Capsule Comic Reviews 04/01/15

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Best of the Week


Title:  The Dying and The Dead #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jonathan Hickman

Artist:  Ryan Bodenheim

Colorist:  Michael Garland

Letterer:  Rus Wooton

Cover Artist:  Ryan Bodenheim

Review:  ★★★★★

The Dying and the Dead is already establishing itself as one of the most smart, fun comics on the market as this week it borrows shades of Warren Ellis’ Red as the Colonel brings his former comrades out of retirement.  Hickman does such a perfect job on the setup and pace of each issue that you’ll breeze through and want to reread it immediately just because of how good it is.


Title:  Puppet Master #1

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Shawn Gabborin

Artist:  Michael De Sacco

Colorist:  Yann Perrelet

Cover Artist:  Michael De Sacco

Review:  ★★★★★

On the first issue of many comics the pacing starting off can be slow until you finally find a hint of action after the build up at the very end.  Luckily Puppet Master brings us just what we want from this franchise and genre, grizzly deaths right from the start that continue all the way through the last page, all perpetrated by our favorite deadly puppets.

The Weekly Rundown


Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #13

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Cliff Richards

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Mike Norton and Mark Englert

Review:  ★★★★☆

Last month when we read the series, we really did not like the latest addition, Eldre Koh.  In just an issues time Gischler has quickly changed our mind on the character as he tries to learn how he can find peace without revenge, just in time for Illyria to reappear and put his soul-searching into doubt.


Title:  Creature Cops:  Special Varmint Unit #3

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Rob Anderson

Artist:  Fernando Melek

Inker:  Novo Malgapo

Colorist:  Juan Romera

Cover Artist:  Fernando Melek and Kevin Volo

Review:  ★★★★☆

One of the most special things about Creature Cops is that in this odd world, our protagonists are not perfect whether it be physical appearance or mental, but that’s what makes us become so attached to them.  The final issue brings some nice personal interactions as the unit is forced to relive a moment from their past and get it right this time, all while making us wonder why this has to the end of this great mini-series.


Title:  Doctor Who:  Ninth Doctor #1

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Cavan Scott

Artist:  Blair Shedd

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Alice X

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Ninth Doctor is back in an all new adventure that finds himself, Rose, and Captain Jack trapped in the middle of a conflict they know nothing about.  Scott and Shedd have nailed the intricacies of this version of the Doctor, making us already realize this being just a mini-series isn’t going to be enough!


Title:  EGOs #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Stuart Moore

Artist:  Gus Storms

Colorist:  Ryan Hill

Letterer:  Rob Steen

Cover Artist:  Gus Storms

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The EGO’s investigation leads them towards two individuals who really are not much help with anything, making for an underwhelming issue.  There were still some entertaining parts, such as the five shanker man taking them for a ride in the pursuit of alcohol, but overall if you skipped this week, you wouldn’t be missing much.


Title:  The Ghost Fleet #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Donny Cates

Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Letterer:  Chris Crank

Cover Artist:  Tyrell Cannon

Review:  ★★★★☆

The series has seen its fair share of ups and downs so far, but this week its riding high as Trace seeks out his truck and dog from those who stole them;  sadly only one is salvageable. It is full of the grit and high-octane action this series promised, making it an issue not to miss if you’ve been curious about picking this up.


Title:  God Hates Astronauts #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ryan Browne

Artist:  Ryan Browne

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Letterer:  Chris Crank and Ryan Browne

Cover Artist:  Ryan Browne;  Aaron Conley and Ryan Browne

Review:  ★★★★☆

The crab war continues with a mix of time travel and vintage “Big Johnson” shirts that we had entirely forgotten about.  There is plenty of deaths, lots of craziness, more Gnarly Winslow mint ads, and lots of laughs just like it should be.


Title:  Graveyard #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jat Faerber

Artist:  Fran Bueno

Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire

Cover Artist:  Fran Bueno

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Liam and Hope decide instead of hiding, bringing the fight to Cromeyer’s lair is the only option.  While enjoyable with Bueno on top of his craft with the art, the finale is fairly anticlimactic as the big bad Cromeyer is reduced to little more than a thug with only a few henchmen.


Title:  Lady Killer #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Artist:  Joelle Jones

Colorist:  Laura Allred

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Joelle Jones and Laura Allred

Review:  ★★★★☆

Last time we were Josie her work life was starting to crash down around her as he firm decided it was time to terminate her employment.  Considering she is one of their best agents, however, she is not so easily killed, leading to a high-speed chase, some hand-to-hand combat, and an uneasy alliance to bring the fight to the agency itself.


Title:  Millennium #3

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Joe Harris

Artist:  Colin Lorimer

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Letterer:  Chris Mowry

Cover Artist:  menton3

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Frank has been searching for his daughter for so long, but when he finally finds her, the reunion is not so happy considering where her allegiance appears to lie.  The welcome cameo of the Lone Gunmen and a twist ending keep this issue interesting from an otherwise slow pace.


Title:  Nailbiter #11

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski

Review:  ★★★★☆

If the last few months of Nailbiter haven’t provided you with enough blood, you’re about to get more than your fill of gore between Finch interrogating Nailbiter and a terrible end for the Bee Killer.  Not only that, but we appear to be on the precipice of finding our the true reason Buckaroo spawns so many serial killers.


Title:  The X-Files Season 10 #22

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Joe Harris

Artist:  Matthew Dow Smith

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Cover Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

Review:  ★★★★☆

The mystery man in charge of the Elders stands revealed and it is quite the surprise, a character with a long time connection to Mulder.  The issue goes mythos heavy for those not as familiar with the show’s heavy background, but long time fans will see this as the culmination of multiple different threads from the show.


Title:  X-O Manowar #35

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Diego Bernard

Inker:  Ryan Winn with Faucher and Pennington

Colorist:  Brian Reber and Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Johnny Lowe

Cover Artist:   Rodin Esquejo

Review:  ★★★★☆

As powerful as the suit Aric wears is, it unfortunately  is not enough to save a world he promised to detect.  The issue is heavy on action with some incredible scenes where our hero does not fair very well, but it also features some heartbreaking scenes as we watch an entire planet only have moments before annihilation.

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