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Dive Into Vertigo with the DC Vertigo Sale!

Explore some classic Vertigo from DC Comics with the DC Vertigo Sale currently running on comiXology.

There’s 360 releases on sale now including Ex Machina, Sandman, Hellblazer, Scaled, V for Vendetta, American Vampire and so much more.

You can save up to 71% on releases it’s a fantastic sale to save on some great comics.

The sale runs until January 25 so get saving.


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DC Universe has Launched in the US

DC Universe Infinite

The ultimate DC Comics fan destination has arrived! DC Universe Infinite has launched in the U.S. The digital subscription service is a premium digital comic book platform and community. With the largest collection of DC Comics found anywhere, fans can now dive into over 25,000 comic books and graphic novels on DC Universe Infinite.

The app is the next iteration of the DC digital platform. DC Universe originally launched featuring not just comics but movies and television shows from the DC catalogue. Since that launch, those shows and movies have moved to HBO Max and other services.

Starting at launch, the platform will continuously add selections from DC’s iconic labels, VertigoDC Black Label, and Milestone Media, the platform will also feature new comic releases six months after their in-store releases, as well as, Digital First titles available three months after launch, and brand new comic titles exclusive to DC Universe Infinite. Additionally, fans will soon have exclusive access to DC fan events to connect with other DC enthusiasts.

Following the U.S. launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally later this year.

DC Universe Infinite is a newly designed app with updated personalization features and an enhanced comic reading experience. Current DC Universe subscribers will not need to create a new account, as their DC Universe login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite. Fans can download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite devices from a smartphone or tablet.

DC Universe Infinite Features

Dive Into Vertigo with the DC Vertigo Sale!

Explore some classic Vertigo from DC Comics with the DC Vertigo Sale currently running on comiXology.

There’s 360 releases on sale now including Ex Machina, Sandman, Hellblazer, Scaled, V for Vendetta, American Vampire and so much more.

You can save up to 71% on releases it’s a fantastic sale to save on some great comics.

The sale runs until January 25 so get saving.


This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Skeletons From My Stack: Goddess Mode

Goddess Mode

Welcome to another edition of Skeletons from my Stack. A review series wherein I finally get around to reading graphic novels that have been sitting on the “to-be-read” stack on my nightstand for far too long. Thanks to a three day holiday weekend, I finally had a chance to read Goddess Mode. This limited series, written by Zoë Quinn and drawn by Robbi Rodriguez, was on my radar well before the first issue hit stands. Unfortunately, with all the other comics I was reading, I couldn’t afford to buy it in single issues. At the time, and outside of my review projects, I read titles by DC Comics exclusively, and as excited as I was for this unique series, I had no choice but to wait for the trade paperback. Meanwhile, the pandemic occurred and shutdown comic book production and shipments. Once things started to open back up, there was still a lull between my comic book store reopening and Diamond resuming shipments. Making the most out of a bad situation, I was finally able to purchase a copy of the Goddess Mode trade paperback from my local comic book shop.

Goddess Mode takes place half in the real world and half in the completely digital world of Azoth. In the technological realm of Azoth, science meets magic as Oracles battle against Daemons. Oracles, people whose minds have been dragged into Azoth, possess abilities unique to themselves. In order to escape from Azoth, an Oracle must defeat a Daemon, the dark pieces of corrupt code that feed on human suffering. The trade paperback starts with two pages that present the background details I just described in a clever play on a FAQ web page. Unfortunately, this section may have been misplaced. The beginning of this comic not only has really slow pacing but has little to do with the info provided on the first two pages. Further, many of the pieces of information that are mentioned in the opening FAQ are then restated in the first dozen dialogue-heavy pages.

“IF THEY WANT TO BE RELENTLESS, WE CAN BE DAUNTLESS”

The pace picks up soon after, though the book continues to be dialogue heavy. Quinn uses her wordy script to explore her characters. The amount of character development she manages, while still moving the plot forward and sprinkling in elements of mystery, is quite impressive. The Oracles were my favorite part of this mini-series. Unfortunately, by the end of the book, the Oracles don’t get the treatment they deserved. I found the climax to be very confusing. I re-read the last two issues twice, and I still can’t adequately explain the story’s true central conflict, the answer to the overarching mystery, or the Oracles’ true role in Azoth.

I love the contrast of colors between digital Azoth and the analog real world. The neon bright colors Rico Renzi uses for Azoth pop off the page. I also loved Robbi Rodriguez’s character designs. Every Oracle is unique and has their own distinct attitude that’s obvious just from the way they’re drawn. I got the best kind of cyberpunk Sailor Moon vibe (minus the matching school girl outfits) from the Oracles as I read through the book. Simon Bowland is due commemoration for his lettering skills. He not only has to fit a lot of dialogue into most panels, but has to do it across multiple fonts and formats. I do wish the action scenes were drawn a little clearer, specifically the Oracles using their special powers. Most of the fights wind up being talking heads and blurred bodies. When the Oracles use their powers, it’s not always obvious which one’s abilities are manifesting. Other times they use their powers in the background of a panel and the details become so small that it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

“WHEN LIFE IS DOING ITS DAMNDEST TO KILL YOU, EVERY DAY YOU SURVIVE IS A VICTORY.”

Goddess Mode’s story is entertaining but it struggles tonally. Quinn never really finds a balance between elements of mystery and action/adventure. The character development is great but the story itself winds up being confusing. The characters look great when they’re standing still but the visual quality and clarity declines when they’re drawn in motion. Luckily, the colors and lettering keep panels looking interesting even when it becomes hard to tell what’s going on. All in all, I’m glad I finally got around to reading this Skeleton from my Stack, but I don’t think I’d ever choose to read Goddess Mode a second time.

Story: Zoë Quinn Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Colors: Rico Renzi Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 3.5 Art: 5.0 Overall: 4.3


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Review: American Carnage #9

American Carnage #9

Everything has a cost and the choices you make in life yield unknown future results. Everybody wants something. But, one doesn’t really understand until you get that something what all that it comes with. There are many analogies that are used when talking about this. The most popular being “the grass is greener on the other side”. What it really is, is called ennui.

As the reality sets in that you don’t know everything a sense of regret sets in. Then you also decide what you need to do to get what you want. Sometimes, the cost may be too much. In American Carnage #9, the final issue of the relevant series, Richard sits on the precipice of good and evil, and his next steps will show what he will do for good.

We open up on Richard warning Jennifer of the coup within her father’s organization. We also find the masked man attempting to trap Sheila, leaving him dead and, Sheila injured. Richard shows up to the Morgan Mansion when he realizes that she was part of the problem, as he kills her, knowing that is the only thing that may bring balance. By the issue‘s end, Sheila makes a fateful decision, one that leaves everyone in a different place.

Overall, American Carnage #9 is a shocking final issue that gives us a resolution. It’s an ending that won’t sit right with those looking for happy endings. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is exceptional. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows just how divided America really is.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: American Carnage #8

American Carnage (2018-2019) #8

The thing about plans is that they normally don’t work out the way we want them to. Sometimes it turns out better than we expected. Then there are the ones that go sideways, the worst-case scenario times ten, and we feel we underestimated the situation. Sometimes that worst-case scenario is someone dying.

When I was in the military this was more than a common occurrence. It was a fact of life. We would go into missions trying to predict every single outcome. It was practically a crapshoot. There are always unpredictable variables. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #8, Wright’s plan quickly goes awry.

We open up on Richard with the masked man as they break up a drug deal. That finds him ultimately giving Jennifer’s friend over to Sheila. We also find Sheila, with her boss George, who is trying to find out how she is getting her intel prompting him to ask for a meet with Richard. Jennifer, struggling with who her father is and who Richard is, is at a crossroads. That crossroads pushes her to make a timely decision. By the issue‘s end, Sheila reaches out to the masked man to move a piece off the chessboard.

Overall, American Carnage #8 is an astonishing entry that serves as a great penultimate issue. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is excellent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that puts everything on edge in this installment.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: American Carnage #7

American Carnage #7

There is power in telling the stories of those afflicted by vices like drugs. I remember reading the classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” as a kid, and not quite grasping why Tony Stark struggled. That was until I saw how addiction ravaged my neighborhood and how it transformed regular human beings into shadows of themselves. Then I saw how alcoholism destroyed not only lives but families.

It is always admirable when one recovers from addiction. The road back is never easy but can be attained. What most people don’t realize is that anything can trigger them. The pain of temptation beckons them without no warning. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #7, Wright risks everything to stop one addict from falling abandon but might trigger himself in the process.

We open up on Richard meeting Jennifer at Wynn’s house where she asks him for a favor. It’s a favor which may be too much for him. We also find Sheila getting caught with Richard where she reminds him that helping Jennifer is not part of the assignment. Richard decides to help anyway but someone got to her friend first leading to another encounter with Wynn’s muscle man. By the issue‘s end, Sheila is dealing with new attention that may derail the case.

Overall, American Carnage #7 is an extraordinary issue that adds another dimension to the story. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is shining. The art by the creative team is incredible. Altogether, a story that adds a few crime noir elements to this issue.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: American Carnage #6

AMERICAN CARNAGE #6

Omar Epps is one of those actors, whose sheer magnetism makes for must-watch television. Everything he usually is in is well written and typically showcases his characters in a strong light. The first I remembered seeing him was in the 90s classic, Juice. It starred a burgeoning actor/rapper, named Tupac Shakur and Epps played the protagonist in that film.

Epps would go on to star in many other features. He’d occasionally work in television, as his run on House, was as long as the main star. One of my favorite movies, by him, was the severely underrated In Too Deep. He played an undercover cop, whose work would blur the lines of reality, leading him on an unexpected path. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #6, Wright is also ensnared in this criminal enterprise, and the only way he can destroy it is from within.

We open up on Morgan, espousing his philosophy to Richard, trying t show why he thinks how he does and why his organization is the future of America. We also find Richard trying to stave off any rumblings of a civil war, by carefully making those who are disgruntled, know their place. Richard eventually comes to the realization that he must cross a line that pushes the legality of the case. By the issue‘s end, Richard finally tells Jennifer, the truth, a decision that may lead to deadly consequences.

Overall, American Carnage #6 is an exceptional issue, which adds a layer of danger for our protagonist. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is brilliant. The art by the creative team is amazing. Altogether, a story that is too close to our reality, which is why this a must-read.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: American Carnage #5

American Carnage #5

24 is one of those shows which draws you in with its always relevant stories and how they made the stakes so real. Kiefer Sutherland’s performance was even-keeled yet pointed. Each season puts the viewer in the passenger side while evoking all the palace intrigue viewers have come to enjoy and all the action, television can put on the screen. The show’s real stars were its villains.

Each season brought its own dangers and villains, each one more insidious than the previous season. One of the most intriguing seasons was when they were fighting an insidious force within the presidency. Our heroes found a way to fight off the books and with no help. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #5, Curry’s actions catch wind of some very interested parties.

We open up on Sheila being called for a meeting with someone who just so happens to be one of Morgan’s associates, looking to cut a deal so that they could unleash their plans. We also find Richard being questioned by Morgan trying to elicit what his true intentions are. Richard reaches out to Sheila, to let her know, he is about to cross a line as it is the only way to take down Morgan. By the issue‘s end, Richard has proven himself but the line may have become blurred because of it.

Overall, American Carnage #5 is an excellent issue, which pushes our protagonists to the edge. The story by Hill is exceptional. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, a story that gets even murkier.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White and Ben Oliver
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: American Carnage #4

AMERICAN CARNAGE #4

Edward Norton is one of those actors whose presence on onscreen is understated but resonant. The way he underplays most of his characters makes viewing them a pleasure as he understands the story is what makes the story. Most people don’t know that he co-wrote Frida, the movie about much-heralded and immortal Frida Kahlo. One of my favorite movies by him is Rounders, a movie where he showed his vulnerability.

Where I actually found about him was in American History X. It showed how a reformed Nazi had to reckon with his past. Though the movie had some tough scenes to watch, it showed the power of redemption. In the brilliantly crafted American Carnage #4, Wright finally infiltrates the organization which is much like in American History X, leading to some uncomfortable truths.

We open up on Jennifer Morgan talking to the police, as the detective assigned to the case, trying to assess if this was racially motivated and why. We eventually find out that Wynn might have dissension in the ranks, as what happened to Jennifer, maybe some type of message. Richard eventually reaches out to Sheila, who implores him to agitate the situation By the issue‘s end, someone guns down Richard, as what comes next is only that more complicated

Overall, a grand issue, American Carnage #4 changes the definition of “pulse-pounding”. The story by Bryan Edward Hill is outstanding. The art by the creative team is astonishing. Altogether, a story that may mean the end for one character.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, and Ben Oliver
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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