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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.

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #8 (Valiant) – After the ambitious issue told from Bloodshot’s point of view where you saw what he saw (only he was blind s we got a black comic with the only art on the pages being in the form of the panel borders), I’m really interested to see how Lemire follows that up. While I have no doubt this will be a really good comic, there is precedence after all, I’m curious to see how it stands up after #7 – a comic that I feel is incredible.

Ninja-K #6 (Valiant) – In any other week this would be on top of my Most Wanted list. In fact there’s such a gulf between this and the next that I didn’t bother to write it down. Why bother, really?

 

Joe

Top Pick: Oblivion Song #2 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new series is always exciting, and when Kirkman creates a new universe, it’s even more exciting. After a set up issue, it will be great to see what this world has in store. This is a solid pick for fans of sci-fi dystopian tales.

Gideon Falls #2 (Image Comics) – Another new series from a great writer, Lemire. I enjoyed the tone of the first issue, even if it did make me a little anxious. This is one freaky little town. Great for fans of horror.

The Avengers #688 (Marvel) – This train keeps rolling! The elders are coming to their endgame and each week this book juggles so many characters and does it effectively. This could become a classic Avengers tale.

X-Men Red #3 (Marvel) – Jean Grey has returned and with her comes a new team. This book deals with old school X-book themes like racism and mutants, and how they fit into the world of humanity. The first two issues have been good.

Captain America #700 (Marvel) – Waid’s time on the book is coming to a close, and Coates is beginning his run soon. This is a landmark issue and the end of a time travel arc that has been fun. It’s classic Captain America and the end of a run that acts as a palate cleanser to Hydra-Cap.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dodge City #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This is a week with lots of solid new releases and fantastic comics coming out so to narrow them down to five is a tough one. That being said, this is a comic that’s on the top of my pile to read. The first issue was cute, entertaining, just a lot of fun. A comic about dodge ball? Yeah, I’m sold.

Big Planet Comics Red (Big Planet/Retrofit Comics) – An anthology featuring 15 artists from the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia). This publisher consistently puts out amazing indie comics.

Crude #1 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – I read this first issue and it’s a gut punch of a story. Boiled down, it’s a revenge story, but the details, the setting, it’s just a raw and gritty comic that’s so good.

Domino #1 (Marvel) – Gail Simone writing Domino. Nuff said.

Exiles #1 (Marvel) – While I haven’t been a fan of this series in the past, the fact writer Saladin Ahmed is handling this volume has me excited.

Preview: X-Men: Red #3

X-Men: Red #3

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Travis Charest
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Hate Machine Part 3
• The battle rages in India, and the newest X-Men member may be the key to the team’s survival.
• GAMBIT is caught up the intensifying global frenzy of mutant hate.
• Plus: Could one of JEAN GREY’s oldest friends turn foe?

Venom 30th Anniversary Variants in March

In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more!

  1. All-New Wolverine #33 by Dustin Weaver
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #798 by Terry and Rachel Dodson
  3. Avengers #687 by Jamal Campbell
  4. Black Panther #172 by Greg Horn
  5. Captain America #700 by Mark Bagley
  6. Daredevil #601 by Ramon Perez
  7. Doctor Strange #388 by Chris Stevens
  8. Infinity Countdown #2 by Ron Lim
  9. Invincible Iron Man #599 by Akcho
  10. Marvel Two-In-One #5 by Dave Johnson
  11. The Mighty Thor #706 by Mark Bagley
  12. New Mutants #2 by Bengal
  13. Old Man Logan #38 by Greg Smallwood
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303 by Rob Liefeld
  15. Thanos #18 by Mike Perkins
  16. Venom #164 by John Tyler Christopher
  17. Weapon H #2 by Mike Mayhew
  18. X-Men: Blue #25 by Francesco Francavilla
  19. X-Men: Gold #25 by Todd Nauck
  20. X-Men: Red #3 by Inhyuk Lee

The first wave of Venom Variant Covers will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Preview: X-Men: Red #2

X-Men: Red #2

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Travis Charest
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE HATE MACHINE Part 2
• JEAN GREY and her team must infiltrate a top-secret compound in order to save a mutant they’ve never met.
• They’ll have to avoid guards armed with guns, protestors armed with hate and sentinels armed with…well, slightly larger and more dangerous guns than the guards.
• All in a day’s work for the newest X-Men team.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Action 1000 hardcover, Thanos lead comic shop advance reorders as February begins – For those following the horse race.

CBR – 2000 AD To Publish First All-Women Creators Issue – Good.

 

Reviews

IGN – Amazing Spider-Man #795

IGN – Batman #40

Talking Comics – Hungry Ghosts #1

Comic Book – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Seattle PI – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Comic Attack – Is’Nana The Were-Spider Vol. 2 #1

The Outhousers – Spider-Man #237

IGN – Star Wars #43

IGN – The Walking Dead #176

IGN – X-Men: Red #1

Review: X-Men: Red #1

X-MEN RED #1Jean Grey is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-Men gathers an unlikely team – Nightcrawler, Namor, and Laura Kinney (A.K.A. All-New Wolverine) – to face an evil that threatens to tear down Xavier’s dream by any means necessary!

It was only last week since we saw the return of Jean Grey and spinning out of that, a new “X” title with a team led by her. Written by Tom Taylor, X-Men: Red #1 kicks things off and immediately makes a statement as to how this series will stand out from the rest. It’s a mission statement in many ways with a vision.

Jean has been gone for years missing the ups and downs of mutantkind and she’s focused on setting things on the right path, in a way being the one to pick up Xavier’s dream. And Taylor nails this debut.

There’s so much that feels original here, especially the politics used to make Grey’s plan a reality. There’s a naivete and reality of it all. There’s also a back to basics here in many ways focusing on the minority hated status of mutants by so many. This series feels like the natural progression we’ve been waiting for.

Mahmud A. Asrar‘s art is fantastic with great design and some solid us of two page spreads. There’s a great flow to it all and it’s beautifully rendered. Ive Svorcina‘s colors add to it all. No matter the character, they look like they belong and things pop on the page.

This is a hell of a debut with a clear direction and voice. The issue has me excited now after a rather down return of Grey. What felt like a bad idea seems to work well here and the gap in time is part of that driver. Welcome back Red, here’s to a return in so many ways.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Mahmud A. Asrar Color: Ive Svorcina
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-MEN RED #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!

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.

Jon

Top Pick: Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery and Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – These are some of the best things I’ve read in a long time in any form. A great examination of race in America wrapped up in a nail biting thriller and more relevant than ever.

 

Brett

Top Pick: X-Men: Red #1 (Marvel) – A new X-Men team with a returned Jean Grey as the leader? I’m intrigued where this one will go and if this is the tipping point of “X” bloat, which we’re already near. But, a big character returning to a world that’s vastly different has me very intrigued.

Avengers #679 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a lot of fun so far. A rare event that’s holding up in quality.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4 (DC Comics) – A great mix of action and socio-political commentary. Exactly how it’s supposed to be done.

Carthago (Humanoids) – I’m a Jaws fan, so a comic that sounds like it’s another terror from below with sharks story, I’m in.

Coyotes #4 (Image Comics) – Fantastic horror with so many layers. You’ll be debating what it all means and the symbolism. Don’t think there’s much out there today like this series.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best comics of 2018 so far. This will easily wind up on “best of” lists.

Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 (Marvel) – A big event is kicking off, big enough that it shook up plans for ongoing series. With a movie coming up touching upon some of the same characters and concepts, this should be interesting.

Mech Cadet Yu #6 (BOOM! Studios) – One of my favorite series. Just so much fun to read. In short, kids and giant robots kick alien ass.

Preview: X-Men: Red #1

X-Men: Red #1

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Travis Charest
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The Hate Machine Part 1
THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE!
JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team – NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) – to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER’s dream by any means necessary!

Gambit Joins X-Men: Red

When Jean Grey leads her new team in the all-new series from Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar, she’ll be joined by a uniquely qualified strikeforce that includes heroes such as Namor, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine, her sister Gabby (Honey Badger), the Wakanda mutant Gentle, and a mysterious new character named Trinary.

And now, one more hero will join the fight.

Marvel is excited to reveal the cover to X-Men: Red #3 featuring fan-favorite Gambit, who will team up with Jean to help battle against mankind and mutantkind’s most dangerous evil!

The adventure begins this February, and Gambit officially joins X-Men: Red this April! The issue features a cover by Travis Charest.

New Mutant Variant Covers in March!

This March, a paranormal mystery will be unleashed in the Marvel Universe…and only the members of the New Mutants can stop it! In celebration of this six-issue limited series from writer Matt Rosenberg and artist Adam Gorham, Marvel has revealed the New Mutant Variant Cover Program, featuring dark portraits of your favorite Marvel heroes from acclaimed artists such as Dan Mora, Declan Shalvey, Mike Deodato and more.

Look for Marvel’s New Mutant variant covers on these select titles:

  1. All-New Wolverine #32 by Mike Deodato
  2. Avengers #685 by Terry Dodson
  3. Cable #155 by Tyler Kirkham
  4. Despicable Deadpool #296 by Declan Shalvey
  5. Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 by Leinil Yu
  6. Old Man Logan #36 by Dave Johnson
  7. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301 by Bilquis Evely
  8. X-Men Blue #23 by Clayton Crain
  9. X-Men Gold #23 by Jason Pearson
  10. X-Men Red #2 by Dan Mora

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 10 variant covers, coming to comic shops this March!

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