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Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

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: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.



wotewJust under a year and a half aog, Valiant Entertainment released a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so) despite having access to the review copies and single issues I had picked up when released.

This series remains one of my all time favourites, so getting a chance to read it all in one spot was something I couldn’t pass up.

But despite this being one of my all time greats, it wasn’t until about the midway point that I fell for the series. Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The comics that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

Comics, like all stories, need time to breath.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics, but there’s also a deep emotional story here that cannot – and should not – go ignored. The Eternal Warrior is an ancient being, and his life has not always been sunshine and roses – but he still picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Isn’t there a saying that’s roughly it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we pick ourselves up?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle Collects the Entire Otherworldly Series by Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant presents the Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, available only as a set to fans who reserve the entire series with their local comic shop by the final order cut-off date (FOC) of January 28, 2019!

Released monthly from February 2019 through May 2019, each  Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues, plus exclusive covers that can’t be found anywhere else, beginning with powerhouse artist Tonci Zonjic – all at no extra charge!

In anticipation of the Eternal Warrior’s return to a new limited series in Incursion#1, Valiant has announced a brand-new ONE DOLLAR DEBUT, reprinting the first issue of 2015’s best-selling series: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 by Robert VendittiRaúl Allén, and Patricia Martín!

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

On February 20th, master storytellers Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite reveal a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions in Incursion #1 – featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

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: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.



wotewThis week saw the release of a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so).

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The issues that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Underrated: Valiant Entertainment

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: the comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment


This week I wanted to draw your attention to a publisher that I feel is one of the most underrated publishers around right now, Valiant. Although you may (or may not – no judgment here) remember Valiant from when the publisher launched in 1992, but because this was never intended to be a History Of Valiant piece suffice it to say the Valiant of the nineties isn’t the same as the Valiant of today (if you want to read more about the different iterations of the publisher over the years, you can head to the Wikipedia page). The Valiant that’s publishing some of the best comics in the industry today started publishing comics in 2012, launching X-O Manowar in May to be followed by another three series over the coming months.

Although I remember hearing about Valiant from the British magazine Comic Heroes, my LCS didn’t really have that many Valiant comics in every month; I was able to pick up a couple issues of Eternal Warrior: Days Of Steel, but it wasn’t until I started writing for Graphic Policy in 2015 that I fell in love with Valiant.

Why, you might ask?

Well, dear reader, I shall tell you! I’m going to give you some easily digestible bullet points in a little bit, but before I do that I wanted to reiterate that I am unabashedly a big fan of anything Valiant have put out since they relaunched. While there are a few series I have left to read, I can honestly say that I haven’t read a bad Valiant comic yet. Sure, there are some that don’t measure up to the others, but even those haven been better than at least one or two of the other comics I read in any given week.

Before I discovered Valiant, I was primarily a Marvel fan who enjoyed his comics with a side of Batman, although I found myself gradually reducing my pull list to comics that weren’t from the Big Two as I began to lose interest in superhero comics for various reasons that weren’t entirely limited to the cyclical nature of Marvel’s big event that changes nothing, but sets up the next big event that also changes nothing but has multiple needless tie-ins that I didn’t care about…  It was getting exhausting trying to keep up with every subsequent renumbering, crossover story or sales boosting initiative, and at the same time the quality of what I was reading had been steadily trending downward – a few comics aside – and I’d stopped reading them because I didn’t want to spend money on drivel.

By the time I joined Graphic Policy I had begun to drift toward standalone series from smaller publishers, but I was still missing the interconnected superhero titles that drew me into comics in the first place so many years ago. And then I was introduced to the most exciting superhero universe I had seen in a decade. I’ll admit to being hesitant to calling the Valiant characters superheroes, because very few of them are superheroes in the typical sense, but thanks to Valiant’s characters I found my faith in superheroes, and by extension comics, again.

Here come those bullet points I promised you.

  • The Characters.
    As I mentioned, I’d hesitate to call these characters superheroes in the traditional sense; they’re incredibly nuanced characters considering they’ve only been around for at most five years (in some cases, even though the characters were introduced in FAITH_002_COVER-D_HETRICK2012 they may not have had continuous appearances since then).
    Characters such as the time displaced warrior Aric Of Dacia who is in control of one of the most powerful and advanced weapons in the galaxy in the X-O Manowar armour. Reading about his struggle to free himself and his people form the alien race who enslaved them only to return to Earth to find that hundreds of years had passed… the comics within the fifty issue run that I have read so far feature some of the most incredible stories I’ve seen in comoc form. But then the same can easily be said for the recently ended Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior series featuring an immortal in service to the Earth itself; Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior, who has lived thousands of years serving the Earth as protector to the long line of Geomancers. Despite Gilad being one of my favourite comic book characters, it’s Faith Herbert’s adventures I most look forward to reading every month. Although she’s a heavier person, her weight is rarely ever the focal point of the character; instead it’s her relentless optimism, and that she just loves being a superhero that makes reading her comics so great.  She is what Peter Parker would have been had he debuted within the last half decade.
  • The Sheer Number Of Jumping On Points
    Every preview email I’ve read, Valiant are quick to let you know whenever there’s a new jumping on point. Although more often than not that’s the first part of  a new arc, I’ve actually found that these jumping on points are quite accessible to new readers because the publisher frequently has some concise recap pages to give you the relevant information to help you enjoy the comic ahead. Not every comic is going to be an ideal jumping on point, but Valiant’s CEO Dinesh Shamdasani has said the company tries to ensure that as many as possible can be. For the most part, I think they succeed in doing so –  after all one of the first issues I read was X-O Manowar #38.
  • Their Event Stories
    4001_002_SECOND-PRINTING_COVER_CRAINValiant Event stories tend to focus around a single miniseries (usually four issues) with four standalone tie-in single issues. Although there are some who would hesitate to call this format an event as the story doesn’t always cross into the ongoing comics that are being published month to month, I’m a big proponent of the format. It allows you to choose how many comics you want to pick up in relation to the event; whether that’s just the main four issue miniseries or if you’re going to go all in and get them all.  Added to this, Valiant’s events have been received incredibly well critically over the last three years (the only one that struggled was 4001 A.D., and I think that had more to do with the fact it was a direct continuation of the story that had been building in Rai which resulted in having several pages of recap in the first issue of 4001 A.D.).

    Something that a lot of websites don’t seem to mention as often as we should is that a lot of Valiant’s miniseries have a sturdier cover that makes the comic feel much sturdier – I’m guilty of this, as I typically read the review copies rather than the print copies from my LCS in order to have the reviews ready every Wednesday.

  • Their Comics Are The Dogs Bollocks.
    I already mentioned how I haven’t read a bad Valiant comic, but what I didn’t say was how awesome their line is; nine weeks out of ten at least one of the three best comics I read that week would have been a Valiant book. Every week they have some of the best comics that I’ve read (and yes, I do read other comics), and they are pound for pound the best publisher of superhero comics in the market right now.
  • The Fans.
    This may seem like a cop out to say this, but Valiant’s fans are some of the most dedicated and passionate individuals you’re likely to find. They have created a genuine community of like minded individuals who are united in their love of the publishers comics. The Valiant Comic Fans Facebook group is a prime example of this, where recently one of the artists working of Faith, Joe Eisma, took the time to draw a free digital sketch for those who provided proof that they had, or would, be buying a copy of Faith #8 (you can see a selection of those sketches here).


I could easily keep writing about Valiant’s comics and characters, and why you should be reading them, but this is already longer than I expected it to be, so I’m going to cut it short here. There’s a good chance we’ll revisit this in the near future, but until that happens, if you’re wondering where you should start, Humble Bundle has a wide selection of some of Valiant’s comics and trades available over the next ten or so days here if you’re so inclined to find out just why the publisher is Underrated.

Best Comics of 2016 – Alex’s List

Now that 2016 is in the history books (thank the fucking gods), it’s time to have a look back at some of the comics and events that really stood out for me, personally. These comics were all released this year, and in the case of a limited series if had at least two issues released this year (if a mini-series began late this year, then expect to find it on next year’s list – if it’s any good). Remember that this is all based on what I’ve read, and if your favourite comic isn’t here, it may be because I may not have read it, not because I didn’t like it.

First up there’ll be your standard Best Of categories of Ongoing Series, Mini/One Shot, Single Issue, Writer, Artist, and Colourist, then we’ll move on to a few other things I wanted to talk about.

Best Ongoing Comic

Last year I had a hell of a time with this one, so thankfully this year was much easier. Although I could have made a case for almost any of the comics listed below  (and, like last year I’m still wishing I had decided on a “top five” for this category without an overall winner), at the end of the day there really was only one comic that would end up here.

WRATH_003_COVER-A_LAFUENTEWrath Of The Eternal Warrior (Valiant) – The final issue came out in December, so technically this isn’t an ongoing anymore, and while I’ll miss the shit out of it in 2017, it sits in the top spot for 2016 (because it was an ongoing in 2016).  This was THE book of the year for me without question; although the first issue felt a lot slower than I expected, this quickly morphed into the one series I couldn’t wait to read. Robert Venditti has crafted fourteen of the most exciting, and compelling, issues about Valiant‘s immortal soldier I have ever read as he finds a way to have Gilad deal with death – and failure – in a way I haven’t seen anywhere before.

Venditti also built this series in layers as he dropped lines of dialogue and exposition in one comic that you’d be forgiven for missing, but once the inevitable pay off happened it was something special. For an action comic, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior made you think quite a bit, and I loved every fucking moment (even the first issue after a reread six months later).

Honourable Mentions:

  • Faith (Ongoing) (Valiant) Narrowly missing the top spot, Faith has had a fantastic cast of artists joining Jody Houser all year, with each one bringing something wonderful to the table. This is a series that every comic fan should check out.
  • All-Star Batman (DC) Scott Snyder proves once more why he’s my favourite living Batman writer, and I actually enjoyed John Romita Jr’s art for the first time in a while.
  • X-O Manowar (Valiant) Another Venditti penned series, this had arguably the best concluding arc of any long running series I’ve read in a long time.

Best Limited Series or One Shot 

Voracious_02-1Voracious (Action Lab) I could tell you so many reasons why you should read this emotional tale about a time traveling chef who hunts dinosaurs, whether it’s Markisan Naso’s fantastic dialogue (and his recipes) or the wonderful artwork by Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru. I could tell you that comics like this are the reason you should pay attention to indie comics publishers, because if you don’t you’ll be missing out on some of the best stories  the year. But I won’t; instead I’ll tell you tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t  read this:

Honourable Mentions:

  • Klaus (BOOM!But not The Witch Of Winter. That was fucking awful, and it’s better if you pretend it didn’t exist.
  • Divinity II (Valiant) 
  • Faith: Hollywood and Vine (Valiant) 
  • Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (DC/IDW) All my childhood dreams came true with this six issue miniseries that I  was expecting to suck. It didn’t! It was actually really good.

Best Single Issue

FAITH_003_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICThere’s no honourable mentions because there was nothing remotely close to Faith #3:  (Valiant) for me this year. That’s #3 from the Hollywood And Vine  miniseries, not the currently ongoing series

There was never a question of this comic not being the best single issue of 2016, and its almost entirely down to the scene where Faith literally bursts from a closet. Everything about that sequence, from her internal monologue to the character’s reactions were just perfect. I still think about that moment nearly a year later, and it still sends chills down my spine.

Best Writer

Robert Venditti (Flash, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar)

I didn’t read a bad comic written by this man all year. Obviously, some were better than others, and I didn’t read everything that Venditti put out, but what I did read was always fantastic – and you’ve probably already noticed my love for Venditti earlier on this list.

Best Artist

faith_005_cover-b_hetrickMeghan Hetrick (Red Thorn, Faith)

In a year with some truly amazing artists putting out some beautiful work, from Juan Jose Ryp, Doug Braithwaite and Robert Gill for Valiant, to David Finch, Rafa Sandoval and Patrick Gleason for DC, it was relative newcomer Meghan Hetrick who made my jaw drop with every issue and cover that she drew. Her work on Faith is what sealed her in as my top artist of the year, although her cover to the 4001 A.D. Shadowman tie in is also superb, not to mention Red Thorn. There are few artists whose work I’ll buy regardless of the writer, but Meghan Hetrick is one.

Best Colourist

Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Much Everything)

If you read more than one comic a month this year then you have probably read a comic with Jordie Bellaire’s work. She is one of the most prolific colourists around, and yet her versatility shines with each and every comic. When Jordie Bellaire’s name is on a comic, then you know it’s going to look awesome – regardless of who drew it.

Most Depressingly Canceled Comic

Red Thorn (Vertigo)

Every year comics are canceled prematurely, but Red Thorn The series was great, but sadly the sales figures just weren’t there. Treat yourself when you have a chance and go check this out. You’ll find a wonderfully illustrated tale steeped in Scottish mythology quite unlike almost anything you’ll read this year.

The Comic I Wanted To Read But Never Did

The Vision (Marvel)
I have heard nothing but great things about the twelve or so issues of Vision, and yet for some reason, I haven’t picked it up even though I’ve heard it said that this is Tom King’s finest work from 2016. but it was never on my radar because of the characters and setting involved. Maybe I’ll check out the trades at some point.

Biggest Surprises

I) Ben Affleck Was A Fantastic Batman

I hoped going into the movie that Affleck would be decent, and I suspected he would be, but I never expected him to turn in a performance that went right into my top three Batman performances – that took me completely by surprise. The theatrical cut of Batman v Superman wasn’t quite as good as Affleck’s Batman, but because of his acting (and Gal Gadot) I left the theater feeling I’d got my money’s worth.

bruce waye affleck

II) Marvel Actually Finished Civil War II

After the amount of delays this series suffered, I wouldn’t have been surprised had Marvel just quietly shuffled the final issue or two off their publishing schedule. When the next event (and it’s prequel) Inhumans Vs X-Men unintentionally start before your Big Summer Event is over, you have to ask yourself whether anybody still cares about said summer even .

III) DC Rebirth Wasn’t A Stonking Pile Of Manure

I honestly had no faith the DC’s latest reboot would be anything other than a quick cash grab with at best mediocre titles. Thankfully, i was very wrong. While there were some average titles, good comics that weren’t for me and the occasional miss, for the most part I’ve enjoyed every comic under the “Rebirth” banner (and I’ve read them all for Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review feature). In fact, the standouts for me came from characters I previously had no time for; Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman  and the Green Lantern Corp

The Moments That Had Me Grinning Ear To Ear

I) Bill Finger’s Byline

This was the single greatest thing to happen in the comics industry this year in my eyes; Bill Finger was finally acknowledged officially as having something to do with Batman’s creation, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman.

moviescreen-grab

Regardless of my thoughts on the movie, seeing Bill Finger’s name here was fantastic.

II) Interviewing Marc Tyler Nobleman

I don’t know what I expected when I reached out to the man who inspired me to write about comics, but talking to him about Bill Finger was an absolute joy.

III) Having My Reviews Quoted On Comics

This year was the first time I saw one of my reviews quoted on the cover of a comic, and it was a moment that I won’t forget anytime soon (the comic was Red Thorn #3 if you wondered). Since then I’ve seen my reviews quoted on several Valiant comics, as well. It makes me grin every time.

 



 

Well there we have it; a look back at some of the best comics that I read over the year. Agree, or disagree? Let me know!

Review: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #14

wrath_014_cover-a_segoviaGilad 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…

The final issue of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a very bitter sweet one for me because I’ve been looking forward to  the issue quite a bit… but I’m less enthused that this issue is the conclusion to the series.

Although Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior may have started slower than I’d have liked coming, as it did, from Book Of Death, by the time the first arc had concluded I’d found my favourite series.  Robert Venditti has written a fourteen issue run that can be read starting from any of the three story arcs, but when you read from the first through to the fourteenth issue then you’ll find even more to enjoy about the series. There are things that are said, or actions taken, that are well done if you have no prior context but when you’ve read the previous issues those very same words and actions will take on an entirely new meaning. From start to finish, the entire series has been written fantastically, and the final issue is no exception to that.

Robert Gill and Mike Spicer deliver a comic that switches effortlessly between the brutal hellscape and the battle within to the quieter moments interspersed with said battle. The comic looks as good as you want a comic to look, and despite some issues in the series having a love-it-or-leave-it style, the final issue should appeal to all those who do pick it up to varying degrees.

The fourteenth issue is a fantastic way to wrap the series up, tying up more loose ends than it leaves this issue won’t disappoint whether you read it in floppy or trade format. But make no mistake, if you’re reading the floppies, this isn’t an ideal place to start reading the series.

But it’s a fucking amazing conclusion to one of the best series of 2016. A series I’m really going to miss.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill Colourist: Mike Spicer
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Even though Valiant were kind enough to provide a FREE copy for review, I read the physical copy I picked up from my LCS.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

black-3-cover-1Wednesdays 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Action Comics #969 (DC Comics) – I am blown away by this comic, and how well Dan Jurgens is juggling everything. Doomsday and Superman fighting again. Mr. Oz. Super Lex. Creepy Clark Kent. The aliens that have come after Lex, and so much more. This is one of my favorite series and I have not been disappointed by a single issue. I am very excited to find out what the hell is going on with Clark, though I doubt I get that answer in this issue.

Wonder Woman #12 (DC Comics) – I have said it before. This is DC’s most consistent book, and it just gets better with each issue. Rucka is doing such a phenomenal job here, and I get impatient waiting for the next issue on both of the storylines (and they come out every two weeks!). This is a series everyone should be reading.

Reborn #3 (Image) – The first issue was amazing, and the second issue grew the world a little more and was still fantastic. Now that we’ve met our big bad, and Bonnie’s former cat who is now an evil General (because of a bad trip to the vet), our characters are preparing to go to war. Who else will appear from Bonnie’s past?

Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 (Marvel) – I am mostly excited about this because Death of X left a bad taste in my mouth (I did not mind the twist ending, but mostly the event was unnecessary). I have my doubts about this event, and I wonder if it is even necessary, but I do like Lemire and Soule, and I hope they give us something good here, and this isn’t just filler before the new spring books for the Inhumans and X-Men.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad #8 (DC Comics) – General Zod and the Black Vault have gotten everyone going crazy at Belle Reve except for Harley Quinn ( the Black Vault made her SANE) and Enchantress who have to fight through the asylum , including their Suicide Squad friends to save them.

The Lost Boys #3 (DC Comics) – Star has fled. The Frogg brothers and missing. The Blood Belles have gone rogue and are getting their rampage on! Where’s the popcorn?  This is already better than those crap sequels and it’s still getting good.

Daredevil #14 (Marvel) – Muse gives us a murderous reason to loathe performance art. Blind spot might be going down and Murdock is getting Punisher style angry. Daredevil is about to get dark and real like it was in the 90s!

Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Inhumans vs X-men it’s about to go down!!!  Do I really need to say more?

Black #3 (Black Mask Studios) – Kareem is concerned about Juncture and its leadership and Detective Waters is starting to piece together the clues about where Kareem has disappeared to.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #14 (Valiant) – It’s always a shame to see a series come to a close, but I’d much rather it end on a high note than peter off into mediocrity, and Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior has been on an incredible high note lately. I’m entirely comfortable in saying that this was my favorite ongoing series this year, and that’s a hell of a void it’s leaving.

Britannia #4 (Valiant) – A fresh new story comes to a close, and I’ve been loving the arc so far. And with the quality of the physical product, this is well worth your money.

Old Man Logan #15 (Marvel) – Despite a couple of minor missteps this has been a fantastic series. Now that we have Old Man Logan teaming up with the Howling Commandos and fighting vampires? Awesome.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Girl #2 (Abstract Studios) – The first issue blew me away and it’s a series you absolutely need to get. Writer/artist Terry Moore does it again with this new seires featuring a woman who works in a junkyard and many or may not be seeing things like a talking gorilla and a UFO. A weirdly fun series.

Optimus Prime #1 (IDW Publishing) – The post-Revolution Hasbro connected universe kicks off and this series focuses on Optimus and his annexation of Earth as part of the Cybertonian council. It’s a hell of a concept and I’m intrigued to how it will all play out.

Transformers: Lost Light #1 (IDW Publishing) – Again I’m intrigued since this is part of the post-Revolution Hasbro connected universe. The Lost Light has been on its mission to find Cyberutopia for quite some time and I’m intrigued to see how/if this series shifts at all post event.

Rockstars #1 (Image Comics) – A new series by Joe Harris that involves rock and roll, conspiracies, demons, dark gods of rock… sign me up.

Black #3 (Black Mask Studios) – One of the most important comics on the shelves right now.

Preview: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #14

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (OCT161995)
Cover B by JEFFREY VEREGGE (OCT161996)
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO (OCT161997)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Cover Also Available (OCT161998)
FINAL ISSUE | $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14 (FOC – 11/21/16)

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 A DEVIL” as the Eternal Warrior enters the final ring of fire!

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Real! Live! Cats! Seattle’s Comics Dungeon is Hosting a Valiant Cat Cosplay Signing

Across the millennia-spanning arc of human history, mankind has celebrated many triumphs. But, from the pyramids to the moon landing, they all now pale in comparison to the landmark achievement that Valiant has bequeathed unto civilization…with Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers!

To mark this most momentous occasion, Seattle’s Comics Dungeon will be officiating the December release of this all-new line of shelf covers with a live, in-person signing featuring stars (and real-life felines) Fawkes and Nak, alongside Freyu – creator of the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog and trusted human – on Saturday, December 17th! From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT, meet the stars behind the purr-aculous covers gracing each of Valiant’s releases throughout December, pose for photos, and get your Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers paw-printed for all eternity by the legends themselves!

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.

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

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

They’re intrepid! They’re fearless! They’re cats!

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Review: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #13

wrath_013_cover-a_barrionuevoAfter countless centuries apart, the Earth’s Fist and Steel has finally reunited with his long-lost son, Kalam. But before this father and son can truly find peace, they must first face the impossible…and escape from death itself! As unimaginable terrors rise to prevent Earth’s immortal champion and his scion from returning to the land of the living, can the Eternal Warrior conquer eternity to save the boy he once thought lost…or will his transgressions against the natural order trap them forever at the far end of eternity?

The penultimate issue of what has become my favourite series over the past year doesn’t disappoint.

Last issue we saw Gilad Anni-Padda cross the hellscape alone to retrieve his eldest son from the demon that held him captive, preparing to confront an uncountable horde of demons standing in his way (if you want a mental image, think the scene where General Hux is addressing the First Order troops in The Force Awakens, then double the count). There’s an immediate payoff this issue, with one of the most “hell yeah” moments of the series up to that point – not wrath_013_003because of any artistic sequence, but rather because the way Robert Venditti has framed the sequence leading up to the title page with his narration combined with the expression on Gilad’s face from artist Robert Gill. It’s a great full page image that is unlikely to be on any posters because the image may not necessarily be the dynamic pose or action fueled image those posters tend to feature, but when taken as part of the whole – whether that be the story or the arc to this point – it’s a powerful moment that’ll have you throwing your fist into the air.

On the surface, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #13 is a fairly standard tale of a father rescuing his son from untold horrors, albeit a fantastically well written and well drawn one, but once you peel back the layers a little you notice that the comic also begin to pull together the awkward silences and suppressed emotions between Gilad and Kalam that we’ve seen since the first issue in the series.

This is the second to last issue in the series, which is such a shame because this has been one of the best series on the racks for the past year. Robert Venditti is a master at his craft, and he’s set up what promises to be a climactic final chapter. Read this run in single issues, or read it in trade – you’ll love every page.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill Colourist: Mike Spicer
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. 

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