One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 01/28/15

Best of the Week


Title:  The Dying & The Dead #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jonathan Hickman

Artist:  Ryan Bodenheim

Colorist:  Michael Garland

Cover Artist:  Ryan Bodenheim

Review:  ★★★★★

The beautifully tragic opening segment of The Dying & The Dead is guaranteed to blow you away.  Once you get further in you find a unique world that is strange and curious with gorgeous art which will make you wish there were more pages in this already giant-sized 60-page beginning.


Title:  Unity #14

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  CAFU

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Lewis Larosa and Romulo Fajardo;  Francis Portela, John Rauch, and Dylan Todd;  Ryan Lee and Wil Quintana

Review:  ★★★★★

As the team’s biggest secret comes out to the public during their fight with the United, it’s that secret that actually saves everyone.  It was surprising to see their latest addition leave so fast, but it really felt natural that Faith was just not the right fit with the rest of the Unity heroes after witnessing the gray area they have to cross in battle.


Title:  X-O Manowar #32

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  DiegoBernard

Inker:  Alisson Rodrigues

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen; Ryan Lee

Review:  ★★★★★

The new Armorines, specifically their leader Phillip Zahn, was a good old-fashioned villain that you could love to hate.  In the end he might not have amounted to much when compared to Aric, but his pride and greed made the issue explosive fun watching him get taken done.

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Title:  Alex + Ada #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Cover Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Last month it seems that Ada was in real harm, which may have been the case if Alex had not come to her rescue, but it still felt the book cam close to pushing the envelope and instead settled for the safe, easy route.  It did reaffirm that not everyone in their lives are ready for the truth about Ada, but considering how things turned out, maybe there is still hope out there.


Title:  Bitch Planet #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist:  Valentine De Landro

Colorist:  Cris Peters

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Valentine De Landro and Rian Hughes

Review:  ★★★☆☆

In the first issue of Bitch Planet, the setup for the story felt a little weak, but now that we actually know where this is going its time to get excited.  After getting to spend some more time with the characters we can begin to truly appreciate the cast and the direction where they are headed.


Title:  Captain Midnight #19

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist: Fernando Dagnino

Colorist:  Javier Mena

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Michael Broussard

Review:  ★★★★☆

The final battle between Captain Midnight and his former partner felt a little anticlimactic in the end, but considering Chuck is not the true villain of the saga, perhaps that was the only way it could end.  The fight did offer some spectacular blows traded between the two while also allowing us the chance to see the former partners finally talk through what brought them to this point.


Title:  Casanova:  Acedia #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Matt Fraction

Artist:  Fabio Moon

Colorist:  Cris Peter

Letterer:  Dustin K. Harbin

Cover Artist:  Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Review:  ★★★★☆

Casanova is back and better than ever with a great new adventure right out of the gate..  Our protagonist still has no idea where he’s from, but after escaping an assassins attempt on his life, he is put on a track that may finally reveal answers for his mystery benefactor as well as himself.


Title:  Colder:  The Bad Seed #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★★☆

There has been no book that consistently sends chills down our spines as much as Colder does.  Swivel continues to play horrifying mind games with Declan and Reece that continues to keep the reader on your toes wondering what madness will occur next.


Title:  Danger Club #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Landry Q. Walker

Artist:  Eric Jones

Colorist:  Michael “Rusty” Drake and Garry Black

Cover Artist:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Review:  ★★★★☆

Kid Vigilante may have died last issue, but now in death he comes closer to finding the salvation he has been seeking for the world.  Jones art continues to shine in a story that continually throws us for loops that will leave you salivating for the next issue.


Title:  Death Vigil #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Stjepan Sejic

Artist:  Stjepan Sejic

Cover Artist:  Stjepan Sejic

Review:  ★★★★☆

It’s all out war against the Death Vigil and after it looks like they have everything under control, we find out they’ve been played all along and may lose Sam as the cover suggests.  Everything is on the line now and with only two issues left, you’re probably not going to miss what happens next.

fathersday4Title:  Father’s Day #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Richardson

Artist:  Gabriel Guzman

Colorist:  Java Tartaglia

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Guzman and Java Tartaglia

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Father’s Day ends how it came to us, as a bloody father and daughter adventure that never quite sells us fully on the characters themselves.  Watching Silas having to revert back to his old ways is certainly entertaining, if not unexpected, but everything gets wrapped up a little to easy and tidy.


Title:  Graveyard Shift #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber

Artist:  Fran Bueno

Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire

Cover Artist:  Fran Bueno

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Finding out your girlfriend has been turned into a vampire has got to be hard for anyone to accept, especially the knowledge that they are going to have extreme cravings for blood very quickly.  The issue is mostly spent with the two trying to figure what to do next, but this isn’t Twilight and if the last few page is any indication, there is not happy ending coming anytime soon.


Title:  Halo:  Escalation #14

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duffy Boudreau

Artist:  Sergio Arino

Inker:  Juan Castro and Denis Freitas

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Jean-Sebastien Rossbach

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The series has had plenty of highs and lows, the highs coming from when they focus on the characters and lows when they stray from them.  The lows are never terrible, but this still counts as one as we lose focus on character development as things turn into a boring battle between the UNSC Infinity and the Covenant.


Title:  Mind MGMT #30

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Matt Kindt

Cover Artist:  Matt Kindt

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Eraser has been a thorn in Meru’s side for quite some time and now we finally get her entire, very tragic origin that turned her into who she has become.  Kindt successfully adds a human side to the big bad which is going to make things exponentially more thrilling as the series continues towards its finale.


Title:  Predator:  Fire and Stone #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Christopher Mooneyham

Inker:  John Lucas

Colorist:  Dan Brown

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★☆☆

As the Predator goes against his biggest hunt, an Engineer, it feels a little disappointing to watch Galgo, who at this point is irredeemable, to come to the rescue.  It would have been more exciting for the focus to have been solely on the Predator instead of shared with his human companion, though it does not stop it from being one hell of a street fight.


Title:  Punks #4

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Cover Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Punks takes a risky approach with its story telling, throwing us into the ending which forces the character to try to figure out how to stop the comic.  The comic is typically irrelevant nonsense which is what makes it so funny, but this time it just gets bogged down with a little too much fourth wall breaking.


Title:  Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  James Asmus

Artist:  Steve Lieber

Colorist:  Dave McCaig

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Mike Hawthorne and Jordie Bellaire;  Johnnie Christmas and Wil Quintana;  Chip Zdarsky

Review:  ★★★★☆

Everything you could possibly want from a Quantum and Woody book is packed neatly inside their latest adventure.  Their sloppy crime fighting style leads them to create the perfect person who their villains can rally around to try to, we’re sure unsuccessfully but highly entertainingly, take them out.


Title:  Rasputin #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Alex Grecian

Artist:  Riley Rossmo

Colorist:  Ivan Plascencia

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascenia

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We finally are at the point where Raputin ingrains himself to the Tsar’s family by saving the youngest of the family from a terrible death.  While watching fact and fiction merge on that end continues to draw us back, the “future” of his friends killing him was an interesting reference point that is starting to draw out way further than it should.


Title:  Revival #27

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Tim Seeley

Artist:  Mike Norton

Colorist:  Mark Englert

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Jenny Frison

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Imagining what you want to do and actually pulling off what you want to do are completely different things as Em finds out.  While there is a lot going on in the issue, none if ever feels overly important until you get to the last page.


Title:  Sex #19

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joe Casey

Artist:  Ian Macewan and Piotr Kowalski

Colorist:  Brad Simpson

Letterer:  Rus Wooton

Cover Artist:  Piotr Kowalski

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Things are not looking good for the Old Man as the Alpha Brothers find someone who may tip the scales in their favor.  While it had its fair share of interesting moments among its large cast, there was nothing that really made the issue stand out from some of its stronger issues.


Title:  Sex Criminals #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Matt Fraction

Artist:  Chip Zdarsky

Cover Artist:  Chip Zdarsky

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Since the beginning of the series, it finally reaches the climax it has been building towards.  Now with the trio having come together, things appear as though they’re only going to continue to heat up from here.


Title:  Sundowners #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Tim Seeley

Artist:  Jim Terry

Colorist:  Sean Dove

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The first arc of the series wraps up in just as strange of fashion as it began.  Did the Sundowners actually save the world or are they just completely crazy; that is a question that we lean towards them having actually saved the world, but in this title how can you really know?


Title:  They’re Not Like Us #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Stephenson

Artist:  Simon Gane 

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Fonografiks

Cover Artist:  Simon Gane and Fonografiks

Review:  ★★★☆☆

They’re Not Like Us is an interesting book, one with nothing else quite out there like it.  On one hand you have a large group of very interesting characters to learn more about, but the characters themselves are so morally ambiguous, you cannot help but we slightly turned off by them.


Title:  Tomb Raider #12

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Rhianna Pratchett and Gail Simone

Artist:  Nicolas Daniel Selma

Inker:  Juan Gedeon

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Brian Horton

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Cruz was a weak villain that should have just died several issues ago, but things get dragged out here at least an issue longer than it should have.  Everything seemed pretty senseless in this issue, nothing more so than the strange suicide of the Trinity agent.


Title:  Zero #14

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Ales Kot

Artist:  Marek Oleksicki

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Cover Artist:  Marel Olesicki and Tom Muller

Review:  ★★★★☆

As the Agency crumbles around him, Zero continues his fight with the leader of the professionals in what is probably the most brutal hand-to-hand combat piece you will see in a comic this year.  If you haven’t been reading it, this is the issue to pick up to show you why it deserves to be on your pull list.


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