One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 01/21/15

Best of the Week


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Title:  Ivar, Timewalker #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Clayton Henry

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Jorge Molina;  Barry Kitson and Brian Reber;  Clayton Henry and Tom Muller

Review:  ★★★★★

Ivar is like James Bond and Doctor Who rolled up into one person, but someone who we may not be able to trust quite yet.  If the first issue is any indication, this series is looking to be one of Valiant’s best.


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Title:  The Valiant #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

Artist:  Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Paolo Rivera;  Paolo Rivera and Tom Muller;  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt;  Francesco Francavilla

Review:  ★★★★★

With the setup of last issue over, things become much more focused and in turn, much more intense.  With the action in full swing, this is the epicness of having Valiant’s best together that we expected.


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Title:  B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #12

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  James Harren

Letterer:  Dave Stewart

Cover Artist:  Laurence Campbell

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With the current mission having gone wrong, things focus on Agent Howards and his mysterious link to what is going on.  His past gets drawn out a little to long, bogging down the issue in the present from progressing.


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Title:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon

Artist:  Megan Levens

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Steve Morris;  Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson;  Georges Jeanty and Tariq Hassan

Review:  ★★★★☆

Everyone’s love lives get put in focus, or the lack there of in most cases.  There are plenty of great moments such as playing poker for kittens, Olivia and Giles finally having their awkward reunion, and a last page panel we’ve been waiting for quite some time.


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Title:  Cap Stone #2

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Christina McCormack and Liam Sharp

Artist:  Liam Sharp

Letterer:  Jim Campbell

Cover Artist:  Liam Sharp

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While Captain Stone does not make an appearance, we do learn more about how he has a half-sister and why she’s going to pick up the search for him.  The series has an interesting take on the superhero formula, so now that the setup is out of the way, we’re excited to see what’s coming next..


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Title:  Doctor Who:  The Eleventh Doctor #7

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Rob Williams

Artist:  Warren Pleece

Colorist:  Hi-Fi

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Mariano Laclaustra

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Doctor and his traveling companions have run into some trouble with a considerate alien war being waged above Earth, who are trying to involve the planet below, and Jones seemingly growing something inside his stomach.  With plenty of excitement you’d think that would be enough to deal with, Alice has a surprising reunion of which we know cannot turn out well.


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Title:  Drifter #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ivan Brandon

Artist:  Nic Klein

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Nic Klein;  Marko Djurdjevic

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While we love the deep, diverse world Drifter is pulling us into we are still waiting for the characterization to become as rich.  We still know very little about our protagonist or the side characters around him and that’s not looking to change at this rate.


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Title:  Goners #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jacob Semahn

Artist:  Jorge Corona

Inker:  Steve Wands

Colorist:  Gabriel Cassata

Cover Artist:  Jorge Corona

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Goners has been off to a great start, but as they started last month, to many strings are being threaded throughout the story at once making it hard to follow.  While it felt like a stumble, we’re confident enough in the series that next issue can pull everything together.


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Title:  Groo:  Friends and Foes #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mark Evanier

Artist:  Sergio Aragonés

Colorist:  Tom Luth

Letterer:  Stan Sakai

Cover Artist:  Sergio Aragonés

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Now that we are done with the terrible Groo Vs.  Conan that mixed two characters who shouldn’t have been, we get a proper Groo story that takes us back to the comedic adventures we expect.  Except the moral of the story is don’t expect Groo to do something when you expect him to do it as he’ll do it as expected, just not when you expect it;  Groo even makes the side characters confused, but that’s why you’ll get a good laugh from it.


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Title:  Holy F*ck #1

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Nick Marino

Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Cover Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Review:  ★★★★☆

Holy f*ck indeed.  If you prefer your Jesus a little less flaky or not making out with Satan, this might not be for you;  for everyone else this is outrageous, blasphemous fun you don’t want to miss!


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Title:  Mono #2

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Liam Sharp

Artist:  Ben Wolstenholme

Colorist:  Fin Cramb

Cover Artist:  Ben Wolstenholme

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Everything rushes by much to quick and we’re really not any further in the story than when we began.  Part of you won’t care, though, because of some fantastic pulp art and a few key action scenes showing Mono at work.


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Title:  Penny Dora and The Wishing Box #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Stock

Artist:  Sina Grace

Colorist:  Tamra Bonvillain

Letterer:  Hope Larson

Cover Artist:  Sina Grace and Tamra Bonvillan

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Penny learns the hard way that you can’t trust your friends, especially when something as powerful as the wishing box is involved.  The book continues a great mix of old-time, whimsy  fun that is accessible to young and old alike.


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Title:  Reyn #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Kel Symons

Artist:  Nathan Stockman

Cover Artist:  Nathan Stockman

Review:  ★★★★☆

The first issue leaves us with many questions about our title character, but it makes up for it with a heavy wallop of old-school Dungeons and Dragons style fun.  It has fantastic art and a great starting pace;  we can’t wait to see more.


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Title:  Rumble #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Arcudi and James Harren

Artist:  James Harren

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  James Harren

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We love Harren’s art and the characters he and Arcudi have crafted, but we still have no idea what is going on.  Style will only get a comic not made in the 90’s so far;  we need the story to begin to take shape before we lose interest.


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Title:  The Strain:  The Night Eternal #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  David Lapham

Artist:  Mike Huddleston

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Night Eternal had yet to win us over, but now that we’re in the thick of things, our stock in the series is rising.  With this possibly being the final chapter, anyone could die which makes for an exciting ride.


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Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #7

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen 

Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After the warp speed the series has been going on lately, things slow down to give us more of a look at some of the other gods.  While not the most exciting issue, it is very interesting seeing the gods more closely and the fandom that follows them.


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Title:  Zombie Tramp #6

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin

Artist:  Anna Lencioni

Colorist:  Jason Martin

Letterer:  Dave Dwonch

Cover Artist:  Dan Mendoza

Review:  ★★★★☆

Zonbie Tramp continues to be a fun guilty pleasure for us, one that at times makes you question your own judgement, but not near enough to stop reading.  Where else are you going to find gory amusement such as watching someone split in half with a guitar or ripping off someone’s arm and stabbing them in the head with a knife the arm is still holding?


 

 

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