, Walking Dead anniversary box set lead reorder charts – This is not too surprising.



The Beat – Blackbird Days

Talking Comics – Sword Daughter #1

IGN – Venom #2

Review: Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Spider-Man and Venom!

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. collects Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Alpha and Omega, Amazing Spider-Man #792-793, and Venom #159-160 by Dan Slott, Mike Costa, Ryan Stegman, Gerardo Sandoval, and Brian Reber.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on May 22nd. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



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Review: Venom #1

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – Venom! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock!

Venom restarts with a new number one that’s frankly fantastic. Writer Donny Cates kicks things off with some mysterious flashbacks and a bit of insertion of history and delivers a comic that feels like it breaks from the normal Venom formula and delivers something that’s new and interesting.

The issue opens with a flashback and nightmare of sorts with a style that’s more reminiscent of something we might see from Esad Ribic. From there we get running as Eddie must deal with his symbiote which is having some issues in both its function and… is afraid!? Eddie’s attached to an alien and that alien is having some issues. How does Eddie deal? What’s going on? That’s the mystery that drives this first issue.

Cates humanizes the alien in ways I haven’t seen before (not that I’ve read every Venom comic) and it’s actually interesting. I at times felt sympathy for what is essentially alien goop. The creative team seems to have spent a lot of time focusing on “humanizing” this pivotal piece instead of just focusing things through Eddie and saying “we” all the time. That humanizing of the alien is juxtaposed with Eddie himself who is struggling to stay under control and not let the beast out. This trauma is something I hope Cates explores more as the two concepts pulling against each other creates an interesting mix.

Cates also adds in some history of the symbiotes on Earth and while it feels a little shoehorned it’s also entertaining  and rather interesting. While it’s something I feel like we’ve seen a few times, there’s a weaving of this reveal into Marvel’s history that works and does so well. It’s hard to discuss more of this as this is a direction I wasn’t expecting and the results of it all is what I enjoyed. Going in cold it felt fresh and was rather surprising.

The art is fantastic. Ryan Stegman delivers the pencils with inks by JP Mayer and color by Frank Martin and it all together comes together in a way that is absolutely stunning. I’ve enjoyed Stegman’s work but this issue is some of the best I’ve seen from him. The depiction of Brock at times, you see a broken man who is near bottom and trying to start over. There’s a horror sense of it all with great use of inks to create shadows and build tension. That’s all helped by Clayton Cowles‘ lettering which too emphasizes the emotion from the symbiote and is particularly interesting when an alien language is introduced.

There’s a lot packed in here and it works really well delivering an issue that has a fresh aspect to it all that’s entertaining and will get you questioning the relationship between Eddie and his alien pal. There’s some solid questions asked and good reveals that are interesting each in their own way. This first issue builds upon what has come before and does so in a way that honors that past and takes us into a new direction and future where Venom will become more than the monstrous version of Spider-Man who occasionally is a hero and eats people. This is a Venom I’m finding interesting and can’t wait to see where this all goes.

I’m not normally a fan of Venom but this first issue has really caught my attention and could easily make me one.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Stegman
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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


Top Pick: Venom #1 (Marvel) – Cates and Stegman on Venom! Yes! I am so excited for this book. The last run of Venom had its moments, but this looks like classic scary Venom mixed with the sometimes good guy inside. Can’t wait!

Barrier #1 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – The team behind Private Eye, Vaughn and Martin reunite for a new title. Hell yes. This is a reprint of their web series they released before about illegal immigration and much more. It sounds awesome.

Runaways #9 (Marvel) – This is consistently one of my favorite reads every week and I’m glad to physically pull this book. If you’re a fan of the two old comic runs of this series or coming from the Hulu series there’s something to love.

Despicable Deadpool #300 (Marvel) – What a run it has been, Duggan! This is a super-sized issue to celebrate the merc with the mouth and Duggan’s farewell issue. I expect a lot of ridiculous humor and wtf moments.

Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics) – I’m excited to see what they do with this new crazy multiple team approach to Justice League and how the series moves forward. The Justice League brand needs improvement and a way to get back to its glory days, so here’s hoping this is where it starts.



Old Man Logan #39 (Marvel) – I get the sense that with Wolverine returning to the Marvel universe that Old Man Logan’s time on this world is coming to a close – especially with his healing factor on the fritz. Watching the slow decline of an alternate version of one of my favorite characters is oddly enthralling.

Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch #1 (Titan) – I have no reason to want to read this beyond the cover, but sometimes that’s all that it take to pull you into a previously unfamiliar world…



Top Pick: Nuclear Winter Vol. 1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’ve read this cute graphic novel and it’s awesome. Basically a nuclear power plant blew and things are irradiated. So, how do you live under a nuclear winter? Find out in what I’m hoping will be many more volumes to come.

Barrier #2 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – Joe picked the first issue and I’m going with the second. You should get both of these!! The series is amazing and an absolute must read.

Oblivion Song #3 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – The first two issue have been fantastic so far and the detail and use of real world situations have been brilliant.

Southern Bastards #20 (Image Comics) – A gut punch of an issue that had me tense throughout as I turned each page.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #2 (IDW Publishing) – The Mirror Universe comes over to the main one in this weekly series. The first issue was great and them mystery deepens. It’s a little slow but fantastic Star Trek for those that love the Mirror Universe.


Preview: Venom #1

Venom #1

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $4.99

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!

Preview: Venom #165

Venom #165

(W) Mike Costa (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• As Eddie and the symbiote find themselves less trusting of one another than ever before, a new enemy emerges and threatens to tear the two of them apart…and not just from each other!
• IN THIS ISSUE: Startling revelations that set the stage for the Venom epic of the fall!

Preview: Venom #164

Venom #164

Story: Mike Costa
Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Scott Hanna
Color: Dono Sanchez-Almara
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Ryan Stegman, Morry Hollowell
Venom 30th Anniversary Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor: Devin Lewis
Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• EDDIE BROCK, together with his symbiote partner, is VENOM! But just when things seemed like they were going back to normal, Eddie learns a terrible truth: the symbiote has been keeping a secret from him.
• And after years together, this is the one secret that their relationship might not bounce back from…
• The march to Venom’s 30th Anniversary starts HERE!

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