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Underrated: Revolver

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: Revolver



Published by Vertigo, Revolver was written and drawn by Matt Kindt in 2010, and as near as I can tell was released as a graphic novel first. The wonderful hardcover collection in my hands will set you back around $24.99 at full price, but I picked up a used copy in a sale at my LCS for about $2 (I paid for this out of my own pocket, and happily so).

revolver.jpgSo what’s the story about?

Stuck in a dead-end job with a boss he can’t stand and a materialistic girlfriend, Sam rises from a late night of barhopping to discover his whole world has changed. Literally.An avian flu outbreak has killed millions, the nation’s infrastructure has crashed and a dirty bomb has destroyed Seattle. Forced to go on the run, Sam awakes to a normal world the next day – and to chaos again the day after that. A single constant between the two worlds will undo all the damage, if he can find it – but that seems impossible. In one world, anything goes. In the other, he’s out of danger and sleepwalking through life. So Sam’s got an even bigger problem: Which world to choose?

Taken from the Vertigo website, the above text is also located on the back of the book, but that wasn’t what sold me on the book. The entire reason I picked this up is because the story was written by Matt Kindt, who is one of my favourite writers in comics today. That it was also $2 was the icing on a very lovely cake for your humble writer.

Revolver can perhaps best be described as a slight blend between  the inverse of Groundhog Day and Fight Club where the protagonist wakes up one day in the normal world, and the next day he wakes up in a post apocalyptic world after several bombs have gone off, and the power is failing. The obvious question asked is which of the two worlds our protagonist wants to live in by the end of the book as a choice has to be made.

revolver_043.jpgKindt takes a somewhat unlikeable office worker on a somewhat introspective journey as he explores what living truly is. Is it a life where you go through the motions because you have to, or is it a life where you need to feel a sense of purpose (not necessarily the danger inherent in the post apocalyptic world). Revolver was far more interesting a read than I expected, but it’s when you sit down and just think about the book afterwards that you realize just how deep a story it actually is. The minimalist art only helps in that regard, with subtle shades of colour helping you differentiate between which world we’re joining the protagonist in.

This isn’t my favourite Matt Kindt story I’ve read all year, but it is one that I think fans of science fiction will enjoy.


 

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.

Review: Imaginary Fiends #2

Melba is assigned to her first case, investigating a series of child disappearances in rural Georgia. As Melba and Agent Crockett uncover clues about the horror gripping the residents, Melba must resist both the temptation to escape into the real world after spending seven years locked up and the terrible appetite of the newly unleashed Polly Peachpit, Melba’s own personal psychic parasite—a massive spider-human only Melba can see, but is far from imaginary.

Rookie agent Melba has a lot to learn about solving child disappearances in Imaginary Fiends #2. By focusing on her bond with Polly Peachpit writer Tim Seely shows that Melba has a lot to offer the investigation. The series does well to emphasize that Melba gets another taste of freedom in exchange for that insight. That creates an interesting dynamic between her, Polly, and Agent Crockett. In this issue we also get the hint that Agent Crockett appears to have more knowledge about the imaginary beings then initially hinted at. We also get a bit more about Melba and her past.

The art by Stephen Molnar merges reality and imaginary as the investigation unfolds. The art gives us a nice view of a frightened small-town in Kentucky and the every day life in the process. The art does an excellent job of blending the fantastical and the grounded.

In two issues the series has given us a nice twist on the police procedural in a world that feels both realistic and a bit scary.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Stephen Molnar
Color: Quinton Winter Cover: Richard Pace
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics 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.

Actions Comics #994 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold and Superman… nuff said.

Batman: Creature of the Night #2 (DC Comics) – The second part of this series which explores the idea that Batman is just a story that inspires.

Bonehead #1 (Image Comics) – Any new Image series has us interested in checking it out.

Chasing Hitler #2 (Red 5 Comics) – Two soldiers are chasing Hitler who didn’t take his life at the end of WWII. An interesting debut and we’re looking forward to the second.

Detective Comics #971 (DC Comics) – The Victim Syndicate is on the move for what feels like a great follow up arc from their debut.

Doomsday Clock #2 (DC Comics) – The epic continues!

Eternity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – An epic from Matt Kindt continuing from his the amazing concepts from Divinity.

Eugenic #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The final issue of this series which is a fascinating think piece about society.

Hawkman Found #1 (DC Comics) – Get the scoop on the return(ish) of this character with this “Dark Nights” tie-in!

Imaginary Fiends #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue was interesting and had a world where imaginary characters exist and they’re a bit evil.

Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 (IDW Publishing) – The series is already cancelled but we want to see where the next chapter for G.I. Joe goes!

Spider-Men II #5 (Marvel) – The miniseries wraps up and we’re excited to see where it goes from here!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1 (Marvel) – Learn more about the mysterious planet!

Tick 2017 #2 (New England Comics) – Enjoying the new Amazon series? Check out this brand new series with Cullen Bunn writing!

X-O Manowar (2017) #10 (Valiant Entertainment) – Writer Matt Kindt has been putting together an epic here. Definitely a series that’s not to be missed.

 

Review: Imaginary Fiends #1

“Polly Peachpit.” Those were the words ten-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls, MN. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to.

Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her eighteenth birthday. Tomorrow, she’ll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow, her real sentence will begin.

That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds of the impressionable and weak. These things, called IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) feed on compliance. They convince hosts to do things for them, and the more they feed, the stronger they become. More IMPs stream into the world each day, invisible to everyone but his or her hosts.

After years of drugs and counseling, Polly and Melba have developed a unique relationship—and to Crockett, this relationship represents something her people can work with. In exchange for release from prison, Crockett asks Melba (and Polly) to serve as IMP hunters. For Melba, it’s a chance to prove that she’s innocent, convinced to murder by a monster…a monster she must now unleash.

Writer Tim Seeley creates a paranormal tale with Imaginary Fiends, filled with mystery, interdimensional beings, and murder. Along with the rather creepy beings, we’re also treated to disturbing nursery style rhymes in the process. Seeley does an excellent job of creating the setting and setting up the story to come with its focus on Melba and her situation in a mental hospital until she’s paid a visit and given an offer she can’t refuse.

The art by Stephen Molnar shifts as the settings shift, and things in Melba’s live go from innocence to incarceration. Molnar brings in a lighter, and brighter color scheme in Melba’s youth which contrasts with various shades of grey as she lives in the mental health facility. This shifts again as she moves into her new role. The art sets up the Melba’s mood in a way.

The first issue delivers an interesting set up that mixes together horror with a more traditional detective setting.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Stephen Molnar Cover: Richard Pace
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Astro City #49

Astro City #49

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Brent Eric Anderson (CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The story of Resistor, who’s making headlines all across the nation. And one reporter is determined to find out the truth – not simply to report it, but to find her missing father. A story of protest and power, love and loss, and an enigmatic, ever-changing hero.

Review: Imaginary Fiends #1

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 a new Vertigo series!

Imaginary Fiends #1 is by Tim Seeley, Stephen Molnar, and Richard Pace.

Get your copy in comic shops today. 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 TFW

 

 

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Preview: Imaginary Fiends #1

Imaginary Fiends #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Stephen Molnar (CA) Richard Pace
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Polly Peachpit.” Those were the words ten-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls, MN. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to.
Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her eighteenth birthday. Tomorrow, she’ll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow, her real sentence will begin.

That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds of the impressionable and weak. These things, called IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) feed on compliance. They convince hosts to do things for them, and the more they feed, the stronger they become. More IMPs stream into the world each day, invisible to everyone but his or her hosts.

After years of drugs and counseling, Polly and Melba have developed a unique relationship-and to Crockett, this relationship represents something her people can work with. In exchange for release from prison, Crockett asks Melba (and Polly) to serve as IMP hunters. For Melba, it’s a chance to prove that she’s innocent, convinced to murder by a monster…a monster she must now unleash.

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.

Action Comics #992 (DC Comics) – With “The Oz Effect” over, we’re intrigued to see where this series goes as that story attacked the very hope Superman is built on.

The Apocalypse Girl #1 (Amigo Comics) – Metis is 16, has all these problems and more. Because, on top of that, the End of the World happened and she has to cope with bloodthirsty demons and a 4,000-years old, critical, undead mom! This just sounds awesome.

Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1 (Archie Comics) – We’ve read it, it’s awesome. Check out our early review.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 (DC Comics) – Out! Out! Our favorite Demon is back in a new limited series. The first issue is intriguing and should be fun for long time fans of the character.

Detective Comics #969 (DC Comics) – Kicking off “Fall of the Batmen.” That title alone has us taking notice.

Doomsday Clock #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve already posted multiple reviews, but this is THE comic of the week. After lots of build up the world of Watchmen and DC collide.

Doppleganger #1 (Alterna Comics) – Dennis’ grip on reality fully unravels when an evil version of himself begins to torment him. Alterna has been doing an awesome job with their newsprint line of comics and this is a brand new one to check out. Just $1.50 people!

Eleanor & the Egret #5 (AfterShock) – Amazing art and beyond adorable story. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Gregory Suicide (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel taking on clones and a story that spirals in paranoia. A solid read with some really cool art.

Imaginary Fiends #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Imaginary friends that also want you to kill. The procedural meets… well, we’re not quite sure. First issue is a great set up in what will be an interesting twist on the police genre.

Long Lost #1 (Scout Comics) – Stranger Things meets Ghost World in Long Lost, the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden there, with all roads leading back to their enigmatic, secretive mother

Motor Girl #10 (Abstract Studios) – The final issue of the series. We’re sad already.

Rugrats #2 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – We loved the cartoon. We loved the first issue. We’re getting our Rugrats fix, how about you? A comic that’s great for kids and their parents looking for nostalgia.

Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #2 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer continues to expand in this series. Jeff Lemire people!!!

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 (Marvel) – 90s nostalgia, nuff said.

Star Wars #39 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics you’re missing out on great action and a fantastic extension of the world. If you’re a fan of the movies and not reading these, you’re really missing out.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #13 (IDW Publishing) – Post “First Strike” Optimus heads into the Cybertronian wilderness to search for the first new life in four million years. These types of stories tend to really stand out.

Void Trip #1 (Image Comics) – The story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria.

WWE #11 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a fan of wrestling, these comics are a must.

X-O Manowar #9 (Valiant Entertainment) – One of the best series out there today.

 

 

Around the Tubes

Justice League is out in the theaters! Who has already seen it? Who’s planning on seeing it? Sound off in the comments below! While you contemplate all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Marvel Cancels Powers and United States OF Murder Inc. – Is anyone surprised?

The Beat – Liam Sharp to revive The Brave and the Bold for DC in February – Nice. That’s a series a lot of folks wanted to see return.

Engadget – Hollywood strikes back against illegal streaming Kodi add-ons – And the battle continues.

CBR – Christopher Tolkien Resigns as Tolkien Estate Director – This is a pretty big deal.

The Outhouse – Film Adaptation Of Vertigo’s The Kitchen Gets Tiffany Haddish – Great comic if you’ve never read it.

 

Reviews

CBR – Coyotes #1

The Beat – Imaginary Friends #1

Talking Comics – Moon Knight #188

Comic Attack – Ninja-K #1

Preview: American Way: Those Above and Below #4

American Way: Those Above and Below #4

(W) John Ridley (A/CA) Georges Jeanty
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Civil unrest intensifies following the radical anti-establishment violence and the attempted assassination of Missy Devereaux. Jason is pushed to balance his allegiances and assess his priorities as he tracks Missy’s superhuman assailant and federal authorities hone in on Amber’s cell. Radically unafraid of the looming threat, Amber’s commitment to the cause inches closer to a death wish-and a devastating betrayal may grant it.

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