Capsule Comic Reviews 07/01/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Airboy #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  James Robinson

Artist:  Greg Hinkle

Cover Artist:  Greg Hinkle

Review:  ★★★★★

Once again Robinson and Hinkle’s strange and fantastic take on Airboy delights and impresses.  The meta take on writing about the golden age hero takes a further hilarious turn as Airboy comes to the two and they must deal with him while assuming they’re losing their mind.  Of course the drug use and sex continues to hilarious results, but it also deflty shows how the world has changed from the golden age to today.  This is quickly turning into one of the greatest selfaware comics we have ever read.


Title:  Punks:  The Comic – CBLDF Special

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Cover Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Review:  ★★★★★

It’s no secret that we love Punks:  The Comic, but how can anyone pass up on a special issue where part of the profits are donated to the CBLDF?  In a fitting tribute against censorship, Fialkov and Chamberlain attempt to break every rule of The Comic Code Authority that ruled mainstream comics for over 50 years.  It will also warn you of the dangers of Vegetarianism (yes, the diabolical religious version.)  You’ll support an excellent cause and laugh harder than you should reading a comic.


Title:  We Stand Guard #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Brian K Vaughan

Artist:  Steve Skroce

Colorist:  Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer:  Fonografiks

Cover Artist:  Steve Skroce

Review:  ★★★★★

Every time Brian K Vaughan puts out a new series, an angel gets its wings.  It’s true, when Vaughan puts out a new series, it’s a pretty exciting time.  His unique visions almost always produce something wonderful and We Stand On Guard is looking to be no exception.  America takes its superpower status a step further as it militarizes and invades Canada.  While they have crushed most of the Canadians forces, there is still a special resistance struggling against them.  The story is brilliantly brought to life with Steve Skroce’s art that works wonders on the large cast of characters and the hell of war.  Together they quickly develop plenty of depth and have time for some incredible action with a AT-AT looking American war machine.  What else could you ask for?

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Title:  8house:  Arclight #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Brandon Graham

Artist:  Marian Churchland

Letterer:  Ariana Maher

Cover Artist:  Marian Churchland

Review: ★★★☆☆

The newest addition into the 8house fantasy series has returned.  For those uninitiated with this world, the first issue of Arclight doesn’t give you much to introduce you beyond showing us the main characters.  While the story felt a little hollow, Churchland’s art and mesmerizing pastel coloring has kept us interested.


Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #16

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Cliff Richards

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Mike Norton and Michelle Madsen

Review:  ★★★★☆

While Angel is away helping the Scooby Gang, Faith and Fred are left to investigate a vampire problem at a prep school in Magic Town.  Amusingly, Faith has to go undercover to try to root out the vampires by posing as a substitute gym teacher.  Having Angel gone feels a little off, but at actually works well as it gives time for Faith to integrate back into Magic Town after being away for so long.


Title:  Barb Wire #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Chris Warner

Artist:  Patrick Olliffe

Inker:  Tom Nguyen

Colorist:  Gabe Eltaeb

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Adam Hughes

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

In the past I was never much of a fan of Barb Wire and this issue did nothing to change my mind.  She picks up a wanted man for television crews and goes back to her club where trouble can’t help but stir up.  Unfortunately it all is a bit drab, especially the source of the conflict.  The beautiful Adam Hughes cover is easily the best part of the story, but of course you can’t judge a book by its cover.


Title:  Chew #50

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Layman

Artist:  Rob Guillory

Colorist:  Taylor Wells

Cover Artist:  Rob Guillory

Review:  ★★★★☆

After a giant buildup, Chu finally confronts the Collector for one last confrontation.  It was a little disappointing that the Collector’s new army was annihilated off page, but the showdown between the two was pretty spectacular all on its own.  It wrapped several things up while serving as a great final sendoff for Poyo, everyone’s favorite chicken badass.  With only ten issues left its hard to imagine where Layman and Guillory are taking things from here, but judging from the epilogue, it looks like the series still has plenty of bang left in it.


Title:  Deadly Class #14

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Wes Craig 

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Wes Craig

Review:  ★★★★☆

With the epic events of last issue, Maria is presumed to have run away with her vendetta completed and Marcus is taking it really hard.  We follow him as he goes through the various stages of grief, continually pushing his friends further away.  By the time he finally hits bottom, he finally realizes Maria never ran away and believes he knows who is responsible.  Whether his assumption about the betrayer is true or just paranoia remains to be seen.  Either way, once Marcus knows th truth, everyone better watch out.


Title:  Imperium #6

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Scot Eaton

Inker:  Wayne Faucher

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Scot Eaton, Livesay, and Paul Mounts;  Cafu and David Baron;  Kano

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The assault on Rising Spirit continues as Kozol struggles to stay alive and take control of the situation.  The latest H.A.R.D. Corps recruits are completely unprepared for what they’re dealing with as Harada’s team rips a trail of destruction through the sub.  Along the way Harada gets his first glimpse of Divinity, who we have absolutely no idea why is there.  Hopefully Dysart can successfully tie in an acceptable answer next issue, because right now he was very forced and out of place.


Title:  Jupiter’s Circle #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist:  David Gianfelice

Inker:  Davide Gianfelice and Mortarino

Colorist:  Ive Svorcina

Letterer:  Frank Quitely

Cover Artist:  Frank Quitely

Review:  ★★★★☆

Several times Millar’s prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy has felt like a superhero take on Mad Men at times, but none so more than here.  Fitz is having the time of his life with his young lover while his family and team watch from the sidelines.  When things go bad for him, his still loving wife is ready in the wings to accept him once more.  If it were any other time period, the events would seem ridiculous while here it feels right in place.  Our main complaint with Jupiter’s Circle has been its lack of focus for what the overall story is supposed to be with this miniseries, but a gem like this makes us stop caring about that.


Title:  Nailbiter #14

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We are getting closer and closer to finding out the truth about Buckaroo’s serial killer roots, but we still have a little further to go.  Warren leads the sheriff and Finch down to the secret temple beneath the city to reveal it is not quite what it seems.  Before they can get any further, they have another butcher to deal with first.  The twist of sorts on the temple is actually a bit of a relief.  Where they seem to be heading toward could be much more logical, twisted, and darkly satisfying than we thought.  That is if the secrets are actually ever revealed after all the stalling.


Title:  Onyx #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Chris Ryall

Artist:  Gabriel Rodriguez

Colorist:  Jay Fotos

Letterer:  Shawn Lee

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Rodriguez

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Onyx plays out like a mix of Halo and Call of Duty.  An alien plague, which seems much like the Flood from Halo, crashes into Earth with an alien protector, Onyx, hurrying towards it who reminds us of a cross between a Spartan and Arbiter.  A Black Ops team is sent to investigate the crashes which leads to  introductions and a team up quickly ensues.  Starting off the story has to many parts that seems all to familiar with a little too much exposition bogging it down during a huge alien threat.  While it could still surprise us, Onyx has yet to make itself stand out from the pack.


Title:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47

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;  Valerio Schiti and Claudia SG Ianniciello

Review:  ★★★★☆

The several threads bouncing around in TMNT continue, but slowly are starting to converge.  As Casey gets a little help from the whole neighborhood fending off his father and gang members, Shredder makes his way back to the Foot Clan with his new partner Stockman to take the reins from his granddaughter.  Their first order of business is to send Stockman’s army of killer robots right to the Turtles home.  While things are already getting back to normal, it was nice to see the several different plot lines start to merge back together.  We wish time would have allowed for more of Donatello in his current form, but with so much else going on it was a fair trade for this month.


Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Kate Brown and Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Covers:  Kate Brown;  Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Review:  ★★★★☆

At the end of last month’s explosive issue, we couldn’t believe what had happened really happened.  Sure enough, the two giant deaths did as things pick up days later as everyone tries to find out what happened.  This leads Baal to Morrigan as he searches for Baphomet as his anger takes over.  It feels very odd having guest artist taking over during this new arc; even though Kate Brown does a commendable job, this far in you expect to see Jamie McKelvie’s work which will throw you off just a bit.  We imagine the series will go back to a slow burn with such massive events having just occurred, but jumping into this new arc it was able to keep things on track so far.


Title:  X-O Manowar #38

Publisher:  Valiant Comics

Writer:  Robert Venditti;  Amy Chu;  Andy Runton;  Rafer Roberts

Artist:  Rafa Sandoval;  Clayton Henry;  Cafu;  Andy Runton;  Rafer Roberts

Inker:  Jordi Tarragona

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Cary Nord;  Cafu

Review:  ★★★★☆

Things move fast for Aric this week.  After getting the blessing from his deceased wife via Dr. Mirage’s assistance, he decides he is ready to ask Saana to marry him.  Preparations flash by in a week and the two are married in front of many of the big players of the Valiant universe.  Surprisingly no alien invasion came to interrupt their wedding, which is very appreciated they avoided that comic wedding trope.  There is no action but instead a deeply warm and personal story for Aric which allows a little light into his world.  Guest writers and artists join the festivities with short stories that further this mood along.  After battle after battle, especially Armor Hunters leading to the Armorines, and just recently Dead Hand, this is a great refreshing breather before more danger heads his way.

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