One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 02/18/15

Best of the Week

DeadlyClass_11-1Title:  Deadly Class #11

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Wes Craig

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge

Review:  ★★★★★

If you’ve been waiting for an issue of Deadly Class to rock your socks off, this is it.  A battle royal chock full of action, grudges get settled as new problems arrive in what has been our favorite issues of the series.


Title:  Ivar, Timewalker #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Clayton Henry;  Robert Gill

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Brian Level;  Ramon Villalobos and David Baron;  Michael Walsh

Review:  ★★★★★

Currently Ivar, Timewalker is the best new series this year hands down.  With another outstanding issue, if you love Doctor Who, super heroes, and comics, you have no excuse not to be reading this.

The Weekly Rundown


Title:  Bitch Planet #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist:  Robert Wilson IV

Cover Artist:  Valentine Delandro

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Now that we’re two issues in and have a general idea where things are going, it takes a step back to show us the origin of Penny Rolle.  Supposedly this will be a regular occurrence to focus on one character every couple of issues and we couldn’t be happier as this was the best issue yet, showing us more of Penny and the terrible world she was raised in.


Title:  Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #12

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comcs

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

Review:  ★★★★☆

Romance takes over this week as a relationship we’ve been waiting for is consummated, even with a couple of hitches, and even though Andrew finally came out, he might have not actually been ready for it.  The action may have been an afterthought, but it still pulled off what it does best, complex and deeply engrossing relationships within the gang.


Title:  Drifter #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ivan Brandon

Artist:  Nic Klein

Cover Artist:  Nic Klein;  Rafael Albuquerque

Review:  ★★★☆☆

As much promise as it initially showed, we’re getting worried that Drifter will not find its own identity any tine soon.  The main character states “The things I don’t know multiplying,” as though he speaks not only for himself but the reader as well since the book has been light on answering questions or really developing the characters.


Title:  Ei8ht #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Rafael Alburquerque and Mike Johnson

Artist:  Rafael Alburquerque

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Rafael Albuquerque

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While the opening issue of this new series intentionally reveals only a little pieces as it goes on, we’re definitely getting a Twelve Monkeys meets Borderlands vibe that has us hooked.  It is still early to say if they’ll be able to build well enough off this beginning, but we’re genuinely excited to see.


Title:  Goners #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jacob Semahn

Artist:  Jorge Corona

Colorist:  Gabriel Cassata

Cover Artist:  Jorge Corona

Review:  ★★☆☆

Sadly The Goners has tried to throw to many ideas together at once and has started to lose the reasons we were enjoying it. At this point there are just to many characters and threads that are trying to come together to stay cohesive.


Title:  Groo:  Friends and Foes #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier

Artist:  Sergio Aragones

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Stan Sakai

Cover Artist:  Sergio Aragones

Review:  ★★★☆☆

If you want a fun, humorous title that doesn’t try to be more than it is, Groo is the book for you. As Groo searches out his grandmother chaos of course ensues as our main hero unintentionally destroys towns, more or less the usual which remains entertaining.


Title:  Lazarus #15

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Greg Rucka

Artist:  Michael Lark and Tyler Boss

Colorist:  Santi Arcas

Letterer:  Jodi Wynne

Cover Artist:  Owen Freeman

Review:  ★★★★☆

Michael Lark pushes the issue to the limit with an extended fight scene between Sonja and Forever that is the most beautiful and emotional, wordless sequences this month.  If watching these two friends battle it out is not enough, the ending caps off the wonderful issue with an ending you won’t see coming.


Title:  Letter 44 #14

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Charles Soule

Artist:  Drew Moss

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Drew Moss

Review:  ★★★★☆

One of our favorite issues of Letter 44 featured the origin of two of the crew and surprise surprise, this quickly became another one of our favorites.  This time Jack and Willet take the spotlight as their past relationship is examined to show how the two were drawn into the project.


Title:  MPH #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist:  Duncan Fegredo

Colorist:  Peter Doherty and Mike Spicer

Letterer:  Peter Doherty

Cover Artist:  Duncan Fegredo;  Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

Review:  ★★★★☆

Whenever Mark Millar has a new series our salivating begins.  Even though MPH wont go down as one of our favorite titles from him, it does offer a satisfying conclusion that has a nice twist ending to bring us back to where we began in the first issue.


Title:  Savage Dragon #202

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Erik Larsen

Artist:  Erik Larsen

Colorist:  Nikos Koutsis

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Erik Larsen

Review:  ★★★☆☆

So Savage Dragon can have as many threesomes, or foursomes, as he wants, but he finds the trouble this can create in his relationships.  While it’s not a moral we expected our hero to come across, he does in an issue that is more entertaining than it probably should be with plenty of sex and a bit of action mixed in.


Title:  Secret Identities #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber and Brian Joines

Artist:  Ilias Kyriazis

Colorist:  Charlie Kichoff

Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire

Cover Artist:  Ilias Kyriazis

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While no one is “unlocked” in this issue, we do learn plenty more about how Jericho and Mac met each other in this life.  With all that has been going on in the first few issues, this is a nice change of pace that allows us to see the bonds that brought them together and keep them together even when they didn’t know who they really were.

UNITY_015_COVER-A_ALLENTitle:  Unity #15

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Pere Perez

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Jenny Frison; Chriscross and Guy Major

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After a very hard-fought battle, the series goes introspective as Ninjak reflects on his current life.  He eventually learns he lives for the action which he and us are both just fine with, it’s just unfortunate the pacing of the issue just makes it a little bland.


Title:  The Valiant #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

Artist:  Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Paolo River and Joe Rivera

Review:  ★★★★☆

Bloodshot gets to show just how much of a survivor he is as he protects the Geomancer and learns a little bit more about himself along the way. The only downside is that the series is not handling the scope of the event very well as the rest of the Valiant heroes coming together is mostly just for a flashy backdrop.


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