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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Killer: Affairs of the State #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Aquamen #1 (DC Comics) – DC looks to have some big plans for the Aquaman corner of their universe and things really begin to pick up with this new series which brings a lot of different plotlines together it looks like.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – Ben Reilly has been a character that has been hit and miss, so we were shocked at how blown away we were by this first issue. We’re hoping for more.

BRZRKR #7 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been full of action but also a lot of heart as well.

Carnage Forever #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 30 years of Carnage. What’s coming? We’ll maybe get some answers here.

Dark Ages #5 (Marvel) – This event has been fantastic so far. Our heroes begin their assault on Europe to stop Apocalypse and with deaths already everything is on the table as far as what’s next.

DC vs. Vampires #5 (DC Comics) – When last we left it, it was the Justice League vs. Batman and Green Arrow. Who’s a vampire in the Justice League? We’ll find out!

Ghost Rider #1 (Marvel) – The character has had a rough go for a while but this sounds like a clean slate of a start that hopefully will put Ghost Rider more front and center like he should be.

Glamorella’s Daughter #4 (Literati Press) – A fantastic spin on the superhero genre. There’s solid heart and solid laughs.

The Harbinger #5 (Valiant) – Valiant is getting their world back in order and this series, along with Shadowman, feels like it’s going to play a major role in what’s to come. With a movie now again in the works, this is one to keep an eye on.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We love this series about a European hitman. Think James Bond but without the imperialist bullshit.

Step By Bloody Step #1 (Image Comics) – A wordless comic by Simon Spurrier, Matheus Lopes, and Matias Bergara featuring an armored giant and helpless child. We’re intrigued to check this one out as it hits the nostalgia button and wordless comics can be very hit or miss.

Snow Angels Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – If you missed this series as single issues when comiXology Originals released it, here’s your chance to discover this frozen sci-fi horror series.

Supermassive (Image Comics) – Image is getting a superhero world spinning out of Radiant Black and things really kick off here.

Task Force Z #5 (DC Comics) – The concept of an undead Suicide Squad might sound silly but it has worked so far and last issue left us with a lot of questions we want answers to!

We Ride Titans #2 (Vault Comics) – Giant piloted mechs protect against kaiju, we’ve seen that before. But, this series focuses on the dysfunctional family that manages and pilots one of those mechs.

Review: We Ride Titans #1

We Ride Titans #1

Pacific Rim seems to have launched (or been part of the wave) of the resurgence of stories featuring giant robots fighting kaiju. Many of them are just spins on the same story, giant creature attacks and a giant robot fights back. They’re entertaining in that popcorn way, not much thought, enjoy the fight. But, there’s a few that have stood out due to the fact they deliver something slightly different. We Ride Titans #1 looks like it’s going to be one of those stories that stands out if the debut issue is any indication.

Written by Tres Dean, the story revolves around the Hobbs family who pilot the mech that protects New Hyperion. The current pilot, Dej, has a drinking problem and causes a massive amount of destruction while battling the latest monster, while he’s drunk. Enter Kit, his estranged sister, who is called back into service by their parents while Dej deals with his issues. Dean delivers the usual battles but the focus on the pilots and those in charge and their dysfunction is what makes this debut issue stand out from such similar general concepts.

Screwed up pilots isn’t anything that’s new. It’s something that seems to be a regular part of the story for the latest wave. The troubled pilot who then saves the day seems to be a given. We Ride Titans #1 though, feels like it’s mostly going to focus on that family dynamic. The relationship of siblings and their parents is at the center of the story, not the threat that they face. The monster isn’t some physical thing, it’s their issues as a family. That’s different and interesting. How do you deal with your own issues while also having so many others rely on your protection? That seems to be where Dean is going with it all.

The art by Sebastian Píriz is solid. With color by Dee Cunniffe and lettering by Jim Campbell, what’s presented is very smart as far as the story that’s being told. Yes, the comic begins with a big battle, but its’ focus to start is the pilot Dej. The art focuses in on him as he struggles to fight and struggles with the messages he’s receiving from command. It’s not about the battle itself, it’s the battle Dej is having with himself. There’s an almost stripped down aspect to it that doesn’t go for flashy fighting and keeps things focused where it should, on the characters, exactly like the first issue does.

We Ride Titans #1 is a solid start to the series. It delivers something new from a genre that was getting a little played out. There’s tension and a lot of dynamics that are easy to relate to. As expected, this is a debut to make sure to grab from the shelf and absolutely check out the second issue when it arrives.

Story: Tres Dean Art: Sebastian Píriz
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dark Ages #4

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (Roaring Brook Press) – Great graphic novels for kids that are full of lessons and funny enough parents will enjoy it too.

Batgirls #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was kinetic fun. Fun being the operative word.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (Marvel) – “Devil’s Reign” has been fantastic and this series focused on Elektra/Daredevil has us excited to see what this chapter brings.

Dark Ages #4 (Marvel) – This alternate world has been awesome so far. With technology/electronics on the fritz, the heroes must take on Apocalypse who might have an answer to the world’s problems.

Devil’s Reign: Superior Four #1 (Marvel) – Doc Ock in his “superior” phase has been great and it looks like we’re getting “superior” versions of well known characters from across the multiverse in his latest machinations.

Falconspeare (Dark Horse) – We’re Mike Mignola fans and love his comics, so an entire graphic novel by him and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell gets us to take notice.

Glam Prix Racers: Back on Track (Feiwel & Friends) – The first volume was My Little Pony meets Mario Kart for kids but we loved it too! We’re excited to check out the second race of the Glam Prix Cup on GLittergear Island!

Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics) – Joe Hill’s novella gets a comic adaptation and we gave it a glowing review.

The Last Session #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – Friends get back together to finish their roleplaying campaign but a new player threatens to derail the experience.

Robin & Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Great story but it’s the jaw-dropping art that has us sucked in.

The Scorched #1 (Image Comics) – Todd McFarlane has been expanding his Spawn universe and we get our first team book!

Space Cadet #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – A young kid dreams of going to the Moon. One night he wakes up on the lunar surface! Luckily, there’s a friendly astronaut there to give a tour.

Sports is Hell (Silver Sprocket) – If you’ve never read Ben Passmore’s graphic novel, here’s your chance in a new printing with a new publisher.

We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics) – A dysfunctional family are the ones who pilot the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju.

Maniacs, Legions, Hyperborea, and Debuts are this Week’s Comic Highlights

There’s a lot of comics that come out every week and we’re kicking off a new regular feature where we highlight some of the interesting comics and debuts coming each week!

We want to hear what you want with this so let us know your thoughts in the comments.

This week’s highlights:

  • Dark Ages #4 (Marvel)
  • Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics)
  • Justice League vs. The Legion of Superheroes #1 (DC Comics)
  • Maniac of New York The Bronx is Burning #2 (AfterShock)
  • Odinn’s Eye #5 (Bad Idea)
  • Robin and Batman #3 (DC Comics)
  • Scorched #1 (Image Comics)
  • Sword of Hyperborea #1 (Dark Horse)
  • We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics)

Vault Announces We Ride Titans from Tres Dean and artist Sebastián Piriz

Vault has announced We Ride Titans, an epic new mecha and kaiju series co-created by writer Tres Dean and artist Sebastián Piriz. Kaiju hit hard. Family hits harder.

Trying to keep your family from imploding is a tall order. Kit Hobbs is about to find out it’s an even taller order when that family has been piloting the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju for generations. Between a spiraling brother, a powder keg of a father, and a whole bunch of twenty-story monsters, she’s got her work cut out for her.

We Ride Titans #1 will hit store shelves in December 2021, and will debut with a variant cover by Vault Cover Artist-in-Residence, Joshua Hixson