Capsule Comic Reviews 05/06/15

Best of the Week


Title:  God Hates Astronauts #8

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ryan Browne

Artist:  Ryan Browne

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd and Ryan Browne

Letterer:  Chris Crank and Ryan Browne

Cover Artist:  Ryan Browne;  Gene Ha and Ryan Browne

Review:  ★★★★☆

Normal head, giant head, ghost cow head.  Hilarious time traveling brings us one of God Hates Astronauts best issues yet.  Starrior goes back in time to recruit a past version of her now dead husband, before his head exploded the first time.  Of course he wants to find out what happens to himself, but is disappointed to find a giant head and ghost cow head are much grosser than they sound. Head humor not your thing?  How about an exploding tiger?  There is a little insanity for all to enjoy and surely not to be missed.

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Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #14

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Mike Norton and Mark Englert

Review:  ★★★★☆

The big battle with Illyria is in full swing, but the key to beating her is not through physical might.  The issue serves as a great character piece for Fred and Illyria, cementing their new status quo for sharing the same body.  Not only this, but it looks like things turn out for the characters of the book forming a “team” of sorts. It’s not quite Angel Investigations, but it has that feel to it which is pretty exciting for future possibilities if that’s the direction they stick with.  We even end things with some more hints about Nadira, making us wonder if she is friend or foe.


Title:  Dead Drop #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Ales Kot

Artist:  Adam Gorham

Colorist:  Michael Spicer

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Adam Gorham and Tamra Bonvillain;  Juan Jose Ryp and Pete Pantazis;  Brian Level and Jordan Boyd

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Dead Drop finds X-O Manowar in pursuit of a girl transporting a very deadly vial, but he keeps finding himself one step behind her the entire issue.  It has an interesting concept we want to see explored further, though it is hard to believe one of the most powerful heroes of the Valiant Universe has so much trouble catching one girl.  Gorham’s art is a big change of pace compared to the typical style you’ll see employed in most of Valiant’s books.  It has a more indie feel to it and actually does lend itself well for one big chase sequence.  With X-O Manowar out of commission at the end, we hope Archer next up will lend himself better to the story.


Title:  Descender #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Review:  ★★★★☆

In the last issue, Tim-21 found himself “dying” after being shot by the scrappers.  Driller who came to his rescue tries to save him, but was not designed to repair another robot.  Fortunately help is still on its way to investigate.  During his “death” Tim-21 has a dream about all of the robots that were destroyed during the purge needing his help.  Only robots can’t dream.  Potentially this could mean Tim-21 is much more than a robot, which we still believe he is, but there could be much more to this with a “robot afterlife” of sorts.  It certainly opens up plenty of philosophical questions if that’s the case, though we still don’t know for sure.  What we do know is that they have us much more intrigued than we had been before.


Title:  Elephantmen #64

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Richard Starkings

Artist:  Carlos Pedro

Cover Artist:  Pia Guerra

Review:  ★★★★☆

Last issue of Elephantmen found everything crumble around our characters. We get to find out how most of them are coping afterwards, but the spotlight goes to Hip in a more personal story as his old flame Miki helps him through whether he is a monster or not.  It’s a very powerful psychological look into the character as we deal through his self doubt through his and Miki’s eyes.  The series needed a cool down after the status shattering events before, this was exactly what was needed.


Title:  The Ghost Fleet #7

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Donny Cates

Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Letterer:  Chris Crank

Cover Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson and Lauren Affe

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Things take quite a swerve for The Ghost Fleet.  We knew something supernatural was involved with the cargo from the very first issue, but we never would have guessed an apocalyptic purpose behind it.  It gives Ward a chance at redemption and Trace a chance to supercharge up for some really massive action scenes, more so than we had already seen.  Even though it felt a bit out of left-field, this is a series that has gone big and over the top on most things, so in the end it actually fits right in.


Title:  Nailbiter #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson and Adam Markiewicz

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

For years the normal residents of Buckaroo have had to contend with serial killers in their midst.  Finally it looks like they’ve had enough.  Meanwhile Finch looks to the sheriff for help with getting Warren to talk.  We also find Agent Barker alive and well physically, but mentally she is not quite all there.  Warren promised that he would reveal what in Buckaroo turned people into serial killers.  Of course it wasn’t revealed here, as we imagine it will be dragged out a little further more.  It was interesting to see his first brush with death at a young age, something that had to have had a role with turning him into the killer he is today.  While the story was a little on the slow side, it did let us explore what affects the violence is having on everyone in the story.


Title:  Orphan Black #3

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, and Jody Hauser

Artist:  Alan Quah and Cat Staggs

Colorist:  Chris Fenoglio

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

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

Review:  ★★★★☆

Once again Orphan Black comes out with a great mix of showing us what we already saw in the show while splicing it with new background deals.  With Alison, we see more of her and Donnie and college.  Probably the biggest insight we receive is actually through Donnie’s eyes as we find how he was recruited for the program, after the two were already together.  It shows us that he truly loved her before all of that, even though it does make it hard to swallow as to why he allowed the tests on her after seeing it was more obtrusive than he was told.  While this series is really just for fans of the show, it does a great job of giving those of us who are fans more of what we love about it.


Title:  Thief of Thieves #28

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Andy Diggle

Artist:  Shawn Martinbrough

Colorist:  Adriano Lucas

Letterer:  Rus Wooton

Covers:  Shawn Martinbrough and Adriano Lucas

Review:  ★★★★☆

With Celia getting arrested, everyone is getting very nervous about whether she will talk to the police or not.  Redmond on the other hand is mostly a little peeved that she stole his name and reputation.  Honor among thieves looks like its going to be tested heavily into the next issue.  The issue does allow for a little action as Celia tries to make a futile escape from the cops, but the best part comes from the secret meeting trying to decide her and Redmond’s fate.  Most of it was just build up for what’s to come, but seeing Redmond ready to get back in the saddle made it more than exciting.


Title:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Paul Allor

Artist:  Andy Kuhn

Colorist:  Nick Filardi

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Andy Kuhn and Nick Filardi;  Ben Bates

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Mutanimals as a group have had a tough time winning us over.  With the majority of them captured, it is up to Slash and Mondo Gecko to free their friends from captivity.  It really made us appreciate them better as it allowed us to actually get to know them.  Slash specifically had a great part in the story as he struggled with his fluctuating mental facilities and rage which scared his team.  The very odd looking Mutagen Man introduced last issue has some great opportunities in the narrative as well, especially to show us he has plenty of spirit.  Sometimes a team book can make it hard to connect to individual characters when so much is going on, which makes us love more character focused outings every now and then.  This was a great example of how giving just a few characters more time to breathe can easily win you over.


Title:  Valiant Universe Handbook:  2015 Edition #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Various

Artist:  Various

Cover Artist:  Butch Guice;  Rafa Sandoval

Review:  ★★★★☆

Whether you are looking to enter the Valiant universe for the first time or you have been reading since the beginning of the relaunch, this is a great resource of information for a great price.  It covers in-depth detail for all the characters in this world, hero and villain.  The nature of it makes it great for those looking to access the work and not knowing where to start, but even those informed about the universe already will find some great information they may have not known as we ourselves even found out.


Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Covers:  Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With all of the gods finally assembled, Baphomet is ready to stir trouble with the start of Ragnarok.  As you can tell from the cover, he’s out for blood.  Laura finally comes to terms with not being one of the gods and helps Cassandra with being one.  After the first arc with Lucifer things have slowed down quite a bit, but we’re excited to see things are finally about to get moving once again with Baphomet ready to go on a rampage with his first mark lined up.

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