Capsule Comic Reviews 04/08/15

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Best of the Week


Title:  Big Man Plans #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell;  Dave Johnson

Review:  ★★★★★

This book is a brutal revenge story like we’ve never seen before.  Big Man brings his rage back to those who tormented him as a kid and the result is blood, burns, and broken bones for all involved.  The series is dark, lending perfectly to Powell’s art style which you typically see in The Goon.  It is outrageous per his typical style, but it’s pure excitement from start to finish.


Title:  Imperium #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  Brian Reber and Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Doug Braithwaite and Ulises Arreola;  Raul Allen;  Cary Nord

Review:  ★★★★★

When the series began we were not fully sold, but the second issue won us over more until this completely locked us in.  That is easily because of our favorite new character, Sunlight on Snow, a self-aware robot who is coming to terms with being alive.  The issue draws the focus to his questions about his own existence and the fact that no one in the Foundation sees him as a person.  There is some action mixed in involving a newly bred Vine assassin along with an interesting development with Gravedog.  Those events keep things varied, but after the issue Sunlight on Sun is all you’ll be talking about.

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Title:  Birthright #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Andrei Bresson

Colorist:  Adriano Lucas

Letterer:  Pat Brosseau

Cover Artist:  Andrei Bresson and Adriano Lucas;  James Harren

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Mikey and Brennan’s adventure into the woods continues.  There are a few things out-of-place enough to worry Brennan that his brother is not the good person he remembers anymore.  Mostly it is a slow issue, but the fact that the NSA is now involved in the investigation regarding Mikey could provide an interesting dynamic.


Title:  Copperhead #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber

Artist:  Scott Godlewski

Colorist:  Ron Riley

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After solving her first case, the sheriff is due some down time, but the town is always full of problems.  Even so we get to explore the characters on different personal levels as they recoup from the last arc.  Boo gets put into a position that will test his already shaky loyalty that should settle his stance once and for all.  While not a lot happened, it was nice just to have time for the characters to breathe so we could learn more of the nuisances about them.


Title:  Descender #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Review:  ★★★☆☆

In the first issue of Descender, we weren’t quite sure what to make out of this new series. With the second issue, we’re still not sure where things are going, but we definitely have higher hopes.  Tim-21’s post creation is explored, weaving out flashes of time with his family with the Scrappers chasing him.  It really reminded us of the film A.I. with several similarities, except that Tim was much more loved and understood, while also possessing some crazy defenses.  It made the story much more heartfelt and personal which we hope continues into the future.


Title:  Five Ghosts #16

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Frank J. Barbiere

Artist:  Chris Mooneyham

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Cover Artist:  Chris Mooneyham

Review:  ★★★☆☆

When we last saw Fabian, things didn’t look to good for him after a fight with Van Helsing.  After the lengths Doctor Moreau went to get him, it is disappointing to see his escape occur so quickly.  It took a bit of the tension out of the arc, but the fate of Sebastian still leaves us intrigued.


Title:  Kaijumax #1

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Zander Cannon

Artist:  Zander Cannon

Cover Artist:  Zander Cannon

Review:  ★★★★☆

We’re pretty sure you’ve never read anything like Kaijumax.  Sure, you’ve read stories covering life in prison, but what about life in a giant monster prison.  Like the world of the Godzilla franchise, Earth;s inhabitants were tired of these giant monsters destroying their cities, so the human champion Jeong has imprisoned them all on a secure island.  Considering the book focuses on giant monsters, you would think that an emotional connection wouldn’t be present, but that’s not the case at all.  You’ll feel for newly incarcerated Electrogor and wonder who really are the monsters in this story.


Title:  Rai #8

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Clayton Crain

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Clayton Crain;  David Mack;  Bart Sears and John Rauch

Review:  ★★★★☆

The war against father has been brewing and it finally arrives in the penultimate issue of Rai.  For better or worse, instead of slowly going through all the battlefronts, the spotlight is laid upon Rai and his battle with his newly created successor as Silk narrates what happened that day.  Even that battle only shows brief highlights.  It would have been more entertaining to see bigger strokes used to give us a better idea of the massive scale and importance of this attack.  Ultimately it leads to a finale that you won’t see coming and will make the next few months the series takes a hiatus unbearable.


Title:  Rebels #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Andrea Mutti

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  Clayton Crain;  David Mack;  Bart Sears and John Rauch

Review:  ★★★★☆

If only history were always this fun!  Brian Wood delivers up a great realistic look into the American Revolution and one of the first militias.  Both from Wood’s writing and Mutti’s art, the reader is encompassed in a recreation of 1775 as we follow Seth who is taking his first steps into the cause.  Creating a period piece can be tough if the details are off, but they nailed them here for a great look into this time period.


Title:  Southern Cross #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Becky Cloonan

Artist:  Andy Belanger

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Serge LaPointe

Cover Artist:  Andy Belanger

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The mystery deepens on Southern Cross as Braith’s cabin-mate goes missing.  While trying to find her, she discovers that others have disappeared off the Titan bound ship in previous voyages before.  The story unwinds at a slow pace through Braith’s investigation, but the very end picks things up with a great horror moment that should send shivers down your spine.


Title:  Sundowners #8

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Tim Seeley

Artist:  Jim Terry

Colorist:  Sean Dove

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Sundowners are on the run and Karl Volf’s friend who he thought could hide them is in worse shape than imaginable.  Meanwhile Citizen, joined by Crowlita and the doctor, decides if they are going to be in a rundown city, they owe it to clean up the streets.  As usual they all are in over their head, but what else would you expect from this unhinged group?  After the first arc ended though, we still have been left wondering why the series didn’t end there, so hopefully next month will give a better idea of where this is headed.


Title:  Transformers:  More Than Meets The Eye #39

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  James Roberts

Artist:  Hayato Sakamoto

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Alex Milne;  Nick Roche

Review:  ★★★★☆

War is coming to Megatron, Rodimus, and the crew of The Lost Light and they have no idea. The Decepticon Justice Division is the hard right hand of the Decepticon cause and sworn punishers of all Cons who would break ranks or rules. So when the DJD’s leader, Tarn, finds out that Megatron, of all people, has defected to the Autobots, needless to say he finds himself at a loss. Not ready to lay down his badge, Tarn takes his crew and pays a visit to Deathsaurus, a powerful Decepticon warlord who has carved out his own little corner of the universe (a major no-no), but not for the reasons Deathsaurus may think.


Title:  X #24

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkins and Comicraft

Cover Artist:  Benjamin Carre

Review:  ★★★★☆

X is ready to leave his city behind to face a growing threat that must be dealt with.  Before he can leave though, he still has Gundog to take care of a new vigilante to either stop or help.  The conclusion leaves plenty of time for the bone crushing blows we expect from the series, but actually some emotional moments to as X says goodbye to his allies.  Every month this series is one of our favorites, so hopefully this is only the end for a brief time before our ruthless vigilante returns to Arcadia.

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