Capsule Comic Reviews 04/22/15

Capsule Reviews are light this week because of our preperation for C2E2, so we chose our top picks of the week which you can check out below!

Best of the Week


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Title:  Ivar, Timewalker #4

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Clayton Henry

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen; Dave Messina;  Ramon Villalobos and Guy Major

Review:  ★★★★★

Even through time travel, the universe won’t let you change time and Neela finds this out the hard way by trying to save a family member.  The issue runs through a long-range of emotions from highs to lows as she realizes the futility, while it stays exciting and fun from start to finish.  The ending of the first arc also promises us what’s to come next and we cannot wait for Ivar’s reunion with his brothers as he rushes to save Neela from herself.


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Title:  Ninjak #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Clay Mann;  Butch Guice

Inker:  Seth Mann

Colorist:  Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Lewis LaRosa and David Baron; Dave Johnson;  Pia Guerra;  Raul Allen;  Das Pastoras

Review:  ★★★★★

We already know that Ninjak is good at killing people but here is spy and espionage skills are put to the test as he needs to convince Kannon of his loyalty.  Even how he proves this shows just how deadly he is, without actually killing anyone.  It all gets prefaces by Clay Mann’s vivid art that makes the action fluid and seamless.  Even the back-up story is top-notch as Ninjak hesitates during one of his mission.  It shows that even he was not as cold as he is now and can make mistakes, or at very least possible mistakes that could come back to haunt him.


The Weekly Rundown


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Title:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage

Artist:  Rebekah Isaacs

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Steve Morris;  Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson

Review:  ★★★★☆

Judging from Buffy’s past relationships, it’s hard to imagine her and Spike will last.  Even if it doesn’t, as Buffy enters Spike’s mind to find out who has been killing humans, she finds how much he really loves her.  The demon they’re searching for has a special connection over Spike which means the couple might have another problem to face;  each other.  The importance of this demon should have been drawn out a little bit more as potentially this is one of the most powerful demon’s they’ve face in quite a while, though they seem to not be having much problem with him at the start.  The reaction the group had to learning this connection felt a little off, but fans of Buffy and Spike will eat up the drama.


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Title:  Deadly Class #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Wes Craig 

Cover Artist:  Jerome Opena;  Dono Sanchez Almara;  Johnathan Wayshack

Review:  ★★★★☆

After last months action packed issue it was hard to imagine things staying at that intensity, but Remender pulled it off with ease. With their last enemy dead, Maria’s past comes back with a vengeance leaving devastation in the wake. It pushes forward immediately and doesn’t stop until the bloody conclusion. Deadly Class has never been better and we’re loving it.


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Title:  Empire Uprising #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Barry Kitson

Colorist:  Chris Sotomayer

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Barry Kitson

Review:  ★★★★☆

What does a super villain do after he has taken over the world? Empire is back and Golgoth is finding absolute power has its own problems. Rebels still oppose him and use his dead daughter to taunt him. A mysterious threat appears poised to strike at him. No one does old school like Waid and he once again proves it with this return. It has a classic comic feel, just reversed with a super villain. If you have never read Empire, make sure to grab the first volume, but even if you haven’t, you won’t want to miss Uprising.


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