Capsule Comic Reviews 05/27/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Deadly Class #13

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Wes Craig 

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Wes Craig

Review:  ★★★★★

While we weren’t expecting Remender to be able to top last week’s high note for Deadly Class, he went ahead and did it.  As Maria has been captured and Marcus was left falling to his death, things looked pretty bleak.  Marcus gets a quick and fortunate save while we find Maria is just where she wanted to be to finish getting her revenge.  There is plenty of blood left to spilled and it looks like we might just get a happy ending.  But in a book about a school of assassins, there is no happy ending as things take a turn we never imagined coming.  The book played with our expectations and more ways than one and has shot this title on the top of our most anticipated each week.


Title:  Fight Club 2 #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Chuck Palahniuk

Artist:  Cameron Stewart

Colorist: Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: David Mack;  Cameron Stewart;  Lee Bermejo

Review: ★★★★★

After such a long time, some may question if a sequel was really needed.  Whatever discussion that alone can shepherd, after reading through the first issue alone you want care;  you will just want more.  Everything you loved about the original is back, now in graphic form for one more wild ride.  The first issue easily shows that there is still more than enough story to tell about these damaged individuals in a new beautiful package.  Read full review.

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Title:  Captain Midnight #23

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Miguel Sepulveda

Colorist:  Javier Mena

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Michael Broussard

Review:  ★★★★☆

As sad as we are to see Captain Midnight come to an end, the great thing about having only one issue left is that nothing is expected and no one is safe.  The Archon has taken the fight right to Captain Midnight’s base with an armed battalion.  Reinforcements arrive with Captain Midnight and his companions, along with X and Skyman.  Everyone is around for the final battle and not everyone makes it out of this issue alive.  The battle is definitely big and jaw dropping watching everyone is action, but the sense of this is it drives it through the roof.  All we know is we can’t wait for the big finish.


Title:  Chew #49

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Layman

Artist:  Rob Guillory

Colorist:  Taylor Wells

Cover Artist:  Rob Guillory

Review:  ★★★★☆

The collector has been forced to accelerate his plans, in much part due to Savoy and Olive making their way through his men.  Luckily for Tony his wife has been feeding him information as to where they are so he finally is able track them down.  The montage of Savoy and Olive ripping through wave after wave of villains is the highlight of the issue, but there is plenty to enjoy throughout.  Having Tony and John come to the same conclusion as to how to stop the Collector was a nice payoff from the last few issues and was more morbidly funny than it probably should be.


Title:  Conan the Avenger #14

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Guiu Vilanova

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Comicraft

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Conan and Natala learn all about the cursed city they have taken refuge in, Xuthal, by one of its inhabitants who found their way there long ago.  It seems the city was built on the site of an ancient evil who stalks the shadows in search of sacrifices occasionally, while the inhabitants are happy to spend their time in a dream like state most of their lives.  The two decide it is time to take leave of the city, but their gracious host has other plans for Natala.  The issue gives Conan to a chance to flex his sword skills in some slicing and dicing.  Natala isn’t given much of a chance to do much in this issue but sit and listen, as we were hoping she would recover from his de-characterization into a simple damsel in distress we felt she suffered last issue.  Considering she seems to be an integral part of this arc, hopefully some of that will still be fixed next week.


Title:  Divinity #4

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;  Raul Allen;  Butch Guice

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Unity is finally able to get Divinity out of their heads long enough to put their original plan in motion while he is lost in his own thoughts of the family he lost.  The people who have been inspired by Divinity and see him as a savior since his arrival are not to keen on Unity trying to capture him and try to fight them off.  We did like that Divinity was finally able to make peace of sorts with the fact that he missed the chance to be with his family, even though at the end he wasn’t able to completely let go.  How many of us could though when it comes to family?  While there were some missed opportunities to further explore the character without Unity getting in the way, it was still solid miniseries for the character’s debut.


Title:  Godzilla:  Rulers of Earth #24

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Chris Mowry

Artist:  Matt Frank

Inker:  Mostafa Moussa

Colorist:  Priscilla Tramontano

Cover Artist:  Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Earth is not looking in good shape right now as the hybrids are over running the planet and have taken out Godzilla.  Just when things look the bleakest, reinforcements arrive and Godzilla manages to get back up.  Sure, he is even more outnumbered, but it is Godzilla after all.  There is plenty of destruction for any fan, especially for those who like to see the green giant battle against insurmountable odds.


Title:  Grindhouse:  Drive In, Bleed Out #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Alex De Campi

Artist:  Mulele Jarvis

Colorist:  Marissa Louise

Cover Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The latest story in Grindhouse introduces us to Lady Danger,  Agent of B.O.O.T.I., a title alone that is insured to illicit some laughs.  Store clerk by day, secret agent by night, Rachelle gets called in to rescue some hostages in a remote Thai village.  What she doesn’t realize is that she is about to be caught up in office politics of the CIA trying to absorb her agency.  While an enjoyable adventure so far, it does feel a little out-of-place in Grindhouse.  It feels like more of an homage to 70’s blaxploitation films than it does to horror.  As for being over the top and having fun with itself, it does that just right.


Title:  Halo:  Escalation #18

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duffy Boudreau

Artist:  Douglas Franchin

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Jean-Sebastien Rossbach

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The origin of Holly Tanaka is fully revealed as we find out what happened to her after the fall of her colony.  The roughnecks who saved her are actually friends who are trying to keep her safe from the Jackal scavengers.  The glassing of Cleyell continues to serve as a reminder to her about her escape as a child while the team searches for the survivors.  It serves to redeem her conscience while also showing her entry into Spartan-IV program.  The action was decent, but it did feel the jackals were taken out a little too easily keeping the fight from being to impactful.  The past was focused a little to heavily from the beginning, if it had been reigned in a bit more, watching her on the older setting could have been fleshed out to be more exciting.


Title:  The Infinite Loop #2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Pierrick Colinet

Artist:  Elsa Charretier

Cover Artist:  Elsa Charretier;  Tim Sale and Dave Stewart

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Teddy quickly decides she has to protect the girl anomaly who appeared last issue.  The two quickly form a bond for which Teddy fully embraces as she protects her from the special unit 70 that is sent to take care of them both.  The bond the two form happens a little to quick.  While physical attraction can account for part of it, the relationship they form doesn’t feel natural.  Add in the factor we still are not sure if the anomaly is an artificial creation or not we can’t buy into Teddy fully falling for her.  While adding in unit 70 adds some urgency to the story, we would prefer next issue to just watch the two grow together more.


Title:  Invisible Republic #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko

Artist:  Gabriel Hardman

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Hardman

Review:  ★★★☆☆

In the present, Croger is having a hard time keeping hold of Maia’s journal as outside forces are looking to take it for their own.  In the past, Maia’s secret is fully revealed, causing Arthur to force her away, or try to kill her depending on how you view it.  While the writing team is keeping the dialogue interesting, after three issues it is weighing things down that more has not been explained about Arthur’s reign or about how Maia is tying into it.  It has gotten to the point where more needs to start being revealed before we start losing interest in what has the potential to be a great story.


Title:  Ivar, Timewalker #5

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Francis Portela

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Steve Lieber and Ron Chan;  Raul Allen; Robert Gill and Omi Remalante;  Clayton Henry

Review:  ★★★★☆

With Neela having met up with her misguided future self who is ready to break time to save their father, Ivar sets about recruiting some help to rescue her from herself.  He sets about for a family reunion by recruiting Gilad from the far-flung, dark future and his Armstrong from the drunken present.  The future Gilad seems to be from around the same time period of the version of him we saw in The Valiant.  Here we get to see him in action though, proving that the years have only honed his skills.  Ivar is the only one excited for the three to reunite, meaning he needs to tell a few lies to make it happen.  The title continues to be a delight in regards to playing around with the time stream, especially with the beginning and ending of the issue which we won’t spoil.


Title:  Judge Dredd #30

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Nelson Daniel

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Nelson Daniel;  Mark Torres

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The latest Judge Dredd volume comes to an end but not quite with a bang.  Dredd has to get Anderson away from an angry crowd looking to kill the Chief Justice, whose body she has been inhabiting.  Trying to get her back to headquarters where a clone body is ready for her is easier said than done as Judge Verrity escapes her incarceration to stop Dredd who she believes is colluding with the Chief Justice.  It could have used a little bit more action and a less of an expected outcome as things got worked out to neatly for Dredd.  What it does have is a fun last two pages which breaks the fourth wall to close things rather uniquely.


Title:  The Order of the Forge #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Tazio Bettin

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★☆☆

These are certainly not the versions of historical American figures as you read them in history class.  After the fight from last issue, the magic contained in George Washington’s axe is unleashed on the group.  Ben Franklin becomes even smarter than he was before, Paul Revere turns into a semi-Ghost Rider of sorts as the horse he rides ignites in flames and becomes much faster.  Beyond his new knack for fighting skills, we find George has been cursed with only telling the truth.  With their new powers they are now on a mission to stop Hammond for taking control of the colonies for himself.  It is a little odd to see magic infused in these characters, but that is part of what makes it an entertaining adventure watching these men with extreme powers.


Title:  Past Aways #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Steve Kurth

Colorist:  Kito Young

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Jeffrey Veregge

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Past Aways survive their crash against the giant mech terrorizing the inhabitants below and start working their way up towards its “head.”  As they all make their way up, we find out what caused the team to break up, which happened to be one of the members not willing to sacrifice himself for everyone to be able to return. They eventually save the day by ending the suffering of the robot that had more to it than they came in knowing.  To reaffirm the fact time won’t let them die, we get a hilarious last page that sums up the book perfectly and why you should be reading it.


Title:  Postal #4

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins

Artist:  Isaac Goodhart

Colorist:  Betsy Gonia

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Linda Sejic;  Isaac Goodhart and Betsy Gonia

Review:  ★★★★☆

Mark has been underestimated by the town forever.  Even though those who hurt him were masked, he remembers every small little detail about them, enough to know who they all were.  After a time hop getting him through his recovery, he sets out to take revenge on those who hurt him, getting a little help from Maggie who is set on rising in the community.  His distant mother finds herself a little impressed even though she was not looking for immediate retaliation.  We love watching Mark put his disability to his own use to prove how valuable he actually is, especially when it comes to his memory.  Mark has his flaws, but that is what is making him such a great character to follow.


Title: They’re Not Like Us #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Stephenson

Artist:  Simon Gane

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Fonografiks

Cover Artist:  Simon Gane

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The house of gifted people lead by the Voice comes crumbling down as one of the inhabitants tries to kill herself.  Tabitha’s parents are brought back to the house for her to kill them, but she has seen enough of how things work there.  Telling her parents she is a telepath and dealing with them in her own way, she decides staying at the house under the Voice is not a way to live either.  Everyone is pulled apart as some decide to leave with her while others stay.  The issue does a good job of dealing with the acceptance of who you are and not just being part of the sheep.  it is emotional and affirming with the great dialogue.  One thing is for sure, the Voice is not going to stand for it.


Title:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz

Artist:  Mateus Santolouco

Colorist:  Ronda Pattison

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Mateus Santolouco;  Kevin Eastman and Ronda Pattison;  Alberto Ponticelli and Jay Fotos

Review:  ★★★★☆

Everything in the world of the Turtles is upended at the moment.  Donatello’s body is just hanging on as he learns to deal with being stuck in a robot body for the moment.  The Foot Clan is taking orders from a new leader with Shredder presumed dead, someone who is looking to be just as ruthless as he was.  With the Foot Clan in disarray, Casey Jones’ father thinks this gives him a chance for a family reconciliation, and isn’t very happy to find out otherwise.  Meanwhile Shredder finds himself learning how far his new business partner’s plans go.  There is a lot going on in the series right now, but the writing team balances it perfectly so we never feel like its too much or that one portion is getting more attention than another.    Donatello’s journey is perhaps the most fascinating as he finds his mind expanding and biological needs gone, one that we hope doesn’t end to quickly.


Title:  Tomb Raider #16

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Rhianna Pratchett

Artist:  Derlis Santacruz

Inker:  Andy Owens

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Andy Park

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After saving herself and the little girl she was after, Lara makes her way further into the jungle alone, hoping to find Grim.  What she stumbles into is a group of kidnappers who have a much more personal connection to her father than she could have imagined.  Deciding to go it alone may have been a big mistake as she finds herself captured and without many options.  Lara’s stubbornness about not wanting to get her friends involved is getting a bit tiresome as it continues to get her and her friends in more trouble than they would have been in to begin with.  The former connection her father had with the group was a bit out of nowhere and out of place, so hopefully the next issue can clarify why it evened mattered to begin with.


Title: Zombie Tramp Vs. Vampblade #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jason Martin and Dan Mendoza

Artist:  Winston Young

Letterer:  Adam Wollet

Cover Artist:  Winston Young

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Per typical Zombie Tramp fashion, this latest miniseries plays up the violence and the sex, with more of a focus on the latter.  Having only been briefly introduced to her in the main Zombie Tramp series, we are given an overview of Vampblade herself, her mission, in this universes take on vampires.  As she goes out to kill a group of vampires she believes are about to eat a defenseless girl, she finds out the defenseless girl is actually Zombie Tramp who was about to feed.  Not knowing what vampires are, Zombie Tramp decides to fight instead and listening, leading to some unintended consequences.  The story really gives artist Winston Young an opportunity to play up the “cheese” factor of the two characters.  That’s expected, but what was missing was more of the series trademark outrageousness and humor that comes from the idea.  As this was set more to focus on Vampblade, we’re hoping things pick up a little more next issue.

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