One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 02/25/15

Editor’s Note:  This week we had to cut the number of our reviews a bit shorter than usual and focused on what we felt were the most notable.  We are adding in a few more publishers to our weekly round-up, so we covered less this week to make sure we can start to accomadate the growing number of books we have to review.  Next week we should be back on track with more reviews than ever!

Best of the Week


d4ve1

Title:  D4ve #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Ryan Ferrier

Artist:  Valentin Ramon

Cover Artist:  Fiona Staples;  Valentin Ramon;

Review:  ★★★★★

Just like one of our favorite Flight of the Concords songs describes, the humans are dead but the robots have become just like the humans, relationship problems, boring menial jobs, and all.  Following D4ve’s life, who once upon a time was one of the most renowned robot soldiers in the war against the living, made us both laugh and cry, while also eager to see if a new alien threat is going to get him out of his slump.


The Weekly Rundown


captainmidnight20

Title:  Captain Midnight #20

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Michael Broussard

Colorist:  Javier Mena

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Michael Broussard

Review:  ★★★★☆

Captain Midnight enlists Helios to aid him in a break in of a Black Sky Prison where he hopes to obtain more information on the Archon.  The team up is plenty of fun and shines new light on Helios motivations for originally joining Chuck, but we would be lying if we said the last page teasing next month’s crossover with X is what got us the most giddy.


chew46

Title:  Chew #46

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Layman

Artist:  Rob Guillory

Colorist:  Taylor Wells

Cover Artist:  Rob Guillory

Review:  ★★★★☆

What is one to do after your now former partner wants nothing to do with you and in a fit of rage you killed a fellow agent.  Agent Colby doesn’t have the answers for that yet, but while he isn’t trying to bake the evidence in the oven, we see his hopes for Pollo in the afterlife while Chu teams with his latest partner to stop a new organization that is using candy for disastrous results.


colderthebadseed5

Title:  Colder: The Bad Seed #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Colorist:  Eduardo Ferreyra

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Bad Seed had a great start, but the last few issues have seemed to just lost much of the series momentum.  The last issue isn’t able to completely turn things around, but it is nice to see a definitive origin for Declan and his powers, making us realize that he has not always been the noble hero we’ve known.


conantheavenger11

Title:  Conan The Avenger #11

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Brian Ching

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Jason Felix

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Considering the situation Conan had found himself in, surrounded by his former companions ready to kill him, we don’t think his pure skill could have saved him but purely getting very lucky and escaping his imminent demise felt like a bit of a cop-out how it played.  What we found must amusing was seeing the fear put into Thoth-Amon upon finding out even with his powers, his might have landed himself over his head against the Damned Horde.


gijoesnakeeyesagentofcobra2

Title:  G.I. Joe:  Snake Eyes:  Agent of Cobra #2

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Costa

Artist:  Paolo Villanelli

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Paolo Villanelli;  Drew Johnson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

You can take the Joe out of Snake Eyes, but you can’t take the hero out of him too.  Snake Eyes gets to be Snake Eyes as he masterfully takes down a few ninjas who made the mistake of attacking one of his former comrades and what would this be without Storm Shadow entering the mix for added problems.


galaxyquestthejourneycontinues2

Title:  Galaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Erik Burnham

Artist:  Nacho Arranz

Colorist:  Esther Sanz

Letterer:  Gilberto Lazcano

Cover Artist:  Nacho Arranz

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The actors of Galaxy Quest continue to be able to catch a break as it is revealed that once again their actions had unintended consequences on another alien race, only this time they caused more damage than anyone could have imagined in 13 seconds.  While we love seeing the crew of Galaxy Quest head out into space again, we still wish the actual actors likenesses could have been used as several of the characters just look to similar;  we cannot express how happy we were when Dane put on his full Dr. Lazarus makeup so we would better tell him apart from the others.


low6

Title:  Low #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Greg Tocchini

Cover Artist:  Greg Tocchini

Review:  ★★★★☆

Low has been a series we’ve been watching and waiting to click and it finally does with the end of the first arc that hits all the right notes for an epic conclusion.  There are several gut wrenching blows as characters we were just starting to enjoy didn’t make it out alive and complete chaos in general takes effect.


orphanblack1

Title:  Orphan Black #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, and Jody Houser

Artist:  Szymon Kudranski

Colorist:  Matt Lopes

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Szymon Kudranski

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

We are such big Orphan Black fans which is why it was so disappointing that the opening issue fell so flat since instead of following any new material, the issue retread on the opening of the TV series.  It gives us more insight into Sarah’s thinking as she took over Beth’s life, but her though process adds very little to what we already knew;  we’re just hoping the next issue featuring Helena will provide new material outside of what the show has shown us.


rasputin5

Title:  Rasputin #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Alex Grecian

Artist:  Riley Rossmo

Colorist:  Ivan Plascencia

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Riley Rossmo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The issue continues showing us Rasputin’s early days, now with the Tsar and people around him growing to fear his influence.  Then something odd happens and possibly completely shifts the series into a different direction which we’re even more excited for than we had been before.


startrek42

Title:  Star Trek #42

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Johnson

Artist:  Cat Staggs

Colorist:  Wes Hartman

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Cat Staggs

Review:  ★★★★☆

The crew is confronted with situation where their mission of exploration comes into conflict with taking a life, easily for the greater good.  The decision gets taken out of their hands, but we still loved seeing the moral debate between the crew accompanied by Staggs’ always beautiful art


teenagemutantninjaturtles43

Title:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz

Artist:  Cory Smith

Colorist:  Ronda Pattison

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Cory Smith and Ronda Pattison;  Kevin Eastman and Ronda Pattison;  Aaron Conley

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Turtles find themselves in a precarious situation as their manipulations in getting Shredder and Krang to face off starts to have unintended back lash with the world still in need of saving.  At times the issue is a little over stuffed with four different threads to follow, but they adequately come together enough to stop it from going off track too much.


 

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