Capsule Comic Reviews 07/08/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Big Man Plans #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell;  Dave Johnson

Review:  ★★★★★

You might want to cover your eyes for this one.  Our main character finally reveals his motivation for revenge and finishes off the sheriff, very slowly and horribly.  It may be some of the most gruesome scenes we have ever witnessed in a comic.  We loved every minute of it.  Big Man Plans revels in the over the top violence which in real life you imagine could never happen, much in the way Mortal Kombat does for video games.  It’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake which may turn some off, but it is just so good.  Now we should probably go seek some professional help.


Title:  Bloodshot Reborn #4

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Mico Suayan

Colorist:  David Baron

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Mico Suayan;  Dave Johnson;  Robert Gill and Pete Pantazis;  Ryan Lee and Allen Passalaqua

Review:  ★★★★★

We’ve always enjoyed Bloodshot and always thought it was a great series since the original 90’s run.  Even with that said, Bloodshot has never as excellent as Lemire and Suayan’s Bloodshot Reborn.  Bloodshot tracks down his next unstable target fueled by his former nanites and starts to have disagreements with his imaginary friends.  Just like us, he is starting to question if there is more to them than appears.  The question gets put on hold as he gets down to business and finds an unintended consequence he must help.  This new player entering the stage could drag the story down or bring it up, which we are betting on the latter considering the amazing prelude Lemire writes at the end of what’s to come.  The mixture of Lemire’s story brought to life with Suayan’s fantastic art already had our eyes glues to the page the entire time, but the ending had us screaming for more.


Title:  Invader Zim #1

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Jhonen Vasquez

Artist:  Aaron Alexovich

Inker:  Megan Lawton

Colorist:  Simon “Hutt” Troussellier

Letterer:  Warren Wucinich

Cover Artist:  Aaron Alexovich and Rikki Simons

Review:  ★★★★★

It has been so long since I have watched Invader Zim, I wasn’t sure if it was just nostalgia that had me excited about this series or if Zim was truly as amazing as I remember.  Suffice to say, the series made me fall in love with Zim, Gir, and Dib again almost immediately.  Mirroring real life a tad, Dib has been patiently awaiting Zim’s return by sitting in front of monitors, slowly growing more decrepit and smelly.  In normal fashion, Zim returns suddenly, as we find out he has been hiding in his toilet transport the whole time.  It feels just like the original series thanks to Vasquez actually writing the issue.  Per usual, Gir has plenty of great, random one liners that will make you wonder how you’ve gotten along this far without him.  This is Invader Zim back in its prime, ready to delight longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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Title:  Bloodstrike #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rob Liefield

Artist:  Rob Liefield

Colorist:  Jeremy Colwell

Letterer:  Chris Eliopolous

Cover Artist:  Rob Liefield;  Dan Fraga;  Karl Altstaetter

Review: ★★★★☆

Love him or hate him, Rob Liefield is back with lots of violence and plenty of exaggerated muscles.  If you are unfamiliar with Bloodstrike, the cover homage to Liefield’s classic cover for New Mutants #98 will give you a big hint.  Bloodstrike is close enough to old school Deadpool without actually being Deadpool.  He is an assassin who cracks some jokes, but is more deadly than anything else leading to plenty of decapitations and limbs being severed.  The big joke is on him though as he is captured and ripped apart.  A successful rescue allows him to regenerate most of his body, but not his “junk” which was removed.  Not wanting to be a Ken doll for the rest of his life, his mission continues with new self-importance.  It’s ridiculous but fun.  We happen to land on the side of fans that appreciate Liefield’s art style for what it is and have the humor mentality of a ten-year old making Bloodstrike that much more fun.


Title:  Descender #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist:  Dustin Nguyen

Review:  ★★★★☆

Last month we wondered if there wasn’t something more to Dr. Quon than met the eye.  Sure enough he has one hell of a secret, which is why Tim is so special.  The entire crew is in terrible danger which keeps the issue exciting, but the bombshell could turn everything we thought we knew on its head.  Lemire is a fantastic writer, so we should have known there would be much more to this story.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Eleventh Doctor #14

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Al Ewing and Rob Williams

Artist:  Simon Fraser

Colorist:  Gary Caldwell

Letter:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Boo Cook

Review:  ★★★

The Tardis leaving the Doctor, it is a very interesting concept the current arc explores as the time machine questions the Doctor’s decisions as of late. The Doctor gets a little to whiny about it, but considering how much he and his companions have been through recently, we cut him a little slack. Jones’ trip through the timestream with the entity causes him to undergo a significant change which should prove interesting in itself.  As it nears the end of this chapter we are anxious to see how everything falls into place, though this issue was a little rough around the edges at points.


Title:  Rebels #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Andrea Mutti

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  Tula Lotay

Review:  ★★★★☆

Once again we are reminded that the hero of our story is himself not perfect. His lack of social skills cause some important historical figures to doubt his worth as they discard him to the side. Thankfully those he has served with know how valuable he can be as he is sent on a very important mission to transport crucial cannons to George Washington. His investment in his cause put further strain on his marriage as he forgoes the chance to see her so as to get the cannons transported faster. Woods does a fantastic job of weaving in historical figures and events around Seth, who even as a fictional character, could be believed to have been real. The story takes the truth but inserts the human side with Seth to show how war, any for that matter, can affect families.


Title:  Star Trek/Green Lantern #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Johnson

Artist:  Angel Hernandez

Colorist:  Alejandro Sanchez

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Gabriel Rodriguez

Review:  ★★★★☆

Now many were probably perplexed about Star Trek and Green Lantern crossing over, but it actually fits together much better than you might think. In an alternate world, the various Lantern rings are carried away into safety into a different dimension. The rings are eventually discovered by the crew of the Enterprise who have a chance encounter with a familiar Klingon. The rings are inadvertently activated which cause them to seek out new wearers between the two ships. Who better to intervene in this type of disaster waiting to happen than Hal Jordan? While the issue mostly focuses on the Star Trek side of things, Johnson, having plenty of experience with the crew, does a great job to make the characters have an authentic feel. Finding strange alien objects fits well with their mission, creating the perfect stage for this event. Mixing in a little Klingon trouble just makes it that much better.


Title:  Star Trek:  New Visions:  1971/4860.2 #7

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  John Byrne

Artist:  John Byrne (Photomontage)

Cover Artist:  John Byrne (Photomontage)

Review:  ★★★★☆

Returning to an old character and story, Byrne reunites Kirk with Gary Seven from the failed spinoff attempt during the original series. This time the Dhoraxi have gone back in time to destroy the Federation. Through a series of events, Kirk is the only one who he is spared, giving him a chance to fix things with the help of his one time ally. While the original Gary Seven story was not that exciting, Byrne does a nice job to make things much more interesting with the Dhoraxi as the villains. The two find some help from a gold prospector with a shotgun which is the only misstep in the story, as he is just plain goofy and out of place. Otherwise this successfully took a failed character from the original series and actually put him to better use than he originally was.


Title:  Starve #2

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Danijel Zezelj

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Cover Artist:  Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart

Review: ★★★☆☆

Starve continues to be an odd concoction, part future dystopian world where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer as we view it through the eyes of someone who reminds us of Anthony Bourdain.  Gavin enters the mega popular food show he previously hosted and is immediately given a near impossible task.  The futuristic world actually gets in the way of an otherwise great narrative.  Gavin and his journey would have been just as appealing without the setting or focus on the 99% movement idea, if not more so.  Otherwise Gavin’s story is just beginning and we have to admit we are ready to see more.


Title:  The Tomorrows #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Curt Pires

Artist:  Jason Copland

Colorist:  Adam Metcalfe

Letterer:  Colin Bell

Cover Artist:  Jason Copland and Dylan Todd

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The Tomorrows comes out the door and stumbles almost right away.  Pires and Copland have made an interesting world that looks pretty, but has little substance.  The characters and situation are introduced right away, but none of it feels natural.  The characters feel hollow and the story feels overly rushed with its complexities.  Like a comic from the 90’s it steamrolled through issue and it was hard to keep up.  While we are not counting this completely out, we were left unimpressed.


Title:  Unity #20

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Jose Luis;  Sandro Ribeiro;  Alisson Rodrigues;  Livesay;  Jefte Palo

Colorist:  Andrew Dalhouse and Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Kano;  Clayton Henry and Brian Reber

Review:  ★★★★☆

The one woman juggernaut, Warmonger, continues her quest of destroying Unity by making her way to Livewire.  We find out more about her past encounters with Unity through the ages, including her first meeting with Gilad.  Having a villain fill in the hero on their master plans is one of the biggest tropes in comics, however, with Warmonger is feels right for the character.  It also gives us a great look into the past through her eyes.  It’s been awhile since we’ve really seen the team in action together, but this is a fun threat that will be great to see them unite and stop.

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