Capsule Comic Reviews 06/03/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Airoboy #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  James Robinson

Artist:  Greg Hinkle

Cover Artist:  Greg Hinkle

Review:  ★★★★★

If you are a fan of the golden age character Airboy, this book might not be for you.  While the book retains the title of the character, the contents are something considerably different and surprisingly amazing.  The book follows actual writer James Robinson as he actually is given the assignment to create a new Airboy comic.  Having absolutely no idea where to begin, his wife suggests he pick the artist and the two collaborate on the story from there.  He selects Greg Hinkle but the two still have no idea what to do.  What follows is a sex-filled drug and alcohol bender that will make you never look at these two the same again.  Obviously reality is stretched very far (at least we hope) but the honesty of the writer’s block and hilarity of the bender come together for something special you don’t see in comics very often.  Like a comic creators version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Airboy is not what you would expect but instead its own creation that is so much better than anything you could have dreamed.


Title:  Big Man Plans #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell;  Dave Johnson

Review:  ★★★★★

The first issue already proved how horrific and brutal Big Man Plans was, but after this issue, wow!  After getting beaten and burned alive, our small anti-hero is even more driven to carry out his revenge, this time with a wrench.  The pain he delivers isn’t just physical, even though there is plenty of that, but he makes sure to mentally scar someone for the rest of the short time they have left.  This is not a story for the faint of heart.  For those who are reasonably enough desensitized, this story will continuously blow you away.

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Title:  Age of Reptiles:  Ancient Egyptians #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Richard Delagado

Artist:  Richard Delgado

Colorist:  Ryan Hill

Cover Artist:  Richard Delgado

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Age of Reptiles returns with an all new dinosaur filled adventure.  If you have not previously read anything from the series, it is a realistic take on the prehistoric time, meaning you will not find any cartoon talking dinosaurs here.  The entire story is driven only by Delgado’s art as it follows a Spinosaurus aegyptiacus as it hunts and survives.  The story telling technique is something to be admired as he captures the ferocity and savagery of this creatures.  The problem comes from the art itself.  Delgado relies on heavy line work that when combined with similar muted greens and browns for the coloring makes things very hard to understand.  Out of the water the dinosaurs blended in with their surroundings and the same can be said underwater portions.  Without any words, the blending of the art makes the issue hard to follow and holds it back.


Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #15

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Kel McDonald

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Mike Norton and Michelle Madsen

Review:  ★★★★☆

With Fred having taken control of her body once more, she decides that it is time to see the world and take a vacation.  With Angel having dreams of killing innocents, she decides he should accompany her to his birth place Galway, Ireland so she can see the city and they can research what is happening to him.  Coincidently, the two become part of a witch’s plot to steal the fear from tourists which they of course are compelled to put a stop to.  Gischler takes a break from the series for what is definitely a quick fill in issue.  For anyone following Buffy, we already know the cause of Angel’s dreams and this gives the series a chance to catch up in time for the upcoming crossover between the two.  As a one-shot story it was entertaining, even though it would have been better for the focus to have been on Fred taking control of her life once again than Angel taking lead.  Still, the weight of the dreams was already lost so from the beginning the story was hampered.  The best thing to come out of this issue, Fred asking Angel “Can we call ourselves Angel Investigations?”  Yes, please!


Title:  D4ve #5

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Ryan Ferrier

Artist:  Valentin Ramon

Cover Artist:  Valentin Ramon

Review:  ★★★★☆

D4ve ends how you would have expected.  He reconciles with his family.  He kills lots and lots of aliens.  He saves E4rth.  It might have been predictable, but that didn’t make it any less funny or spectacular watching him do it.  The entire time the series showed how these robots had more or less become the humans they killed, so why not end it with all the tropes thrown in for fun.  That is part of what made D4ve so special.  It is also why we cannot wait for his next adventure.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Twelfth Doctor #8

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Robbie Williamson

Artist:  Brian Willamson

Colorist:  Hi-Fi

Cover Artist:  Brian Williamson

Review:  ★★★★☆

Paul Foster only wanted to be reunited with his family that died in a car crash.  After crossing into another dimension where he died and not his family, realities protectors, the Fractures, have tried to erase him from existence.  With the Doctor and Clara involved, the two time traveling companions try to help the family from being ripped apart again.  The only way to stop the Fractures is to give up Paul so the Doctor has to figure something out, which he always does.  The Fractures are an interesting enemy for the Doctor to face considering they are only trying to stop reality from ripping apart, far from an evil task.  It poses some interesting questions, even if they get answered and dealt with fairly quickly.  For this new foil, it was nice to see them not fully dealt with, promising we should see them once again in the future.


Title:  Imperium #5

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  Brian Reber and Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Kano;  Scot Eaton, Scott Hanna, and Daniela Miwa;  Cafu and Andrew Dalhouse;  Robert Gill and Omi Remalante;  Sina Grace and John Rauch

Review:  ★★★★☆

The issue takes the perspective of an interesting character, H.A.R.D. Corps Kozol.  While we have known the character for quite some time, it is interesting to finally get into his head for a change and see how he views himself and the world.  Unfortunately for him, he has been a nervous wreck, somehow knowing that Harada was going to attempt a strike on their base at any time.  Sure enough his fears are warranted, but it gets played up in a nice mind bending direction where everyone thinks he may have lost it.  The foundation that has been laid since th beginning has finally hit and we’re able to see Harada’s team in action.  There is still at least one member who is a wild card, but by next issue we assume that is getting resolved.


Title:  Morning Glories #46

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Nick Spencer

Artist:  Joe Eisma

Colorist:  Paul Little

Letterer:  Johnny Lowe

Cover Artist:   Rodin Esquejo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We get one of the most character focused issues as the book turns completely on one of the most dangerous students, Irina.  They show us her origin of coming to the school and how even when she was younger, she was just as deadly as she is now.  With her training progressing in the present, they decide it is time for her to step up for her first assassination, who happens to be a familiar face.  While we don’t get any deeper answers about her, it is still exciting watching her skills.  Her first assignment also raises some interesting ideas, that is if she actually goes through with it or not.


Title:  Nailbiter #13

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson, Adam Guzowski, and Jonah J. Hill

Review:  ★★★☆☆

How many issues can things be stretched out before we finally know the truth?  Warren continues to drag out telling Finch and the sheriff what causes people to become serial killers in Buckaroo.  The first set back is not his fault as the local reverend and his congregation come to the sheriff’s house looking for Warren.  After amusingly getting them to back down he takes them down to the tunnel and further stalls.  The issue does explain the sheriff and Warren’s former relationship as teens, but it never felt like it gave us any important insight into either characters.  The saving grace of the issue is an interesting ending that looks as though it is setting up the next butcher in an interesting form.


Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #11

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Covers:  Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Wicked + The Divine certainly knows how to play with are expectations.  After last issue, we assume Baphomet is going to try to kill Inanna.  The two have a spectacular fight that is easily one of the best in the series so far.  However, the biggest death of the issue is one you would never have seen coming.  It is almost unbelievable actually, except they did kill Luci and that felt pretty unbelievable at the time.  Of the entire series so far, this is the issue you won’t want to miss.

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