One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 03/04/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Big Man Plans #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell

Review:  ★★★★★

Eric Powell proves once again he can handle big, outrageous ideas while keeping them gritty and somehow maintaining a sense of being completely grounded.  Big Man Plans take us through the life of one man who has taken his fair share of abuse in his life, but now he’s ready to push back for explosive results that are already looking to be one hell of a ride.


Title:  Holy F*ck #2

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Nick Marino

Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Cover Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Review:  ★★★★★

Once again Holy F*ck comes out with some of the most outrageous, blasphemous one liners you could ever possibly imagine and we love it.  The series is completely ridiculous and hard to take seriously which is why it successfully gets away with Jesus tonguing the Devil or the latter owning a UFO he got when alien’s tried to prob him and makes us laugh so hard.

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Title:  ’68 Jungle Jim:  Guts’N’Glory

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Kidwell

Artist:  Jeff Zornow

Colorist:  Jay Fotos

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Nat Jones;  Nate Van Dyke;  Tricon

Review:  ★★★★☆

The latest entry of ’68 drops us with a lost and abandoned soldier in Vietnam whose grip in reality is very spotty at best.  Kidwell does a great balancing act of showing us Jim’s splitting personalities while Zornow brings us the darkness and gore you would expect from the Vietnam War and a zombie apocalypse.


Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #12

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Will Conrad and Justin Couch

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Introduced last issue, we learn the back story of Eldre Koh, a warrior has been searching for Illyria as he believes she has information that will lead him to the revenge he seeks.  The biggest problem having him take the spotlight is that his story of woe is uninteresting as it is uninspired while it also felt strange to see him calm and understanding about needing to wait while Fred and Illyria are sorted out, but then immediately go out and get in an angry bar brawl.


Title:  Descender #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist:  Dustin Nguyen;  Jeff Lemire

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Descender comes out the door swinging with some very ambitious concepts for a brand new epic space opera.  There is a lot packed into one issue with some ideas working and others not;  while we’re not quite sure it will be able to deliver next month, the foundation laid is fairly solid, paved with beautiful, striking art from Nguyen.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Eleventh Doctor #9

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Boo Cook

Colorist:  Hi-Fi

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Boo Cook

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Doctor thought he could finally take on SERVEYOUinc by taking the fight to their level with a business deal.  Of course things don’t go as planned leaving his companions to take the spotlight and all of us to ponder the thought-provoking idea of who the Doctor is at his core.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Tenth Doctor #8

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Robbie Morrison

Artist:  Daniel Indro

Colorist:  Slamet Mujiono

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Mariano Laclaustra;  AJ

Review:  ★★★★☆

The story continues to integrate its own threads back into itself with successfully integrating in a soldier that was transported back into the past as he made sure never to forget what happened while also playing with the reason the WWI battlefields were so tempting to the Weeping Angels is the same reason they’re not getting enough nourishment.  Intelligent, clever, and witty, the series once again shows why fans of Doctor Who or not will want to read this.


Title:  God Hates Astronauts #6

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Ryan Browne

Artist:  Ryan Browne

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Letterer:  Chris Crank and Ryan Browne

Cover Artist:  Ryan Browne;  Tradd Moore

Review:  ★★★☆☆

One of our most enjoyable things about God Hates Astronauts is the pure insanity it brings into our lives every month, but by its own standards the latest issue feels a bit toned down.  The focus is brought on the large battle between the crab army and Earth which features plenty of action, but not as much of crazy excitement as Gnarled Winslow or the Anti-Mugger who both get little more than two pages each.


Title:  Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  Alex Maleev

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Alex Maleev

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The series has felt like its been light on Hellboy as the B.P.R.D. members have taken up much of the time, but finally the titular hero gets plenty of time to take the spotlight.  While it took longer than it should have to get to where it is, we did enjoy watching Hellboy in action while the mastermind behind the events presented a nice tie-in with Hellboy’s origin.


Title:  Imperium #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  Dave McCaig

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Doug Braithwaite;  Butch Guice;  Lewis LaRosa

Review:  ★★★★☆

The second issue takes a majority of the focus of the issue away from Toyo and his growing army of psiots and instead shines on Gravedog, the leader of H.A.R.D. Corps current field team.  Gravedog proves to be a much more fascinating character to us than Toyo ever has, as he manipulates himself into a surprising  situation we didn’t see coming until after.


Title:  Lady Killer #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Artist:  Joëlle Jones

Colorist:  Laura Allred

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:   Joëlle Jones and Laura Allred

Review:  ★★★★☆

While we never really though Josie would actually complete her latest assignment, the issue actually did a great job of making us second guess our assumption until it was actually over.  Before we weren’t quite sure what direction the series was heading toward, but now that Josie’s entire life is in jeopardy, we can’t wait to see what comes next.


Title:  Hack/Slash/Nailbiter

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson and Tim Seeley

Artist:  Mike Henderson Emilio Laiso

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski; Tim Seeley

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The crossover features two stories, both taking place well enough in the past that it doesn’t have to worry about affecting anything that has come since Cassie and Vlad visited Buckaroo.  The first story was an enjoyable tale of the two actually meeting Nailbiter, which plays things a little to safe, while the second story cuts out Edward;  he is only referenced in setting a trap, one of which we don’t exactly understand as to why he would bother with considering it unnecessarily draws the attention of the two serial killer slayers towards him.


Title:  Neverboy #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Shaun Simon

Artist:  Tyler Jenkins

Colorist:  Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Conor Nolan;  Gerard Way

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

If you had no background knowledge of what Neverboy is about, the opening issue really does nothing to explain what you are witnessing, even once you’ve arrived at the final page.  The story is a bit like an acid trip that melts around our main character;  it has some interesting concepts we’re curious to see explored, but otherwise it didn’t feel cohesive enough to really draw us in yet.


Title:  Rat God #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Richard Corben

Artist:  Richard Corben

Colorist:  Richard Corben and Beth Corben Reed

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Richard Corben

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Entering into the second issue, things picked up much better than they did in the first issue making us believe this is a story that will come off much better being read all at once in trade form.  It still lacks the horror qualities that we expected from Corben, but it is turning out to be an interesting super natural thriller regardless.


Title:  Revival #28

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Tim Seeley

Artist:  Mike Norton

Colorist:  Mark Englert

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Jenny Frison

Review:  ★★★☆☆

This week finds many strong threads being played out, none more so than Em finding her Aaron and learning a little more about the origin behind the Revivers.  The biggest complaint for this week is the balancing act of all the threads was a little to much to pull off, leaving several to feel like after thoughts, even though we are excited that they all seem ready to come to a head next month.


Title:  Transformers #38

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  John Barber

Artist:  Andrew Griffith

Colorist:  Josh Perez

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Andrew Griffith

Review:  ★★★★☆

As Days of Deception winds down, the Autobots’, and Decepticons’, new missions on Earth are put at risk when Prowl combines with the Constructicons to form the massive Devastator.  Also in this issue, Thundercracker races desperately to stop the humans’ new army of cloned Seekers, with a little help from a former “friend”.


Title:  Transformers:  More Than Meets The Eye #38

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  James Roberts

Artist:  Alex Milne

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Cover Artist:  Alex Milne and Josh Perez;  Nick Roche and Josh Burcham;  Jeffrey Veregge

Review:  ★★★★☆

Once again MTMTE takes readers down the rabbit hole with the final chapter in their latest story arc. Rodimus, Megatron and the crew of The Lost Light are tasked with stopping a time traveling compatriot from irrevocably changing the history of Cybertron. The only problem? Everyone on board may not be on quite the same page as to whether or not the past should be preserved.


Title:  X-O Manowar #34

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Diego Bernard

Inker:  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Lewis Larosa;  Jorge Molina;  Das Pastoras;  Butch Guice

Review:  ★★★★☆

In one big issue, Venditti has (seemingly) forever changed X-O Manowar’s world more so than even Armor Hunters did, which this is partly spun out of.  If we did just witness the destruction of an entire planet, the move is surely very bold, but perhaps a little to rushed considering the ramifications this could mean for the series going forward.

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