One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 03/18/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Ivar, Timewalker #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Clayton Henry

Inker:  Clayton Henry and Bit

Colorist:  Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen

Review:  ★★★★★

Things take quite a turn this week as Ivar’s brother Gilad makes an appearance to help out Nela, as she realizes she might not be able to trust her time traveling companion.  Every issue the stakes get higher and the lies grow;  we just can’t get enough!


Title:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz

Artist:  Cory Smith

Colorist:  Ronda Pattison

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Cory Smith;  Kevin Eastman;  Tadd Galusha;  Tommy Patterson

Review:  ★★★★★

What more could you ask for:  Shredder, Krang, Metalhead, and one of the most shocking deaths we could have ever imagined in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  While we imagine this death won’t stick forever, it still packs an emotional wallop like we’ve never felt before from the series

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Title:  Alex + Ada #13

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Artist:  Johnathan Luna

Cover Artist:  Johnathan Luna

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The social climate in the world Alex and Ada live has finally hit a fever point and the two are faced with having to run away together from everything they know.  It’s hard to imagine these two having a happy ending the way things are going, but it is keeping things interesting to have their feelings finally aligned, only to have society against their love.


Title:  Casanova:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon

Artist:  Megan Levens

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Steve Morris;  Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson

Review:  ★★★★☆

The love lives of the Scooby Gang continue to crumble, but somehow Buffy and Spike are continuing to weather the heartbreak going around them.  Just as much as we’re happy to see those two not being quickly broken apart, we love the continued reactions of Andrew finally coming out such as Xander’s awkwardness in dealing with it while being supportive, but above all Andrew’s own acceptance with himself.


Title:  Chrononauts #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist:  Sean Gordon Murphy

Colorist:  Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Sean Gordon Murphy

Review:  ★★★★☆

The overview of the world easily accepting the idea of time travel as though it is the next moon landing feels like quite of a bit of a stretch, but otherwise Chrononauts introduces us to two hot shots that you can’t help but like right from the start.  The stage is set for some interesting time traveling adventures which is made even better with the excellent art from Murphy and striking colors that complement it and the story perfectly from Hollingsworth.


Title:  C.O.W.L. #9

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel

Artist:  Rod Reis

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Trevor McCarthy

Review:  ★★★★☆

Just when things seem to have played out perfectly for C.O.W.L. Chief Geoffrey Warner in his negotiations with the mayor, Radia breaking the line may have swung the pendulum back the other way again.  The issue pulls no punches from showing just how far the leaders of C.O.W.L. will go, all the way to the brutal street fight between Radia and Doppler.


Title:  Divinity #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Trevor Hairsine

Inker:  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  David Baron

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic;  Tom Muller;  Rafa Sandoval;  Diego Bernard;  Lewis Larosa

Review:  ★★★★☆

Divinity wastes no time in showing that the Valiant Universe’s heroes are in no way a match for the returned Abram and his god-like powers.  Two issues in we’re no closer to uncovering the enigma that is Divinity, whether he is here as a savior or destroyer, but that question is keeping everything fresh and exciting.


Title:  Groo:  Friends and Foes #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Publishing

Writer:  Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier

Artist:  Sergio Aragones

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Stan Sakai

Cover Artist:  Sergio Aragones

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Friends and Foes continues to be an excellent exploration of the colorful cast that have been negatively affected by having Groo in their lives.  How anyone could think more Groo was the answer to stopping Groo is beyond us, but it sure led to some good laughs this week.


Title:  Invisible Republic #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko

Artist:  Gabriel Hardman

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Hardman

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The debut issue of Invisible Republic kept us wondering where things were going for quite a while, but the prospect of finding a previously unknown side of a recently fallen dictator is intriguing.  Our interest was piqued with the help of Hardman going all out on the art, we’re ready to see where things go from here.


Title:  Judge Dredd #28

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Nelson Daniel

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Mark Torres;  James O’ Barr

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After being mortally wounded, Judge Dredd teeters on the edge of death. The corrupt Chief Justice Cal, however, has other plans, pursuing Dredd into his subconscious to learn his secrets. Dredd has little chance to survive the cerebral assault until an ally from his past steps into the path of danger, and Dredd’s head, giving Cal a run for his money.


Title:  Millennium #2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Joe Harris

Artist:  Colin Lorimer

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Letterer:  Chris Mowry

Cover Artist:   Menton3

Review:  ★★★★☆

While the X-Files was an important show for us growing up, Millennium never hooked us quite the same way.  This continuation is playing is smart by making Mulder an important part of the story, making us more interested in Frank’s journey than we ever were with the original series


Title:  Orphan Black #2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, and Jody Houser

Artist:  Szymon Kudranski

Colorist:  Mat Lopes

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Cat Staggs;  Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Review:  ★★★★☆

When we read the first issue of Orphan Black, we were disappointed in what we thought was just a rehash of the television series without any new ideas;  we are extremely happy to say that things completely changed this month, showing us a greater insight to Helena’s origin then we’ve really seen before.  It still weaves into the events of the series, but it adds additional layers to what we had only partially seen in terms of her “brainwashing.”


Title:  Punks:  The Comics #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Cover Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Review:  ★★★★☆

Punks brings the crazy better than any other comic on the shelves and this week proves no exception.  Abe takes on models covered in chocolate and the gang takes a trip in full manga format through a crazy adventure that is almost incomprehensible, but hilarious either way.


Title:  Red One #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Xavier Dorison

Artist:  Terry Dodson

Inker:  Rachel Dodson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Red One relies a little too much on the cheesecake factor (because oh my, the Dodson’s art is gorgeous) when one of the Russians greatest agents seems to be a bit of an airhead.  It certainly has an interesting premise, having Russia trying to turn their best secret agent into a superhero the American public will fall in love with, but we wish it would have been more implicit as to why the Russians even cared about the current American vigilante she is sent to eventually kill.


Title:  The Strain:  The Night Eternal #7

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  David Lapham

Artist:  Mike Huddleston

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The end keeps getting closer and the Master has finally turned Eph’s son against the group after they had a victory of sorts last issue.  The group appears to be falling one by one and now that a seed of distrust has been planted, how is the group going to keep going?


Title:  Transformers #39

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  John Barber

Artist:  Livio Ramondelli

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Casey W. Coller;  Livio Ramondelli;  Sara Pitre-Durocher

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Combiner Wars kick off as multiple factions race to secure and implement technology that will shift the balance of power in the universe. While Optimus Prime and Windblade work to make sure that the peace is kept, Starscream secretly moves to secure his own power base. However, no one seems to notice that the shady arms dealer, Swindle, may be ahead of them all, and may Primus forgive anyone who stands in the way of his latest business acquisition… Menasor!


Title:  Witchblade #181

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  David Hine

Artist:  Gabriel Rearte

Colorist:  Betsy Gonia

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Rearte and Betsy Gonia;  Stjepan Sejic

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After finding out at the beginning of last issue that Sara had killed Jackie, we expected something a little more extravagant to go along with the death of such a long time, important character.  While things may not be completely over in regards to this, his death was to fast and to easy to have the same impact of seeing Sara talking to his severed head last issue.


Title:  The X-Files Season 10 #21

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Joe Harris

Artist:  Matthew Dow Smith

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Chris Mowry

Cover Artist:  Francesco Francavilla;  Matthew Dow Smith

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The X-Files is finally starting to play with the idea that all the secrets and cover ups are starting to leak to the main stream more and it’s about time.  This easily has the potential to shakeup the series to its core, now its just a matter if they’ll actually take this idea as far as they can or not.


Title:  Zombie Tramp #9

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin

Artist:  TMChu

Colorist:  Jason Martin

Letterer:  Adam Wollet

Cover Artist:  TMChu

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Zombie Tramp’s latest rising has inadvertently led to the creation of a new hit street drug that has the side effect of turning the user into a zombie.  It doesn’t make much sense once you dig into it, but the series seldom does while still managing to be entertaining nonetheless.

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