One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 03/11/15

Best of the Week


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Title:  Unity #16

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Pere Perez

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown;  Juan Jose Ryp and HiFi;  Antonio Fuso

Review:  ★★★★★

The Unity issues where Gilad is the focus always tend to be our favorites which is because Kindt understands the character so well and writes him so beautifully.  Gilad may have the gift of immortality, but every time we look into his past we see how he really is more cursed, always watching those he cares for pass.


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Title:  Casanova:  Acedia #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Matt Fraction

Artist:  Fabio Moon

Colorist:  Cris Peter

Letterer:  Dustin K. Harbin

Cover Artist:  Fabio Moon

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The issue felt like it had two parts, a slow burning beginning where magic isn’t real and Casanova is a side thought.  The second part picks up considerably with some deep black magic and some new, small pieces of just who Casanova is.


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Title:  Ghosted #18

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Vladmir Krstic Laci

Colorist:  Miroslav Mrva

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Dan Panosian

Review:  ★★★★☆

Last month featured a shocking “betrayal” from one of the main characters, and even though they redeemed them self nearly immediately, their fate because of those actions made it worth it.  The standout of the issue had to be Laci’s excellent art featuring the Ghost Town and how it affected all of the characters through some great panel work.


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Title:  Holy F*ck #3

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Nick Marino

Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Cover Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Review:  ★★★★☆

Jesus and Satan teaming up with a nun to stop Zeus and Isis from blowing up the world with nukes?  It’s just as crazy and wonderful as it sounds with plenty of fist to the face and knee to the nuts action.


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Title:  Ninjak #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Clay Mann;  Butch Guice

Inker:  Seth Mann

Colorist:  Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Lewis LaRosa; Clay Mann; Brian Reber; Dave Johnson; Marguerite Sauvage; Trevor Hairsine and Tom Muller; Tom Brennan

Review:  ★★★★☆

Ninjak’s latest solo story traverses between multiple points of his life, the present and his childhood and then his start as a spy in The Lost Files backup.  The story from his childhood seemed a bit unnecessary in relation to the main narrative, but it does a great job setting up his current assignment, even though we wish the fight between him and Roku would have been extended further as Mann’s art is gorgeous choreographing the two in that sequence.


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Title:  Postal #2

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins

Artist:  Isaac Goodhart

Colorist:  Betsy Gonia

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Linda Sejic;  Isaac Goodhart and Betsy Gonia

Review:  ★★★★☆

Postal continues to impress us with a fantastically complex lead and whats turning into a thrilling murder mystery.  The connection the murder victim had to Mark seemed like a bit of a stretch, but it is one that was forgivable given the interesting origin of the suspected murderer, assuming it is who they currently believe it to be.


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Title:  Ragnarök #4

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Walter Simonson

Artist:  Walter Simonson

Colorist:  Laura Martin

Letterer:  John Workman

Cover Artist:  Walter Simonson and Laura Martin;

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Walter Simonson returns to doing what he does best: Spinning tales of Norse mythology, in IDW’s take on the famous God of thunder, Thor.  As Thor continues his quest across the Dusk Lands, he encounters a village of pacifists and their sworn protector, an armored troll. However, as Thor soon discovers, the biggest threat to the village could come from within.


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Title:  Resurrectionists #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Maurizio Rosenweig

Colorist:  Moreno Dinisio

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Doe

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Resurrectionists took a stumble this week by turning the focus on two characters we have thus far been least impressed by, even if one had a twist that makes her much more interesting than before.  At this point, at least all of the characters have been unlocked, meaning we can get back to the con and the rest of Jericho’s team.


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Title:  Sheltered #15

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ed Brisson

Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Colorist:  Shari Chankhamma

Cover Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

What sadly is most disappointing about the final issue of Sheltered is that the penultimate issue was the last featuring the most emotional moments of the series.  It was satisfying to see what happened to the characters after, and the end tease that Sun Haven may have been right all along, but it would have worked much better if they would have been able to wrap this into last month.


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Title:  Shutter #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joe Keatinge

Artist:  Leila Del Duca

Colorist:  Owen Gieni

Letterer:  John Workman

Cover Artist:   Leila Del Duca

Review:  ★★★☆☆

A lot has been leading up to this and we’re finally drawn into the Dreamscape, which is every bit of a strange place as we could have imagined.  While the setting takes a large part of the emphasis, the best part is actually the more subtle interactions between the two sisters, slowly watching them interact for the first time and finding familial bonds they didn’t know they had despite being enemies.


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Title:  Sidekick #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  J. Michael Straczynski

Artist:  Tom Mandrake

Colorist:  HiFi

Cover Artist:  Tom Mandrake and HiFi

Review:  ★★★☆☆

For ten issues we have been building to the confrontation between Flyboy and the Red Cowl and it probably would have been tough to make it anymore anticlimactic than it was.  This should have been an epic confrontation between the former mentor and sidekick, but instead it feels as though the series forget how many issues it was set for and has to cram everything in right at the finish line.


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Title:  Sinergy #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma

Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming

Colorist:  Taki Soma

Letterer:  David Walker

Cover Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma;  Skottie Young

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

For the most part everything finishes wrapped in a neat little package as Julia and the police detectives see the demons for what they really are.  The final battle had a few deaths, but the most important one gets less attention than the deaths of two characters we only just met recently, muffling the conclusions emotional impact.


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Title:  Southern Cross #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Becky Cloonan

Artist:  Andy Belanger

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Serge LaPointe

Cover Artist:  Becky Cloonan

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Reading Southern Cross, we kept wanting to enjoy it more than we did, but Alex and the supporting characters all felt fairly one-dimensional.  The actual story itself has plenty of promise, we’re always up for a good science fiction mystery, but the characters really need to develop more, especially Alex if she is going to be narrating the series.


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Title:  Star Trek #43

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Johnson

Artist:  Tony Shasteen

Colorist:  Davide Mastrolonardo

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Joe Corroney

Review:  ★★★★☆

The crew of the Enterprise have found themselves stranded further out in the Delta Quadrant than the Federation has ever been before and their only salvation seems to be leading them towards even more troubles.  Johnson continues to capture the personality of the crew spot on, but more than anything we came away impressed by Shasteen and Mastrolonardo’s phenomenal performance in nailing every panel this month.


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Title:  X #23

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Rafael Albuquerque

Review:  ★★★★☆

Several old plot threads come back to haunt X as he tries to pick up the pieces of Arcadia after the devastation of the last arc.  We don’t fully buy into the latest amateur vigilante’s transition, but we loved seeing the origin of X’s missing eye, especially the reason why it never heals.


 

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