Capsule Comic Reviews 07/15/15

Best of the Week


Title:  Book of Death #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Robert Gill;  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  David Baron;  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Robert Gill

Review:  ★★★★★

There has been plenty of hype building towards Book of Death, which serves as a followup to The Valiant of sorts.  Sure enough, the first issue does not disappoint as Gilad must try to save the Geomancer from the future from the Earth trying to kill them.  The world blames this young Geomancer from the destruction that they are leaving in her wake, with only Gilad knowing the truth as even his teammates turn against him.  The story is already riveting and is brought to life with gorgeous art from Gill and Braithwaite.  Secret Wars what?  If you want the best comic event of the summer, make sure to pick this issue up right away.


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Title:  Book of Death:  Legends of the Geomancer #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Juan Jose Ryp


Cover Artist:  Marguerite Sauvage

Review: ★★★★☆

The possibly sad thing about this Book of Death tie-in is that it is a retailer incentive series, meaning it might be hard to pick up in certain comic shops depending on how many copies of Book of Death they order.  While a little shorter than a standard issue, this is otherwise by no means a sub par issue;  in fact it is off to a great start.  We follow the first Geomancer as her tribe is set to sacrifice her, believing her to be the cause of their recent problems.  However she is very resourceful and finds a way to get out of her bind.  For a shorten book it has plenty of action of which Ryp wonderfully brings to life with still some downtime for us to get to understand this Geomancer a bit more.  If the rest of the Book of Death tie-ins are this strong, we’re definitely in for a treat.


Title:  Dead Drop #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Ales Kot

Artist:  Adam Gorham

Colorist:  Michael Spicer

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Michael Spicer

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While Dead Drop has not been one of our top choices from Valiant, the book does get a slight lift this week as it focuses on a character that fits into the quirky narrative much better than the previous two heroes, Beta-Max.  When one of his best features to his own estimation is to be able to “fax people about things”, you know hilarity should ensue.  The character himself makes the story plenty more amusing, but when the story takes a turn into alien territory, it again finds itself bogged down.  The title definitely has the most “indie” feel to it compared to anything else from Valiant, but on that same token it leaves it the odd title out.


Title:  Death Head #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics 

Writer:  Zack Keller

Artist:  Joanna Estep

Colorist:  Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letter:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★★

Right in the first issue, Death Head introduces all of the horror elements needs to get us excited.  It follows four separate stories at this point, a husband and wife out on a camping trip alone who stumble upon an abandoned town they should have left alone and who we are left to assume are their two children back at home, though the issue itself gives us little indication in the only confusing part.  Otherwise all four have been put on the radar of the mysterious Death Head who we cannot wait to find out more about in this intriguing new tale.


Title:  Godzilla in Hell #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing 

Writer:  James Stokoe

Artist:  James Stokoe


Cover Artist:  James Stokoe

Review:  ★★★★☆

In a very interesting twist, Godzilla has apparently finally been killed and sent to hell.  Who is this worse for, Godzilla or hell?  From this first issue it appears hell may be no match for our favorite green monster as he takes on various horrors and easily keeps going.  With no dialogue beyond a few constructed words from hell for Godzilla which he promptly destroys, the art has to carry the story and Stokoe does a great job.  Our title character looks great and he makes sure to fill in plenty of terrifying details to show the horror of where he is, such as a tidal wave of human spirits slamming into him.  While it forgoes cities for a desolate wasteland of a setting, Godzilla fans should feel right at home as the book proves not even the afterlife can stop this destructive force.

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